Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: I was a big reader from childhood into early adulthood. I don’t have much time to read now! I’ve always loved books with strong female characters and a romantic/erotic element. My favourite author is Jacqueline Carey, who wrote the Kushiel’s Legacy series. The heroine in that is a bisexual, masochistic, sacred prostitute–spy who I obviously could identify with strongly! I also enjoy clever books, such as Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be an author?
A: I’ve always been bookish, but I started writing fan fiction when I was fourteen and since then toyed with the idea of writing seriously. When I was twenty-one I had my first novel idea while travelling to England, and a complex map of relationships to go with it. Although I never got around to writing it, I still have all my notes, and one day it may come together! Peer Review came about when I decided that in 2016 I would write and publish my first novel. And setting that goal drove me to achieve it!
Q: Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever written a story?
A: Probably the one I mentioned above, on a flight from Sydney to Singapore with a lady beside me trying to chat! Generally, I find travelling or a change of scene unblocks my creativity.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: A lot of my characters draw inspiration from TV or movies I watch, but I’m always careful to make them my own. Often, I get the ideas for how I want a book to end before anything else, and it’s about getting the characters to that point in a way that’s logical and believable. And as I write, I find the plot and the peculiarities of the characters reveal themselves.
Q: Where/when/how do you write?
A: When I get an idea, I usually try to start writing over the holidays so I can get a good percentage of the first draft done in one hit. Then I write whenever and wherever I can—for example, I take my laptop in to work and write over my lunch break, or in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. Even if you only manage to find time for 1,000 words per day, it all adds up!
Q: When starting a new story how do you plan it? On paper, flashcards, or computer? Do you make playlists?
A: I’m actually a terrible planner. I use the Scrivener software to write, so usually when I have an idea for a scene, I’ll create a placeholder for it there (though more often than not, I’ll draft the scene right away while I’m feeling inspired.) I do create playlists, though—lots of them—for each relationship dynamic and the book in general. I usually listen to those at work or in transit to try and brainstorm ideas for my next writing session.
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