sibelle.jpgSibelle Hodge is a UK-based self-published author, whose novel, The Fashion Police, is available now. I spoke to Sibele about work, writing and her plans for the future.

In addition, Sibelle has 5 e-book copies of her book to give away. To be in with  chance of winning, simply leave a comment and the first five will be sent The Fashion Polic. (Please ensure that you leave your email address.)

Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.
It's a screwball comedy-mystery, combining murder and mayhem with romance and chick-lit.

What inspired you to write The Fashion Police?

I worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary for ten years as a communications officer and coroner's officer, and having a sense of humour was a very important part of keeping you sane, so it felt natural for me to write comedy. I love reading romantic comedies, but I also love mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels. My first novel was a romantic comedy and I wanted to try out a comedy mystery. I love screwball humour, which is still immensely popular, particularly on the big screen. What better way to eliminate the stress of our modern lives than by laughing it away? The idea for the Fashion Police just came to me one day while watching Tara Banks's reality supermodel show.

Where do you write your books?
My husband seems to have stolen my office desk, so at the moment I write anywhere - at the kitchen table, the sofa, in bed. Usually several of my rescue cats are fighting for prize position on my knee at the time. No ideal really, but when a girl's gotta write, a girl's gotta write!

What is your favourite chick-lit book?

Oh, God! What a hard question. With so many great chick-lit authors out there, it's impossible to choose one.

Who is your favourite heroine, and why?
It would probably have to be a huge favourite of most women: Bridget Jones. She's funny, sweet, completely accident-prone, and slightly nuts! What a fab combination.

What made you decide to self-publish your books?

Unfortunately a book could be brilliantly written, have fantastic characters and plot, have great commercial potential, and yet still not be taken up by a publisher. I think publishers are afraid to take risks on new writers; they want to stick with established authors who already have a large readership. With the existing economic crises as well, this further decreases the opportunities for new authors to break through and become published. But there is a real change in the attitude of readers, retailers, and mainstream publishers to self-published books. In fact, many self published titles are gaining a lot of publicity and sales and these authors have been signed by major publishing houses. My novels have been recognized through literary awards such as the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and The Yeovil Literary Prize 2009.

Do you have any tips for readers who would like to become published authors?

You have to have a thick skin to be prepared for all the rejection letters (no matter how nice and full of praise they are.) You have to try, try, try, and yep...keep trying. Many well know authors were writing for years before they got a lucky break. You also have to try and create a buzz about your work so that someone will eventually notice your potential.

What are you currently reading?

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.

Are you working on anything else at the moment, and if so, can you tell us?
I have so much that I want to do. Of course I'd love my ebooks to be picked up by a mainstream publisher to sell in paperback version. I'm planning a series of books following on from the Fashion Police that will send Amber Fox on various adventures. I'm also planning to write a sequel to Fourteen Days Later that will be set in North Cyprus. Several literary consultants and editors have suggested that I turn both novels into film scripts, and this is something I'm currently working on.

Thanks, Sibelle!

For more information about The Fashion Police, check out Sibelle's Lulu storefront.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Sibelle Hodge - Comments

  • Minty

    I like the sound of this. Am I too late? Please put my name down.

  • Kerry Grindinger

    Sounds like a great book!

    kerrylyn at gmail dot com

  • Leila

    Just saw this link on Twitter. I'd like to win please :)

  • Julia Dickinson

    This sounds interesting! Count me in to win.

  • Jo

    This sounds similar to a Janet Evanovich style novel. Fantastic, we need more comedy crime for the women's market.

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