Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
It’s kind of long and windy… I’ve always been a devourer of books. 2009 I bought a bookstore (something which fed my book obsession. Thankfully, hubs is also a book bower bird so he was happy enough with this fact too!) In 2011 I attended the ARRA Conference at Bondi Beach using my bookseller hat and listened to Lexxie Couper and a few other authors talking, which pushed me to try writing my own book. From there, it’s all kind of history. Starline – my first book, finalled in the Show Me The Spark competition in July 2011 (my first ever entry!) and by August it was contracted. It released in January 2012 and since then I have 17 other titles either under contract or now published.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I wrote Starline in 3 months from April to June 2011
Tell us about the first book you wrote
Starline was the first in the Warriors of the Elector series, comprising the Trilogy and 2 novella’s that go with them but aren’t technically part of the series. Approximately 500 years into the future, we have met the Ru’Edan – a mighty warring race that sees humans as little more than acquisitive aliens, hell-bent on invading their sovereign space (not that they are, but you get the picture.) Humans have now been at war with them, but the story starts as a truce called. Not peace, neither side is quite able to come to terms with that… There are still factions. The worst being that of Crick Sur Banden, the head of a rogue army. The newest fastest and most powerful ship, The Elector, has been commissioned with Capt Duvall McCord at the controls. But his first mission is testing. He must use the time gates, defeat Crick Sur Banden’s efforts to change time and along the way, he meets and saves Mellissa. Ultimately they fall in love and save the day… For now, anyway!
What is your writing routine?
It depends on how deeply I’m into a story. Quite often, I will check emails from about 7am and begin writing about 8’ish with a break to take the kids to school, have lunch, take the dog out as he needs to and do school pickup. When I’m really ramping it up, I will work for as long as the story is there – nothing to working though to 10 at night while getting dinner, eating and then leaving the kids to get on with the washing up. But that isn’t all the time. Other than that I might stop writing at about 5pm and then just doodle around on the computer. I tend to write 5 days a week and like to keep my weekends writing free, not that it always works that way, though. And I allow myself days of not writing if that’s the way I feel. So far, that routine has worked for me!
Favourite snack whilst writing?
Chocolate (just don’t tell hubby!)
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
What piqued your interest in the sci-fi/paranormal genre?
I’m a trekkie! Yes I even have the uniform to prove it (actually it’s a Star Trek Voyager uniform, because I loved that incarnation!) So it just made sense to me to focus on something I know and understand.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the sci-fi/paranormal genre:
Most authors writing in that genre, have a better than passing understanding of many of the scientific facts we use in our stories! While some aspects we “tweak” and “make up” there is a heavy emphasis on what is actually achievable. In fact, the “flip phone” was heavily influenced by the communicators of the original Star Trek… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communicator_(Star_Trek)
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Hmm not sure… Is that Twice being in USA Today for being one of the Must Buy erotic stories in 2013 or Best Selling Author status for Are or… It’s kinda hard to work out which one takes the wood
What’s next for you?
I have one more book in my Celtic Cupid series to write, the last of the Blood Secrets to write and I’m currently working on an erotic historical duology. Book 1 Miss Elspeth’s Desire is set in India in 1878 while Miss Isabelle’s Craving (the sequel) is set in 1879 China. I also have 3 slated releases A Bar in Paris in November 2013, A Stranger’s Embrace in January 2014 and The Illuminated Witch in March 2014.
Confessions of an Author:
Is there something we’d be shocked to know about you?
Could be… but not sure I can tell *winks*
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
The easiest is almost always the end. Because I know my characters have their happily ever after. The hardest is still the intimate scenes. I need silence and no one around to do them justice!
Favourite travel experience?
Hong Kong and China in 2007 with husband and daughters.
Favourite fictional character:
One? I can only have one?? Urgh…. Casting around… oh dear…. Umm Eve from JD Robb’s In Death series
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Travel Around The World (and I’m in the planning phase for that!)
Milk or dark chocolate?
Red, white, bubbly?
Bubbly followed by white.
Salty or sweet?
Beach or mountains?
Give or receive?
Receive. Sorry, I just love Christmas and Birthday