Interview with Liz Constable, a book artist who writes

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

Tell me a bit about yourself….

I’m a book artist who writes. Originally from the UK, I’ve been in New Zealand for over 30 years. I’ve always been fascinated by words and their use.

What genre/s do you write in?

DIY / craft Self-help

How long have you been writing?

Since I was 12,

Do you have any published books or articles?

Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took.

My first book: One Small Drop, was self-published. My second book: DIY Notizbüchlein: Leicht gemacht was published by Freya Verlag an Austrian Publishing House. My third book: DIY Notebooks Made Easy was published by Little Wing, an imprint of Little Island Press (NZ) My fourth book: Re: Create was self-published In 2015 I was one of 7000 exhibitors at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is how I met Freya Verlag.

Did you use an editor? If so who?

I’m currently working with a Wellington-based editor Kate Andrew.

Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?

Jo Constable from The Design Space in Wellington:

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

I’ve done both. I’ve had to work just as hard with both to promote myself.

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

Social media/word of mouth/hustling/book launches/writing to magazines/my own website: https://

What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?

Instagram has worked really well for me.

Do you use an agent? No.

Do you use paid advertising? If so what? No.

Do you have a blog or website? Yes, both:

What inspires you most to write? Everything. I’m inspired by the smallest of things, such as the light at sunset, something someone says in a conversation, a snippet of a conversation.

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

I don’t have this.

How do you plan your writing and start?

I just get up and write in the morning.

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

No, I’m a book artist and I teach people how to make books and dye paper.

What are you working on at the moment? My first novel.

What is your target audience? Mostly women around 45-75 and in the US.

How long does it take you to write a book?

How long’s a piece of string?! One small drop was written very quickly. My first novel is 10 years and counting.

When did you first discover you enjoyed writing? Around 11

What is your writing schedule look like? I get up in the morning around 5:30 am and write for about an hour/half.

What does your family think about you writing?

Very supportive even if they don’t all really ‘get me’.

Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?

All around me. An overheard conversation, something I watch online, a pattern on the ground! Anything!

What do you think makes a good story? When it’s quirky, unusual, but true.

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