Interview with Del Gibson

Updated: Jan 18

Tell me a bit about yourself….

My name is Del Gibson. I am a mother of five and an aspiring Author. I have completed a Creative Writing Course for the Creative Industries, Level 5, and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing, Level 7 with Whitireia Polytechnic.

What genre/s do you write in?

At the moment my focus is on Fiction, Dark Paranormal Horror/ Phycological Thrillers.

How long have you been writing?

Ever since I learned to read and write. Many years.

Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took.

Not yet, but I am in the process of revision for the novel I have been working on, to get it to a publishable standard to send to publishers.

Did you use an editor? If so, who?

I have edited myself and am willing to use a publisher's editor when the time comes for publication.

Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?

I have formatted it myself with the skills I have learned in my courses.

Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go for you?

I plan on a traditional publisher.

How do you market your work and promote your brand?(Include links)

I would probably use the publishers' marketing team and promote on my social media accounts.

What inspires you most to write?

My passion for horror and the paranormal.

What do you do to help with writer's block?

Write and process. A break away from the manuscript helps with this issue.

How do you plan your writing and start?

I write in the morning with a fresh mind. I don’t plan as such; I just write and do not stop until I have it right in my head.

Is writing your full-time job? If not, what else do you do?

I am a busy mother, so I write when I am able. Mostly when the children are at school.

What are you working on at the moment?

My manuscript One Dead Sister. It is a Dark Paranormal Horror novel.

What is your target audience?


How long does it take you to write a book?

To truly get it to a publishable standard, I would say 1 year of intensive writing and another to get it to a high quality to send to publishers.

When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?

When I was in Primary School. I discovered poetry when I was in college.

What is your writing schedule look like?

Mornings and into the afternoon are my best times for writing. I write for as long as possible, which is usually about 6-8 hours a day.

What does your family think about your writing?

My family and friends are very supportive of my writing.

What do you do when you are not writing?


Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?

Sometimes they come to me in dreams, in my head, and inspiration from other resources that I believe would make a great book. Observing my environment and keeping the research going.

What do you think makes a good story?

So long as all the important elements to writing are correct, I believe there are always stories to tell. Even if they have already been done before, anyone can create a story with a fresh eye.

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