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What inspired you to write your books?
I’ve always wanted to write and started off with researching and writing holiday brochures then got into writing non-fiction articles in various magazines, editing business publications, then tried my hand at fiction with short stories, then I decided I’d attempt the scary prospect of writing a novel! I’m never quite sure how the stories, plots and characters for each of my books comes about – it probably sounds a bit crazy but ideas seem to pop into my head out of nowhere and the books evolve from that.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, not at all. Ideas might be sparked from something said in a movie, on a TV show, read in a magazine, and I make notes in a file and then, one day, they build and develop into a scene in a book or a snippet of conversation.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so, no. It probably sounds strange but when I manage to get myself ‘into the zone’ with writing a novel I feel as though the characters are like friends and they have definite personalities at that stage - they even start to do and say things out of nowhere, sometimes not the things I had planned for them! It’s almost as though they commandeer you to tell their stories! So, I would like to think that Faith, Zane and Matt from If you Only Knew, my latest novel, got their stories told the way they should have and that things turned out the way they wanted in their fictional lives!
What was the hardest part of writing your books?
I’m not the most patient of people and usually have loads of snippets of dialogue, scenes etc going round in my head and I struggle to get the ideas written down or typed up fast enough. I’m always wanting to write, write and write some more to get the first draft of the book done I’m so keen, but once that stage is done then thankfully I manage to slow things down and concentrate on details, character development etc for the next draft of the manuscript.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A very big THANK YOU! Being a new author is tough, with the advent of ebooks the world of publishing has changed and there are so many books to choose from out there, so I’d like to say thank you very much if you chose to read one of my books.
What books have influenced your life most?
Over the years there have been lots of books, fiction and non-fiction, which have in some way influenced me but recently there have been two particular books which have helped me enormously in terms of changing my approach to life. I confess during my journey to becoming an author I have been prone to doubt and lack of confidence. I’ve been using some self-help books to try to turn this around and the two books I have found most helpful are: How Much Joy Can You Stand? by Suzanne Falter, and 365 Days of Wealth & Abundance: A Positive Affirmations Book by JM Welles.
What book are you reading now?
I was always a paperback reader but a few months ago I gave in and got a basic Kindle because there were so many books I wanted to read but they were only available as ebooks. I’m now very much a Kindle-girl and have been able to discover some fabulous new authors by trying ebooks. I have a couple of books on the go at the moment depending on what genre of book I fancy dipping into. For a fun chick-lit read I’m currently half way through After Wimbledon by Jennifer Gilby Roberts. I’m a big tennis fan and have visited the Wimbledon Championships a couple of times so I’m loving this book. For a humorous romantic mystery I’m part way through Kate Johnson’s Ugley Business, Book Two in the Sophie Green Mysteries. For something a bit darker with suspense and intrigue I’ve recently started Deathwatch by Dana Marton. As you can tell I’m a keen reader!
What do you enjoy most about the book community?
People are so friendly, helpful and supportive; it’s like a big family. I love that we all enjoy and get excited about books too!
Are there any new authors that have caught your eye recently?
Since I got my Kindle I’ve been able to widen my reading across some new-to-me genres and have discovered a love of reading romantic suspense/mystery novels. Within this genre I’ve loved books by Rolynn Anderson, Debra Trueman, Loucinda McGary and Evonne Wareham.
Finally can you tell us anything about upcoming projects you may have?
I’ve just finished book one of what I hope will be a series of humorous romantic mystery novellas. I have two full length novel romantic mysteries which I’m editing at the moment as well. Fingers crossed some of these books will get published at some point!
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I'm a bookwhore, yes I said it, I have no shame, I will wander off with any old book I'm not even a little bit ashamed. Twenty Seven, Mum, SEND Teaching Assistant, general beauty hoarder and lover of the Irish.