Q: How do you write?
A: I write outside on our deck, at night. I use an old laptop and sit in a big comfy recliner with it on my lap, and even though it is so slow and unreliable that I back everything up on a USB stick every night, I am comfortable with the keyboard, it’s like an old friend.
Q: When do you write?
A: I have two children to get off to school in the mornings; I work during the day and do homework and baths and dinner in the evenings. Finally, when lunch boxes are done and everyone is in bed I can sit down to write, usually between nine and eleven every night. Yes, the words do start to blur some nights and other nights I could keep writing all night.
Q: How do you write a story?
A: I make the story up as I go and write it as I think of it usually. Sometimes I have brilliant ideas about things that could happen and I jot them down but the story takes a turn and they never come about. Or sometimes I think of really good things and then can’t capture that again when I sit down to write so I try not to think too much about the book when I am not writing. I do love writing books; my stories always end up going the way I want them to which is more than I can say for a lot of other books.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I have lived in Sydney, Australia all my life, though I have travelled a fair bit. On my travels I have discovered that I love holidays to tropical destinations, Asian food, and I love to see different and interesting cultures. However, on saying that, I am definitely an Aussie girl at heart and wouldn’t want to call anywhere but Australia home.
Q: When and why did you begin writing?
A: I have always wanted to write a book, it was just one of those things that I wanted to do but never thought that I could do it. I never really knew what I would write about or where to start and then one day, while I was looking for a book for my e reader, I clicked on the link to the publisher instead of the title of the book by mistake and a whole new world opened up to me.
Q: What do you find challenging about writing?
A: I dream of having nothing on for an entire day where I can write all day without any interruptions. It’s the same problem I have with reading; there is never enough time to do it for as long as I want. The biggest challenge for me is writing at night when I am tired, I would love to just be able to write all day.
Q: What sort of books do you like to read?
A: I have been reading forever, I read everything I can get my hands on. I love fantasy, romance, erotic romance, vampire, you name it and I will give it a go except I am not keen on horror.
Some books that come to mind and stand out against the masses are early books that my Grandma leant me about old style romances, courting couples who never touched until their wedding nights, by authors like Annie Swan. Most recently I have loved all of the Anita Blake vampire novels and before that, The Life of Pi and Infidel. I really enjoy reading Kathy Kelly and Marianne Keyes, and in fantasy I loved the Magician series and the Dragons of Pern and Twilight and Kate Forsyth’s six novels about witches. I could keep going for ages, there are so many good books and I am reluctant to stop listing them because I don’t want to miss any out but these few will have to do for now.
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