I’ve been writing since I was eight and absolutely love it! I lived in France for eight years and am bilingual in French and English. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading or thinking up my next novel!
What inspires you to write?
Basically, things that I’d love to read about. I can be anywhere and go into a little daydream and think; ‘I’d love to read a book about such-and-such’ and that gives me motivation to write it myself.
Tell us about your writing process.
Whenever I write, I always have clear vision of what’s going to happen. before that, I always jot down a few ideas in my notebook. I tend to work backwards; that is to say, I think about the plotline first and then who is going to be involved, I then set about creating my characters, who they are and what their role is.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think the best way is to just lose yourself in your writing, no-one knows your characters better than you do, after all, you created them! For me, it’s all part of the panning process and by the time I come to write, I already know them; how they’ll interact with the other characters, what they’re like, and what they would do. Also, no, no I don’t talk to my characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
Penny Vincenzi is one of my absolute favourites, how she manages to withhold you interest with so many pages is just brilliant! I’ also reading A New York Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin at the moment, I’m thoroughly enjoying it too!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I chose to self-publish because I knew that if I did that then they would definitely get published! Writing a book may be enjoyable but it’s also a lot of hard work and the biggest reward is to see it become available for everyone to buy, for me, it’s a real sense of achievement, to look at it on the internet and think, “I wrote that!”
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think paperbacks will ever truly become extinct, I’m pretty sure at the moment the majority prefer to hold a book rather than kindle but who knows how long that will last.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print