WEDENSDAY 20th MARCH 2013
I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Sheila Deeth Author of ‘Divide By Zero’
Sheila Deeth grew up in the UK and has a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. Now living in the States near Portland Oregon, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, telling stories and meeting her neighbors’ dogs on the green.
It takes a subdivision to raise a child, and a wealth of threads to weave a tapestry, until one breaks. Troy, the garage mechanic’s son, loves Lydia, the
rich man’s daughter. Amethyst has a remarkable cat and Andrea a curious accent. Old Abigail knows more than anyone else but doesn’t speak. And in Paradise Park a middle aged man keeps watch while autistic Amelia keeps getting lost. Pastor Bill, at the church of Paradise, tries to mend people. Peter mends cars. But when that fraying thread gives way it might take a child to raise the subdivision…or to mend it.
Now let’s get all cosy with our cuppa’s and catch up with the lovely Sheila Deeth …
Hi Sheila and welcome! It’s great to have you here.
At first it was just a series of stories written for various prompts on Gather.com. Then the characters took on a life of their own. Somebody died—much to my surprise—and I just had to know more.
How would you compare writing this book with anything you have previously written?
I’m not sure I’d recommend writing a novel this way. Getting all the stories to fit along the timeline was complicated, and there were so many characters, all very determined to make sure I got things right. It was fun though, spending time with each one as I walked our dog around the green.
How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?
I’ve always told stories. Even when I didn’t have time to write, I taught chess club in elementary school by telling stories of kids learning to play. And even before I could talk I apparently “chattered” constantly. In elementary school the teachers would “borrow” me from class to keep the older kids entertained with my stories. Eventually the principal presented me with two alternatives—either learn to write or learn to speak into a microphone. The pencil was less scary.
How do you organise your writing time?
I’m very disorganized. Writing time is my chocolate treat when all the work is done.
Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?
I can write anytime, anywhere, and nothing can distract me. Unfortunately, if I write things longhand I’ll really struggle to read them afterward, so on the computer in the middle of the family room is my usual writing space, often with my husband getting more and more frustrated as I fail to notice he’s talking to me.
Am I interesting? I’m English, American, Catholic, Protestant, a mathematician, and a writer. And I love teaching kids to play chess.
Thank you for being here today Sheila.
Thank you for inviting me, and for having such a lovely site to invite me to!
~Where to find Sheila Deeth~
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Michaelene McElroy (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with….H C Elliston (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Victoria Watson (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with… Stacy Eaton (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catchup – An Author Interview With…Emerald Barnes (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…S J Byrne (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Sass Cadeaux (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with… Tammie Clarke Gibbs (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Barbie Herrera AKA Martha Emms (missuswolf.wordpress.com)