What is your background with regard to writing?
I’ve always loved writing and I fell into journalism where I also fell in love with my husband. Everything I’ve ever done professionally has centred on writing.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I played around with the idea of writing a novel for 25 years before I did anything seriously about writing it. I started Moonstone Obsession in June 2014 and in April 2013 I was offered a contract
What is your writing routine?
Come up with a two page overview of the story with a broad brush description of the characters and the theme, then come up with an eight page synopsis and then as I go on with each chapter I do a chapter outline ahead of time. Sometimes the action doesn’t all make the one chapter so that gets pushed forward until it fits in naturally.
Favourite snack whilst writing?
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Be a radio voice over artist.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
I love writing scene descriptions and dialogue, that’s easy to me. Writing a short story is hard. Some how everything becomes an epic!
Tell us about the first book you wrote.
Moonstone Obsession is the first book, but not the first story I wrote. The first story I wrote was as a 10 year old and it was an adventure story about a girl detective. Moonstone Obsession, however is my first serious attempt at writing fiction. It is a Regency romance set in England and France in the early days of the French Revolution. It has adventure, action, romance and Chapter 12 – ask Beanie Queen Ninja about that one…
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
Romance more than a love story. It is about honour, duty, sacrifice and joy – it is everything that makes life living.
Milk or dark chocolate? Dark
Red, white, bubbly? Yes (oh, the question is supposed be multiple choice?)
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Give or receive? Give
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Romance or erotica (for reading and/or writing)? Romance with a bit of spice for both.
Dog or cat? Meow! Cat, of course!
Summer or winter? Winter
Star-gazing or storm-watching? Storm watching! It’s exhilarating