Trades Of The Flesh is Faye L. Booth’s second novel – her first, Cover The Mirrors, was published in 2007. Both books are set in late 19th century Preston, and feature young, working-class women thriving in unconventional ways. Cover The Mirrors’ Molly Pinner worked as a medium, and Trades’ Lydia Ketch is a prostitute. Booth allows readers to reconsider existing views of Victorian morality, and shows how ordinary women negotiated degrees of independence in unlikely settings. Continue reading
Questions snagged from Faye L. Booth
1. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?” I plan ahead to a degree – I write outlines, chapter and scene breakdowns – but how I get there is up to how I feel as I write, and subject to change.
2. Detailed character sketches or “their character will be revealed to me as a I write”? Quite detailed, I write character profiles but I discover more when I get down to writing scenes.
3. Do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing? My books are fact-based, but in my current novel the information I have is more about the background, time and place. The people I’m writing about now are real but I know very little about them – sometimes just when they were born, married, died. So despite being densely researched, the mainstay of my work is instinct and imagination. Continue reading
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