Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I declared I wanted to be a writer at the age of eight. Though I figured it was more of a dream thing so in ‘real life’ I wanted to be a librarian. I didn’t become one though, instead I fulfil my urge by tidying the shelves when I visit. I’m a bit precious about books.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
My first book started out as a chapter written for a competition, so from that and on to consideration and then submitting it elsewhere, it seemed to be around for a long time. Though in reality it was over eighteen months until release day.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Dating in the Dark is my latest release and is book one of the Sweet Delights Series. It’s a sexy romance combined with dates in the dark, the sweetness of cake and a sprinkling of humour.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’m published by Beachwalk Press.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
I’d say on average it takes four months. Depending on a clash with school holidays. My youngest reads very well now so a lot of secret writing goes on during holiday time.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have more contemporary romance planned but they say write what you love and I love paranormal too, so I’m flexing my pen in that direction in the future.
What genre would you place your books into?
I write contemporary romance. I think my genre would always be romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
Contemporary romance has always been my preferred reading genre. I love fresh stories with a hint of humour.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I have written for pleasure for years, but only considered the prospect of publication three years ago. I get inspired by the books I read and my close friends and family who have always supported my need to write.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do! I’m so grateful that people take the time to read my work and then to review them that I always read them. The feedback is a useful tool to have as an author, it can help you develop and grow. Plus there’s the happy glow you get from them.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Even if I have the story all mapped out inside my head I can’t write a word of it unless I have a title to start with. It’s an annoying quirk I have.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
My main character names generally come from the names lists I’d written to help select baby names during my last pregnancy. I guess they are kind of like my children too. Place names are a random selection from google maps.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I decide on traits before I start, but as the story develops they tend to change that for themselves. I love to see a character grow, or even accept who they are.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I think every book has a message of some kind. In Dating in the Dark there’s a message of how you shouldn’t judge by what you can see.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I only read hardback if I can’t wait for paperback or ebook. I read mainly ebook but my preference is paperback.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
My worst transfer is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. A good movie but it lost a lot of emotion in comparison to the book. My absolute favourite is The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
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Your favorite Author is?
I have too many to choose. I’m always hunting for more!