I have always been an avid reader, especially as a child. One of my first memories is crying at the death of Ginger in Black Beauty. I did not have a very happy childhood and books and writing gave me a way to escape, plus a way to express myself.
What do you think makes a good story?
I personally think a good story should make the reader 'feel' something. I really enjoy stories that provide me with a physical reaction, whether that is fear, laughter or sadness.
Tell me about your latest book/current project.
I am currently re-editing the first book I ever had published. It is called Corporate Hospitality and was published by Sizzler in 2004, so as you can imagine I have a lot of work to do.
Give us an insight into your main characters. What does she do that so special?
My main character is a woman called Amanda, she discovers her personal strengths through the book.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I am easily distracted, so I write on a very old laptop with no internet. I use a printed dictionary and thesaurus, as I don't go online. There are far too many rabbit holes on the internet that I can happily jump down to save me from working.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How much i enjoy it. I keep telling myself that I will take a break after I finish a book, but I never do. It has taken up so much of my time over the years that I have difficulty filling that time, so i go back to writing.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad?
I do read reviews. I do not respond to them as I feel that a review is between the reader and the book and not the writer. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I do not think it is fair to challenge opinions. If i have sent my book off for a review from a blogger/website then I will thanks them for their time, it's only polite.
Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Take it on the chin and move on. Not everyone will like your work, it is just a fact of life, so please do not take it personally. If you see something in a bad review that you agree with, then bear this fact in mind and try to correct in the future.
What is your best marketing tip?
Be nice. Manners and humility go a long way in marketing. Be aware of who is buying your books and where from and try to tailor your campaigns accordingly. Also, do not stick to just one medium.
What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
The marketing, I would sooner be writing.
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
I am a freelance graphic designer as well as a writer and I love both jobs.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am going to finish Corporate Hospitality and then work on the sequel to The Third Muse of Master Dorian Saul, after that I am going finish working on a horror that I penned last year.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep at it - it is hard, but, it is worth it. You have only failed when you give up.
How can my readers get in contact with you or learn more about your work?
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