JC lives in the south of England and spends the free hours of each day reading, writing, and indulging various other hobbies, in the company of Tuna the cat. JC has been writing for several years now, and refuses to acknowledge proper house attire, or people who say things like, "When are you getting a real job?" and, "Can I be in your next book?"
Q: What is your writing day like?
A: I wake up at some point in the morning, often earlier than I'd like, and spend five minutes persuading my cat to get off my legs. After giving up and crawling from under him, I get the normal day to day things out of the way, then begin to write. I rarely have a target word count, and avoid deadlines unless they're given to me by an editor. At the end of the day, if I'm happy with what I've produced, I've written enough. If not, there's always a tomorrow.
Q: What do you like to do, other than writing?
A: I read a lot, and am currently working through a bunch of urban fantasy novels. Fantasy, and its sub-genres, are my favourites by far, though obviously romance has a place in my heart, too. I also love listening to music, and try to have something playing in the background whenever I can. My spouse has differing tastes to mine, though, so this often involves headphones.
Q: What is your favourite genre to write?
A: I have it narrowed down to fantasy or erotic romance. I have a hard time choosing one or the other, which is why a couple of my erotic romances are paranormal. It's the best of both worlds, and lets me spread my writing wings a little wider. I also enjoy humour, and a little comedy tends to work its way into all of my writing, whether intentional or not.
Q: What is your writing process?
A: It has changed over the years, but the basics remain the same. I write the first chapter, to get an idea of the character(s), then stop and plan a rough outline. I don't go into great detail, but I like having a 'safety net', in case my brain decides it doesn't want to play. I always write linearly, and I don't edit my work until I reach The End, though I know many do. I prefer to get it all down before I worry about whether it makes sense.
Q: When did you start to write professionally?
A: My first title was published in 2010, so I guess that was when I became an 'author', but I had started writing about a year and a half before then. I started slow, though, so it took some time before I had anything to submit. I still remember getting that first acceptance email, though. There's nothing quite like it. Since then, I've had a further six titles published, in a variety of genres and lengths.
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