Q: What is your writing day like?
A: My day gets divided into writing and non-writing so to keep away from the mundane like the dog walking, and the child-taking-care-of, and the chores, I’ll stick to the best bits. I write in two hour blocks. During that time I can get three to four thousand words written which would generally be two chapters. How the day is going in non-writing world then dictates how many blocks of writing time I get.
Q: Besides erotica romance, in what genres do you write?
A: I write supernatural thrillers, crime and action thrillers, ghost stories and weird tales. I also do editing and revision work for other writers and editors.
Q: Have you had any experiences like the ones you describe in your books?
Well, The Love Project is my debut novel and they say to write about what you know.
Q: What advice would you give to new writers?
A: Write every day, even if it is just revision of what you did the day before. Keep going and don’t give up. If you are good enough you will succeed. Ask for help and advice if you can but remember each person has their own subjective opinion about things and it is your book after all.
Q: Do you read a lot of erotic romance?
A: Oh yes. I love the genre. All aspects and all sub-genres. Some books I like and there is very little erotica, and that’s fine, and others thrive on it. The story is what drives me on, when reading and when writing.
Q: What’s the hardest part about writing?
A: Firstly fitting it in with all the other calls on me and my time. When you have a family and a house there are a hundred and one things that have to get done. That’s why I make myself set at least one block of two hours each day – even if it’s very early or very late. It used to be that I would have to have a "clear" day, free from any distractions, before I could start writing but that’s fatal. It ends up as an excuse not to get the work done. The other hard thing about the process of writing is the beginning middle and end, the way I like to structure a story. I have a general overall idea of what the plot will be and the beginning is usually quite fast to write. Then the characters take over and the middle bit writes itself almost – though the middle chapters are often the slowest to get down. Then the ending flows out, often three to four chapters a day, when I have to know how their story ends.
Q: What does being a writer mean to you?
A: The freedom to do what I love, working from home, at my own pace. That’s the practical side. The spiritual side is that I can get all my thoughts and emotions down on paper and have them acted out by characters I have created. I’m basically quite shy and not much of a talker in social occasions. Writing allows me to have release for all my inner shouts and whispers.
Q: What did you do when you got the email from Siren, notifying you they wanted to publish your first book?
A: I phoned everyone I know as fast as I could – it was like when a baby is born! They have been fantastic to work with, so professional and friendly. I really feel as if I have joined a welcoming family.
Q: What do you do when you’re not writing?
A: Oh quite boring really. Reading, garden, family. All my fun is in my books. No, that’s not true, and unfair on my wonderful family, whom I adore.
Q: If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
A: Very sad and unfulfilled.
Q: Why do you write?
A: Because I have to. Even when I haven’t been writing all the time I have always needed to. There have been periods when I have been a bit slack about it and I always feel quite down then. Nothing quite hits the spot like the feeling of a great writing session.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: The characters. Of course the universal story revolves around love. Will they, won’t they? Are they, aren’t they? Even in non-romance genres – books and movies – I always follow the love story as the main driver of the plot.
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