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Friday, 27 March 2015

Lorraine wilson

AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
WITH 
 LORRAINE WILSON


How would you describe your books?

My books are meant to be fun and little bit escapist but I like to tackle more serious subjects in the stories too. I write about the kind of emotional baggage a lot of people carry around with them but rarely talk about.

Is it hard to come up with new ideas
 or plots?

Actually I find I have the opposite problem - I have too many ideas and new stories begging to be written! I note them all down so I can come back to them later but the lure of a new story is always a temptation.

Who is the easiest character to write for and why? Hardest and why?

Sophie (main character from 'Secret Crush of a Chalet Girl') has been the easiest, I think because she's an easy character for most woman to relate to. Tash (whose story is featured in 'Rebellion of a Chalet Girl') is a more complex character. On the surface of it she's not especially sympathetic but when you dig deeper you understand why. It made her story incredibly emotional to write and I tackle some tough issues that I was keen to get right.

Without giving anything away, what is or are your favorite scenes in your book?

My favorite scene is the end of 'Rebellion of a Chalet Girl' because it means so much to Tash. Writing it actually made me cry.

What's up next for you?

I'm working on the next Chalet Girl novella at the moment but after that I've got some exciting full length novels planned.

When did you start.What was your first published piece?

I used to create imaginary worlds in my exercise books as a child and then wrote a book featuring the problem of bullying in my teens. It wasn't until my thirties that I tried to get published though and 'Confessions of a Chalet Girl' is my first published book.

Out of all the books and stories you've written which is your favorite?

'Secret Crush of a Chalet Girl' is probably my favorite book - it was fun to write, had no revisions and is my most popular book with readers (going by Amazon ratings). It features a Valentine's treasure hunt and speed ski dating. Doing the research for the treasure hunt and coming up with the clues was great fun.

Do you have a favorite character?

Luc from 'Secret Crush of a Chalet Girl' is one of my favorite characters. I think the fact he has a rescue dog is a factor, (I have 3 rescue dogs!) as is the effort he goes to to woo Sophie.

Any funny experiences or quirks you'd like to share with your readers?

I use voice to text software to write following a brain injury five years ago. Sometimes the mistakes it makes are hilarious. For example in 'Rebellion of a Chalet Girl' the main characters are called Nate and Tash but the software converts that to N8 and Cash or Rash! Also at one point it had Tash fiddling with 'firefighters' instead of 'firelighters'!!!

What was it like to publish your 
first book?

Amazing. I'd been told after my brain injury that I'd never be able to write a book but my support worker wouldn't let me give up and taught me to use voice to text software. Once the book was written I then received a rejection from the publisher who'd shown an interest in my writing before the accident but I then submitted 'Confessions of a Chalet Girl' to Harper Impulse and received an offer and four book contract within 24 hours.

What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?

One piece of advice I'd give to aspiring writers is to keep writing and keep submitting, don't necessarily expect your first story to sell. Writing is like any other skill, the more you do it the better you get. With some exceptions I think most writers who are successful have been writing for years. Don't expect instant fame and fortune and only do it if you love it.

Do you ever get ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hang on to them?

I note them down on my phone which is always with me.

Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow?

I find being on holiday in Switzerland (where my books are set) helps my creativity to flourish. But I think unless you solely self publish every writer needs to learn to work under pressure - sometimes it's the only way to meet deadlines.

Who or what was the inspiration behind your books?

I spend a lot of time in Switzerland and absolutely love it. The mountain landscape is a perfect dramatic backdrop and it's the perfect setting for romantic stories- it has snow, hot tubs, luxury and roaring log fires. Even if you don't like skiing there's still the après ski to soak up.

Readers can try the Chalet Girl series for free with 'Chalet Girl Plays Cupid' -
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The latest in the series, 'Rebellion of a Chalet Girl', is out on 26th March hyperurl.co/gz7je4
You can find out more about the series and any new releases via my Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/LorraineWilsonWriter
You'll find buy links for my books on my Harper Impulse author page: www.harperimpulseromance.com/authors/lorraine-wilson
Or on my Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lorraine-Wilson/e/B00CWFWCG6
You'll also find me on Twitter: @Romanceminx

Thursday, 26 March 2015

marissa farrar

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
WITH
MARISSA FARRAR
Hi Marisa how are you?tell us a little about yourself?

Hi Louise! First of all, thank you for hosting me! My latest news is about my new book release, Cut Too Deep, which is a romantic thriller. Its release date is the 26th of March, so it’s an exciting time for me.

Are the stories old or new?

This is a very new story. I actually started writing it on Wattpad in December 2014, and finished the novel at the end of January. It’s been through a couple of months of edits and now it’s up for sale!

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child, and always knew an author was something I wanted to be. I started writing seriously after I finished my degree (Zoology) when I realized I’d spent more time writing and submitting stories than I had studying.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve always considered myself to be a writer, but I started thinking of myself as an author about five years ago when I was able to pay the bills from my royalties.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book, The Dark Road (though this wasn’t my first published book) was inspired by a bus trip I took through Thailand and Cambodia. While I was on the bus, there was this most incredible storm, and we were literally in the middle of nowhere. I was peering out of my window, watching the storm, when I thought I saw something – like a big cat – running alongside the bus. That’s when the idea for The Dark Road was born.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Fast and furious! I write quickly – normally completing a book within a couple of months – and I think my writing style reflects that. My books are fast-paced, with lots of angst and romance!

How did you come up with the title?

The title for Cut Too Deep came to me a long time ago. It reflects both the physical issues the main character, Jenna, has, together with the psychological issues she is also dealing with.

How much of the book is realistic?

I like to think most of the book is realistic! There’s no fantasy involved in this book (though I do normally write paranormal), so the book is set around realistic characters, and a realistic situation. The male protagonist might be a little too hot for his own good though!

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The main character, Jenna, suffers with serious body confidence issues, which I think a lot of women these days struggle with – I know I do! We all want to meet someone who is going to make us feel sexy and wanted, just the way we are, and Jenna finds that person in Ryker (the male main character).

What books have most influenced your life most?

Anything by Stephen King! I grew up devouring his work and I still love his books now.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Two of my indie author friends, Mel Comley and Belinda Frisch. They’re both always there when I need help (which is often!), and have helped me through numerous different parts of self-publishing.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading The Wronged Sons by John Marr.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I have recently read ‘Anyone’ by Angela Scott, and thought it was an excellent YA post-apocalyptic book with a twist. I’ll be looking out for the sequel!

What are your current projects?

My current project is the next book in my ‘Dhampyre Chronicles’ series, ‘Twisted Magic.’ I’ve just finished the first draft and will be moving on to edits soon.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, not at all. If I’d felt additional changes should have been made, I would have changed them during the editing process.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

From reading a lot as a child. My mum is an avid reader, and she got me started on Stephen King novels. I wanted to be able to create my own worlds as well, so I started writing them!

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here is an excerpt from Cut Too Deep:

“No one should say bad things about you,” he growled, pulling her to a halt. He lowered his forehead to hers, his hands crept around her hips, and he stared into her eyes. “I think you’re incredibly sexy, Jenna.” His hands sneaked beneath her t-shirt and over the mounds of fat she thought of as her saddlebags, and hated. “See these parts?” He squeezed her flesh and she did her best not to pull out of his grip. “Grabbing your soft body when you’re on top of me makes me hornier than I’ve ever been in my life. Maybe some guys like skinny girls, and that’s their business, but it’s not my thing. I love how soft and full your breasts are, and how curvy your hips are, and how your bottom jiggles every time you move. It’s so fucking sexy.”

She wanted so desperately to believe him, to think for once in her life that she was all woman, and sexy and beautiful just as she was, without needing to change herself. But she couldn’t. Even if she could accept her curves, something else would always destroy all hopes of her being beautiful.

“But what about my scars?”

He stared down at her, his blue eyes focused on hers, drilling into her gaze so intensely she felt like he was seeing right into her soul. “What scars? All I see is you, Jenna Armstrong, and you’re fucking perfect just the way you are.”




Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The hardest thing to write is big fight scenes where there are multiple characters. I struggle to pin point where each person is at all times, and how to convey each person’s actions when there is so much going on at once. I do my best, and hope I pull it off!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

You probably already got this, but it’s Stephen King! I love to be scared (I’m a horror movie fanatic as well), but I also love the human story he creates as well.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not too much, though I speak at the occasional writer’s conference or festival. I have a couple of things booked for this year. I’m hoping to be able to get out there more now that my children aren’t quite so tiny.

Who designed the covers?

I design most of my covers, though Art by Karri has done the covers for The Dhampyre Chronicles, and RT Designs did the covers for The Serenity Series.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The editing! I love to write, and always struggle when I have to go back over everything again, over and over. I find it tedious, especially because I’d much rather be writing the next book!

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Because I wrote this book on Wattpad, I learned that I can produce a first draft which is in fairly good condition. Normally, I write very rough first drafts, which makes the editing process even more painful, but in this case I didn’t.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Finish what you start, and try not to be distracted by shiny new ideas, or facebook! Of course, I could do with following this advice myself!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Just a huge thank you for all your support and continuing to read my books. I wouldn’t be able to do it without you!


Monday, 23 March 2015

amy daws

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
WITH
AMY DAWS

Please welcome the talented Amy Daws
Hi Amy,Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m bossy. I’m controlling. I like cheese. I wish I didn’t need to sleep…like, ever. I like to wear heels but they kill my feet. I do this weird throat scratching sound that everyone in my family despises. I love to make up travel itineraries anytime we go on a trip. I’m sensitive and needy at times and I have the coolest almost 3-year-old daughter. Seriously, she’s the coolest…like ever. She sings Ellie Goulding songs and refuses to believe that zebras are different than horses!!!

How would you describe your books?

Self-deprecating…you can get a gist of that in my bio! J I am a goof in real life and I try to sprinkle that into my novels as much as possible. But I also do emotional really well. I’m not too shabby at making people ugly cry!


What genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping ( if not already) to explore new ventures?

Well…my writing journey started in memoir. I had a story to tell. A pretty tragic story about my journey through multiple miscarriages. My husband and I went through a very dark time, but thankfully, it ended happily…as you can see in my bio. I’ve since ventured into contemporary romance! I love it and intend to make it my main vein. However, I have another memoir still to release and I have been invited into a top-secret collection that may or may not have to do with fairytales. That’s all I can say.

Share with us a quote from one of your favorite characters?

Well, right now I’m working on London Bound…which is Leslie Lincoln’s tale. Her hilarious story started in A Broken Us when she had a crazy first encounter with a sexy British gentleman on the dance floor:
“I came on a stranger’s leg like a horny dog that can’t help but hump. I’m a freaking humping pervert of epic proportions and I’ve shamed myself into celibacy.”
My poor Leslie, she has a hard time in life, but she’s always good for a laugh!

Is it hard to come up with new idea's or plot's?

Not so far! So far I have tons of story ideas, just need the time to sit down and write them! It is hard to say the same thing in different ways though. For example, a sex scene, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make them all sound different from each other.

How long does it take you to complete a finished book?

Well, I wrote A Broken Us in 2 weeks…that’s my claim to fame! It was insanity, I don’t even know how I did it because I’ve written two more books since then and they all take 
me 4-6 weeks.

Who is the easiest character to write for and why? Hardest and why?

Finley in A Broken Us was easiest because the subject matter is so near and dear to my heart. It has to do with infertility and unfortunately, I am VERY familiar with that heartache because of what my husband and I suffered through for so many years.
The hardest character I’ve written has probably been Theo. Theo is Leslie’s love interest in London Bound that’s releasing May 14th. Theo has a very tragic past that is utterly heart breaking and tapping into that can be very emotional for me.

Are your characters based on real people? People you may know on Tv or Movie stars?

Yes…at least the heroines are…so far. I steal a bit for the start of my characters from friends or myself and then they eventually morph into their own beings where you can no longer tell that I’ve used someone for inspiration.

Without giving anything away ,what is or are your favorite scenes in your book?

In A Broken Us, there’s a very very emotional scene that Finley has with her sister Cadence at the hospital. I bawled and bawled and bawled writing that. I’ll never forget it and I can picture it all perfectly in my head.

What's up next for you?

London Bound releases May 14th, that is book 3 in my London Lovers Series. It will have a 4th book, but I hope to finish my second memoir, Chasing Peace before jumping back into my London Lovers.

Do you have any hobbies?

Reading! Duh! Really, now that I write, reading and trying to keep up with my favorite TV shows is pretty much all I have time for!

Is there anyone besides you in your family who writes?

No…I’m the only one and I think my whole family thinks I’m crazy!

When did you start? What was your first published piece?

I started writing out my memoir just so I wouldn’t forget, I wanted a keepsake of all the tragedies we’d been through, only because I was scared I’d forget them. I found myself writing it more as an epic novel instead of a journal, so that’s when I thought I might have something worth publishing. Chasing Hope, my memoir, was my first published piece.

Do you have any favorite books or authors?

LOADS!
I’m a very public, very adamant Samantha Young fan. I read all of her books the exact second they come out and I recommend her to everyone I know.

I love loads of British Chick Lit authors like Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Elizabeth Young (really love her). I love American authors too…Colleen Hoover and Kimberly Lauren are great.

Out of all the books and stories you've written which is your favorite?

Chasing Hope. Those are my babies in there! I validated their lives by sharing that story with the world. I’ll be proud of that forever.


Do you have a favorite character?

Yes. Leslie is my favorite. The fan favorite is her fabulous gay best friend, Frank. But I love my Lezbo…she just shines.

What is your favorite genre to write ?


Contemporary romance with a little steam!


What are your favorite movies?

“I Love You Man”  “Pitch Perfect”  “Pride and Prejudice”  “The Painted Veil” I have eclectic taste! LOL!

How long have you been writing?

I published my first book in May of 2014, I started writing that book in November of 2013.

Who or what has been your biggest literary influence?

Getting a bit sentimental, it’s really my angel babies. I have six precious babies in heaven who’s stories I needed to tell. They gave me the inspiration to start writing and will forever be thanked at the end of all of my books.

How Difficult is it for you to come up with one of your brilliant plots?

I never sit down and try to think up a plot. That doesn’t work for me. It just has to come to me and then I have to hurry and write it down or I’ll totally forget it.

How about characters? Are they easily born and developed?

So far, yes! They’ve all been quite clear to me, we’ll see how it goes as I write more books.

How long does it take you to take for you to complete a novel from concept to completion?

About 3-4 months.

Have you had any funny experiences  at signing  events?

I always get seated next to the water coolers! I don’t know what it is, but so far, every signing, I’m plopped right next to the water. There’s tons of awkward moments where I greet a reader and they look at me all uncomfortable and say, “Oh, I was just coming over for some water…but okay. I’ll look at your books.” SMH.

What was your favorite book growing  up  as a child?

I wasn’t much of a reader as a child. I read what I had to for school and stuff, but I didn’t really start enjoying reading until my mid 20s!

Have you ever trashed a novel or story before or after finishing it, feeling it wasn't turning out as you planned?

Not yet, but I had moments where I wanted to with Becoming Us. That one didn’t come as naturally as A Broken Us and that frustrated me.

Any funny experiences or quirks you'd like to share with your readers?

When I’m in the middle of a really good writing session and I’m feeling sleepy, I’ll go to the gas station near my house in my PJ's and slippers and purchase a 44oz fountain Diet Coke. The gas station workers think I’m mental!

Which one of your books would you like to see made into a movie?

A Broken Us because it’s got such a great travel element to it. But London Bound is coming in swinging now too!

What is your favorite band 
or artist?

Right now…Ellie Goulding on repeat!!!

What was  it like to publish your first book?

Holding that paperback in my hands for the first time was epic. Seeing it in real book pages. It was surreal.

What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?

Just do it! Stop talking about doing it and just do it. The writing community is very welcoming and helpful. Get busy, get hustling, get WRITING! I love chatting with aspiring writers, but honestly, you’re never going to do it until you just DO IT!


Do you ever get ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hang on to them?

All. The. Time. I’ve found as a writer now, everything I look at is potential material. Every conversation I have, anything interesting…in my head I’m thinking, “I can work with that.” So I take notes in a notebook that I keep in my purse, or my phone, whichever is handy.


How do you overcome writers block and do you have a special place you like to write?

I don’t really believe much in writers block. I believe in “lack of drive to write.” I’ve had that, where I’m just not feeling like writing today. But honestly, if I just hunker down and stop being a baby, I’ll get writing and flowing again.

Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow?

I feel like I’m always under pressure to get the next book out. The hype for a series only stretches so far. There’s so much competition out there that you have to keep releasing and keep cranking them out to stay on reader’s minds!


Who or what was the inspiration behind your books?

My angel babies. I have six precious babies in heaven who’s story needed to be told and that is what sparked this crazy journey that I now find myself on. If I wouldn’t have had their story to tell, I would have never known I was capable of writing a book! Their lives were so short, but their inspiration in my day-to-day life is infinite. I love them and miss them always.






Friday, 20 March 2015

Thaddeus and Xaviera interview



Good afternoon Xaviera and Thaddeus how are you guys?

Xaviera: We're doing okay

Thaddeus: Sure, I guess we're okay.



Xaviera : What is it like growing up as the princess and the future queen of your people and is it hard living by the rules?

My parents raised me to put Unit first. I had a normal life like any other girl, expect I didn't have boyfriends and did a lot of training to hone my power. The rules aren't hard to live by, it's just something that we have to do in Unit.



Thaddeus:Is it hard living in the unit and living by the rules?

No, it's not hard to live in Unit. The Rules are there to protect us and we have to obey them.

Both:What is the hardest rule for you both?

Xaviera: For me, each Rule (on it's own level) is hard to follow. But, you learn to adjust with them.

Thaddeus: I think that is the best way to say it.


Both: How do you feel about the whole matched thing (arranged marriage )?

Xaviera: For me it's scary and exciting. It's scary because you don't know who it is, but exciting because you don't know who it is. You've waited for twenty years to see you Matched is and then your how life changes.

Thaddeus: I don't know how it is for Unit Girls, but for Unit Guys it's very nerve wrecking. Almost every Unit Guy between the ages of 20 to 25 goes to party after party with the hint that maybe it's his time to be called, but most of the time you go home without your name called.


Thaddeus:Why did you push Xaviera away when it was announced she was your match?

Xaviera: I did it for two reasons: 1) I was shocked that this girl I had a crush on for so long was going to be mine, that I was afraid I would hurt her. And 2) my mother promised me that I wasn't Matched.


Both: After you were both matched when did you realize you started to have feelings for each other?

Xaviera: I started feeling it on our trip to the mall, when he held my hand for the first time. I officially knew when we had our first kiss.

Thaddeus: I knew when I was 15. I've loved her since then.

Both: Why did you feel so embarrassed when your parents confronted you about being intimate together?

Xaviera: I didn't want my parents to know that we had been together yet. And, it's my parents, I don't want them to think about me in that way.

Thaddeus: Exactly.


Thaddeus: Why didn’t you tell Xaviera the truth about Amaya?

I didn't think she would fine out. I figured since Amaya never said anything that it was in the past and I'd moved past it.


Xaviera: How did you feel when you found out about Thaddeus that he lied to you and also your so called friend and protector lied too?

I was hurt, mad, sad, infuriated. I couldn't even see straight when Amaya told me and I confronted Thaddeus. She was my best friend and Protector and he was my Matched. They were the two people that shouldn't have hurt me. I trusted them the most.


Thaddeus: What was running through your head when you found out Xaviera was pregnant with your child?

Shock. I knew that we had used anything, but I thought it wouldn't happen to us. I know it's silly, but I wasn't thinking about anything like that.


Xaviera: How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant with Thaddeus's baby.What were your first thoughts?

The whole day was a blur because of everything that was happening. Mostly I was scared because I didn't want to raise our baby alone, but Thaddeus had broken the Rules and there had to be punishments handed down.



Thaddeus: What was running through your head when you heard what your punishment was?

I thought I would never see her again, or our baby. I didn't want to leave her alone.



Xaviera: Why did you decide to give Thaddeus and Amaya light punishments after what they did to you? Surely you want them to pay for the lies?

The punishments were not as light as you might think. They couldn't come back to Unit for all that time or talk to anyone but the ones I assigned them too. I wanted them to feel as bad as I did, but I also knew there was more under the surface and I hope they both figure it out.



Thaddeus: Do you think Xaviera will ever forgive you for
 the lies ?

I don't know. I will have to wait and see when I come back to Unit.



Xaviera: Do you think you will ever forgive Thaddeus and what do you plan on doing while he's gone?

I'm doing a lot of thinking while he is gone. I guess we'll have to wait and see.



Both:Have you thought about any baby names?

Xaviera: I have a few, but nothing yet.

Thaddeus: Not really.


Xaviera: What does Thaddeus need to do to make it up to you?

I don't know. I've never been in this before. I know that he'll figure it out and I will too.



Thaddeus: What are you going to do to make it up to Xaviera?

Everything and anything that I have too.







Maria Macdonald interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
WITH
MARIA MCDONALD
PLEASE WELCOME  THE BRILLIANT UK AUTHOR MARIA MACDONALD

Hello Maria,Tell us a little about yourself?

I live in the UK. I work full time. I have two beautiful daughters and have been with my husband for 17yrs. Life can be super busy sometimes but I have always loved reading. I also have a blog which I co-run.



How would you describe your books?

Contemporary Romance…for now.

What genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping ( if not already) to explore new ventures?

Well my current series will be contemporary romance, but I also have a YA Paranormal book floating around in my head, as well as a couple of others. So we will have to see what happens.

Can you share with us a quote from one of your favorite characters?

This is Pea’s quote - “It’s hard to put into words and I know that everyone deals with things differently in life. This is my story, for better or worse it’s how I reacted. I can’t change it and I’m not sure I would want too. For every destructive thing that has happened in my life, I have two beautiful things. I wouldn’t want to remove the beauty, and what would beauty be with nothing to balance it? Ordinary. We can all have ordinary, I want beautiful. So I’ll take the rough with the smooth.”

Is it hard to come up with new idea's
 or plot's?

That’s quite a hard question to answer as I don’t really think about a new plot or storyline, they kind of just come to me…sometimes it’s frustrating as its often whilst I'm writing something else!

How long does it take you to complete a finished book?

Usually a few months to write 3-4 maybe. Then you have the editing etc after that. I’m nearly halfway through book two in this series and Love Reflection is due out on Friday. I’m putting a very tentative date of June 2015 for book two. However that was when Love Reflection was supposed to be released and yet it ended up being brought forward to March!





Who is the easiest character to write for and why? Hardest and why?

I find Soph quite easy and that's strange as she is naturally funny, and I have no idea where that comes from in my head? I think all the characters are hard to write in their own way, but I feel like I am telling their story so its like they’re being fed into my brain - I sound like I'm crazy now!

Are your characters based on real people? People you may know on Tv or Movie stars?

No. My characters aren’t based on anyone they are their own individuals living in my head.

Without giving anything away ,what is or are your favorite scenes in your book?

That’s another hard question, there are some that would give away plot lines so I'm going to go with when Soph and Pea went to Brighton, I loved the two of them together, I adored the elderly ladies on the train and ending the evening in a karaoke bar. Yep. Love those girls!

What's up next for you?

Love Resisted is the next book in the series. This will be Soph’s story. It’s on Goodreads already to add to your reading list. All I want to say is that I LOVE Soph!

Do you have any hobbies?

Not really, apart from the obvious, reading, and attending book signings so I can fan girl at other authors. I used to horse ride but haven’t done for many years now.

Is there anyone besides you in your family 
who writes?

My eldest daughter does. Not published obviously, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she is in a few years!

When did you start.What was your first published piece?

I started writing years ago, but Love Reflection will be my first published piece!

Do you have any favorite books or authors?

I have lots, too many to list all of them.

Of all the books and stories you've written which is your favorite?

Love Reflection as its my first published book, however I am really enjoying writing Love Resisted!

Do you have a favorite character?

Soph is my favourite character, because she is
 brave and funny.

What is your favorite genre to write ?

I’ll have to wait to answer that. Once I've written my YA Paranormal I'll let you know.

What are your favorite movies?

Some of my favorites include, Shawshank Redemption and the Twilight Series,

How long have you been writing?

My whole life.

With the intention of publishing? - Six months.

Who or what has been your biggest literary influence?

I think if you look at almost any indie author and indies turned traditionally published you can find amazing people who can influence you everyday. Just looking at them makes you realize that anyone can share their stories.

How Difficult is it for you to come up with one of your brilliant plots?

As I said I don’t really come up with plots, they just sort of come to me. I have woken up in the middle of the night with an idea and had to tap out a message to one of my betas just so I could remember it the next day. I also tag onto the end of these messages - Just ignore me I didn’t want to forget this. She is used to me now!

How about characters? Are they easily born and developed?

Just to add to my crazy train. My characters ‘talk to me’ - yep, one way ticket to looney town please! - It’s like I write their story, almost like they are telling me what has happened and I just get it on paper (so to speak). Sometimes they tell me something and I don’t like it, so I don’t put it in, then they shout at me until they get their way! - Yep, told you I was cray cray!

How long does it take you to take for you to complete a novel from concept to completion?

I don’t plan my books. I literally write as I go and although I have some ideas formed, the book can and often does take different twists and turns as I write. I do have a file which says ‘Book Outlines’, but most of the stuff that ends up in there actually gets added as I'm writing. It’s not used very much. For Love Reflection I only ever used one page and it just had the characters names, hair and eye colors etc.

Have you ever trashed a novel or story before or after finishing it, feeling it wasn't turning out as you planned?

No. Not yet, hopefully I won’t ever feel the need to either!

Any funny experiences or quirks you'd like to share with your readers?

My work colleague read a sex scene from Love Reflection (while I was still writing it) to the whole office. You’ve never seen so many older men blush at once!

Which one of your books would you like to see made into a movie?

As this is book one I would have to say Love Reflection.

What is your favorite band or artist?

I have eclectic taste in music so I don’t have a favorite.

What was it like to publish your first book?

So far the experience is amazing, rewarding and fulfilling.

What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?

Go for it. It doesn’t matter if you’re the next big thing or you crash and burn. Starting a book and finishing it, then going on to publish…you've achieved something. Nobody can ever take that accomplishment away from you.

Do you ever get ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hang on to them?

Absolutely all the time! My husband bought me a Dictaphone for exactly that reason. Most of my ideas come to me while I'm driving so I can just record them!

How do you overcome writers block and do you have a special place you like to write?

When I get writers block I have to walk away.
 Get some space from the laptop and start fresh another time or day.

Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow?

It’s a bit of both. I can write on demand, when the story is flowing I find it hard to stop but sometimes I need a little time to get going.

Who or what was the inspiration behind your books?

My family. My daughters are my biggest inspiration because I want to show them that anything is possible.