Q: How did you react when you found out that your first book was going to be published?
A: I read the confirmation email about seven times, certain that I must be misreading it somehow. Then when it finally sunk in I got up and did a funny little victory dance scaring my cats, and then called my mum to tell her. I hadn't told anyone that I was writing a book because I was afraid of failure, so it came as quite a shock to my whole family to discover that was the reason I was always on my laptop.
Q: When did you start writing?
A: I have written short stories and plays since I was a child and I would bully my two younger cousins into acting them out with me. I started writing fan-fiction at nineteen and found it a great learning experience in storytelling, and in structure. Ten years later I decided to put up, or shut up, and submit an original story to be published.
Q: How do you come up with the characters that you write?
A: For me, writing usually starts with a character. I fall in love easily, especially with men who exist only in my head, and I like to share them with the world so that others might fall in love with them too.
Q: What is it about the supernatural that has such an allure to romance writers?
A: Where werewolves are concerned, it is the idea of soul-mates, of finding that one person on the planet who can complete you. With vampires it is the typical tortured soul, living alone for centuries, and waiting for someone to share eternity with. As all romance writers are romantics at heart, how could they not fall in love with men like that?
Q: How often do you write?
A: I try to write most days, though sometimes life can get in the way. I find that if I go more than a couple of days without writing, that I have trouble sleeping as there are too many stories running through my head wanting to get out.
Q: What was the first book you remember reading?
A: I remember my dad and I taking it in turns, at bedtime, to each read a chapter of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
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