Q: What is your favorite beverage?
A: I love a cup of tea. I have to have tea! Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Afternoon tea and English Breakfast. Red wine in the evenings sometimes too. Hardy’s Shiraz or Cab Sav is my favourite.
Q: What's your least favorite chore?
A: That has to be cleaning the toilet. Hate it!! Love it when it is done though.
Q: What did you do before you were an author?
A: I was an at home mum. Before that, I worked for a mobile phone company in their head office, handling High Level Complaints and Quality and Training. Not sure I could go back to working in an office though, especially on sunny days.
Q: Where is your sanctuary?
A: My back garden or my husband’s arms. The only two places I am at peace.
Q: What are your pet peeves?
A: Oh goodness. The list is long as I’m a bit fussy lol. I dislike dishonesty, this is the biggest for me. I cannot stand dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs and I really hate people who smoke right outside the entrance to a building so you have to breath in their poison. That really bugs me too. I have no problem with smokers, I used to be one, but just not right where others have no choice but to walk past you, especially with children. Getting off soap box now.
Q: Tell us about your first love.
A: That would be music. It always amazed me how words could be put together to portray a feeling, or story. Bet you thought I was going to talk about a boy, huh? I never kiss and tell.
Q: What is your writing day like?
A: Sometimes my day can start in the middle of the night. My toddler will wake for a feed and something will pop into my head and I cannot get back to sleep. It will mull over in my mind until I get the opportunity to write it down. Usually this isn’t until my toddler has a nap, although of late this has dramatically shortened in length, so it has to wait until the evening when all three children are in bed. Then I type and it all just flows through my fingers. I can write anything between 1-3 thousand in an hour. I don’t have a strict routine, my children have to come first. However I do fantasize about an office type writing place and being able to write more when all my children are in school. But that is a few years off yet so I won’t focus on that too much.
I don’t write with noise. It has to be silent so I can hear my characters properly. I have written the wrong thing once or twice and they stopped talking to me. Not good! I do however have to write by a window. Sometimes I can see what I am supposed to write played out in the reflection of the glass. I guess it is fair to say that I am not a plotter or a planner. Inspiration will strike and I just go with the characters. I take each day as it comes and try not to get so stressed about it.
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