Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I studied Film & Television/Creative Writing at Uni, but it’s just something that I’ve always enjoyed.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I started writing seriously in 2007 and decided to take a look around at my options in 2012. So it was 5 years of serious writing before I had the courage/felt I was ready.
Tell us about the first book you wrote
Well the first book I wrote was more of a novella and it was in my early teens. It involved a group of young people stranded on an island after a killer shark attacked their boat. But that was just the beginning, the island wasn’t as safe as they thought it was. It basically started out like Jaws and ended up something like Die Hard…
What is your writing routine?
I get home from work around 6pm and go straight to my study, eat dinner at my desk and work for about 3-4 hours until my brain is fried from the day. On the weekends I spend every spare second I can working on the books too, and these days it’s predominantly editing and marketing, etc.
Favourite snack whilst writing?
Coffee. And maybe crumpets with butter and honey.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I’d be working in the film industry somewhere somehow. I’ve done a little Extra Work previously and I just loved being on set and watching the crew set up each scene and bring the production to life! Although, that said, my dream job would be behind the scenes – probably be as producer.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre.
Well, technically I write Sci-fi / Space Opera, but there is a strong romantic sub-plot throughout my series…. I think that romance speaks to so many people because ultimately we all want to give love and be loved in return – so readers can always identify with the heroine/hero’s quest.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I actually did it a couple of years ago – I went to Universal Studios in LA and did the backlot tour where JAWS comes up and attacks the tour train. I was sitting on the right side and got some great snaps too! Always wanted to do that! Weird I know…
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Getting published and hitting No. 1 on the iBooks Science Fiction Chart.
What’s next for you?
Well, my second book Aurora: Pegasus is released on 1st December, and once that’s done I’ll finish polishing up the third book for submission.
Confessions of an Author:
Is there something we’d be shocked to know about you?
Hmmm, I’m trying to think but nothing comes to mind.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
Dialogue is by far the easiest – if you know the characters then you know how they talk and what they have to say. The hardest? Probably emotional scenes. I’m a little reserved myself, so letting it out there can be hard.
Favourite travel experience?
Oooh I’ve had so many great holidays it’s hard to choose. One of my favourite holiday destinations is Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy – it took my heart *sighs*. But my road trip through California was pretty cool too. Oh, and the trip to Berlin – amazing history and the best capuccino I’ve ever had in my life. Then of course there’s Mykonos in Greece where I was very tempted to ditch my tour bus and stay……My trip to Beijing and seeing the Great Wall of China…..the Beaujolais wine region in France…..Shall I stop now? J The world’s an amazing place!
Favourite fictional character:
Ellen Ripley (Aliens series) and Chief Martin Brody (Jaws).
Milk or dark chocolate?
Red, white, bubbly?
White wine. Although I do like a drop of bubbly too.
Salty or sweet?
Both. It depends what mood I’m in.
Beach or mountains?
Both can be amazing. It depends what mood I’m in.
Give or receive?
Both. It’s a great feeling to make people smile, and it’s certainly nice to be left smiling yourself.