I became interested in writing quite some time ago, and have been playing around with stories over the years. Trying to be a published author took some time, but I never stopped trying or gave up hope, and now I’m lucky to have several books published. Two of which are now in paperback.
I love reading, and the first author I ever read was Wilbur Smith (When the Lion Feeds). Since then, I have never stopped. I still read him and others like James Patterson and Karen Slaughter. However, I love my romance novels and such authors as Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Leigh Greenwood, Rosemary Rogers, Connie Mason, and too many more to name.
My husband, children, family, and friends have all been very supportive and are very proud of my accomplishments. I am about to start a new chapter in my life, which will be very exciting and, hopefully, inspiring. For the next year or two, my husband I will be leaving our property just out of Perth, Western Australia, and living in Penang, Malaysia. I hope that the exotic surroundings will inspire me even more.
Q : Where do you find your inspiration for your stories and characters’ names?
A: It’s hard to say. Sometimes an idea just pops into my head. After that, the story plays around in my mind and no matter what time of day or night it is, I have to write it down. The names for my characters just slip into place from the very beginning. I like to try to make my readers happy while they are reading and hope they finish with a smile.
Q: How many hours a day do you spend writing?
A: I’m very lucky that I can spend as much time as I like. With a husband who works away and all my children grown up, I am free to sit down and write the whole day and night, or for as long as the story is flowing.
Q: Do you find your writing just a hobby or do you take it seriously?
A: I take it very seriously. It’s not a hobby or job; it’s a passion.
Q: Have you been writing for very long?
A: I started playing around with stories fifteen years ago but, bringing up four children, I put it aside. There just wasn’t enough time in the day to sit down and write. Five years ago,I started getting serious and, even though it took some time, it finally paid off, and now I have accomplished my dream of being published.
Q: Do you see yourself writing anything else other than romance?
A: At the moment I don’t think so. I love writing romance.
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: Well, there are quite a few. I started reading Wilbur Smith and Harrold Robins when I was fifteen. I still read Wilbur Smith as well as James Patterson and Karen Slaughter. I could probably open my own library with all the romance novels I have. Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Leigh Greenwood, Connie Mason, and Rosemary Rogers are just a few that I love to read.
Q: What advice do you have for other aspiring writers?
A: Even though it can be frustrating at times, it also can be rewarding. If it’s your dream to be published, persevere through the rough patches. When I get bogged down or my mind goes blank, I go on a nice leisurely walk. It clears the head and relaxes you.
Q: Have you ever had your work rejected?
A: Oh yes, too many times to count. I don’t let it upset me I just shrug it aside, go through it again, and send it off to another publisher.
Q: What do you do when you have a bad review?
A: No one can please everyone, and everyone has the right to their own opinion. I find the criticism grounds me and only makes me try to make my next novel even better.
Q: When you’re not writing what else do you do?
A: Well, at the moment I’m living in Penang, Malaysia. So when my husband is home, we try and see as much as we can of the island. We are also planning trips to other Asian countries while we have this wonderful opportunity.
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