Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
No formal qualifications, I’m an avid reader and constant day dreamer. I’m blessed to be able to put those day dreams down, in a coherent manner, so others can read and enjoy. I started writing stories in early high school. Not happy with just reading the books, I wanted to be closer, more a part of the story, so I would write myself into them. I’d also write stories for my siblings. They were fun days.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
In 2009 I’d just finished reading a novel by a famous author, Gena Showalter. I sat back and thought, I can do that. I can write a book and get it published. My head was already full of story ideas, so I stared writing Blue Fire, on the train to work each day. I knew I could write, because of the first novel I wrote 12 year prior. Stuck in my head, was the determination to get this new book sent to a publisher. It was rejected, due to bad formatting and horrendous grammar errors. But I worked hard to learn and edit the book. The publisher Rogue Phoenix Press, loved the story line and decided to work with me to get it up to scratch. It was a time of steep learning, to which I’ll be eternally grateful. For both parties, publisher and myself, it worked out well.
Tell us about the first book you wrote
Unpublished? Well my first full novel, completed but not published, I wrote at the age of 21, house sitting for my mother, over six months. It’s a ghost story about a Barron Lord, on the boarder of Wales and England. The heroine is the ancestor of the one who cursed the Barron to be a spirit, so it is only she who can put right the wrongs of her ancestor. It was fun to write and one day I may make it good enough to submit to a publisher.
What is your writing routine?
Routine? I’ve three small children. I simply write when I get the chance to write, around family and other obligations. In the morning before kids get up, sometimes during the day when they are watching TV, or at school, in the evening, after they have gone to bed.
Favourite snack whilst writing?
More drink, I love Mocha coffee, (low fat of course) and recently treated myself to a coffee machine to make myself the delicious drink… I mean, you can’t get a better combination than coffee AND Chocolate. 😉
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I’m a chef by trade, I’d more than likely be down my local restaurant, in the kitchen cooking meals for the patrons. Still dreaming of my fantasy worlds.
What piqued your interest in the sci-fi/paranormal genre?
Thanks to my mother, I grew up on a diet of Star Trek and talking cars (Night Rider) it nurtured a love of the impossible things. It triggered my creative mind, and as I’ve said before, day dreams.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the sci-fi/paranormal genre:
I think all the readers already know it’s a fun exciting genre. A lot of work mentally and physically goes into writing these books, a whole world inside the writers head no one else is privy too, until the book comes out. All I ask is the readers take to mind, when they read one of these, is the hours of creative mind that go into each story.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Just to be a published Author is a huge accomplishment. It is said that only 2 in every 5 people who set out to write a book will ever finish, even fewer will get the chance to be published, by a publisher. I feel blessed every day that I have a fantastic bunch of readers who do love my work, and keep me encouraged to write more.
What’s next for you?
I’m a multi writer, I’ve always got several projects on the go. I have a long TBR= To Be Written, pile. I’m currently working on the third instalment of each – Australian Shifters, Dragon Down Under and Quads of Galafrax. I’ll keep writing until my readers grow tired of my work. Or I will the national lottery, (as I never by a ticket, you know how long that will be.) Sigh.
Confessions of an Author:
Is there something we’d be shocked to know about you?
Humm, something shocking? I’m really a four foot albino midget? Naah, many of my books have underling BDSM theme running through them. I’ve even written one heavy BDSM book. A lot of the knowledge comes from personal experience in the area. Before I married my DH.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
I can write moody and dark rather well, but find, writing witty comedy into scenes, hard. Not sure why, I have a rather off beat sense of humour, which not everyone gets.
Favourite travel experience?
This year 2013 my three week trip going all over the USA and brief visit to Cayuga Canada. Met some fantastic people! I even got to meet the owners of my publisher Rogue Phoenix Press, in Salem Oregon.
Favourite fictional character:
I have a habit of falling utterly in love with my heroes. My favourite female character is Vanessa from my story Moonlight Captivation, she’s funny and never lets anything get her down.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Buy and Island. (Not really, the cleaning would be horrendous!). I want to travel to the historic castles around the UK and Europe
Milk or dark chocolate?
Milk chocolate all the way, I can’t go a day without having chocolate, because of my current diet, I have it in the form of low fat hot chocolate. Where there’s a will, there’s away!
Red, white, bubbly?
Can I combine sparkly with white? Sweet bubby white, best of both worlds.
Salty or sweet?
So sweet, you need to see the dentist daily.
Beach or mountains?
Less sand in the mountains… Sand gets into uncomfortable places, where in the mountians you can sit by a nice lake and enjoy the warm summer air.
Give or receive?
I love to see people’s faces when I give. When you put much thought into something, it’s a better feeling.
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