Q: Where do you take inspiration for your books from?
A: An idea can strike me anywhere and at any time. Usually it starts with a single thought, word or phrase and then a whole story builds itself around it. Sometimes it is something said in a random conversation, other times it comes from a movie or a song. Of course my muse usually appears at the most inappropriate time, at work or during a bike ride, or while I’m cleaning and it keeps pestering me until I can get to my laptop and write it down. And then, with a help of favourite question of all writers: “what if”, a book is born.
Q: How do you write your books, do you plan it ahead or simply go with the flow?
A: It is a combination of both, actually. When a new idea for a book comes to me, I then plan just the basic plot. Most of the details however come to me during writing. Also sometimes my characters can really surprise me with a sudden twist to the story. If I got a blockade for example and it seems that I can’t get past a particular scene then a totally unexpected solution appears in my head that could change entire course the story was going in…
Q: Why have you decided to become an author?
A: I haven’t, not really. Ever since I could remember I was creating stories. As a five or six year old child I was telling my own fairy tales to my brothers. Then when I got older I wrote a story about a teenager who discovers she’s a witch. The story was based on a dream I had back then. But my dream of becoming a published writer started truly while I was studying at university. Still it took me a couple more years to do something about it and a couple more to try and actually send a book to a publisher. And that’s how I got here.
Q: Who are your favourite authors, and/or books?
A: Wow, there are too many to mention all of them. As a kid I loved Astrid Lindgren and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books. Then I discovered Tolkien and his Lord of The Rings and Silmarillion. Other fantasy author I adore is Terry Pratchett. My love of romance begun with Jane Austen and was cultivated by reading Mary Balogh, Jayne Ann Krentz, Mary Jo Putney and Stephanie Laurens’s books. Then I found out about M/M romance and there are simply too many authors to choose my favourites. But to mention just two or three I keep returning to Lynn Hagen, Stephani Hecht, Stormy Glenn, and Amber Kell’s books.
Q: If not romance what other genre would you try writing in?
A: Definitely fantasy or maybe a rather more widely understood speculative fiction, which gives an author more leeway than more limited terms like fantasy or science fiction. I will definitely try my hand in speculative fiction. I even have a story started that needs a bit more polishing before it can be sent to a publisher. For now though, I’m quite happy with my current genre, and more books will be coming…
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