Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in various places. I'm not entirely sure the places influenced my writing as much as the people in my life have. In fact, thinking about it (for the first time ever) it's people who have influenced my writing not places. The people I'm close to and have known forever, they have a definite influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Those who have known me from school days would say I've always written. I didn't start writing seriously until I was in my thirties.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working through edits for databyte (the 6th byte novel) with my editor at Rebel ePublishers - databyte is due out 2014. I have finished the first draft of the 7th byte novel, eraserbyte and while that simmers away quietly ... I started the next novel, psychobyte. Only two chapters in and we have a title already, should be a fun book to write. :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Not a question I understand ... when I'm not writing? Really? That happens? Oh, hang on, I spent a weekend not writing earlier this winter. I went away and had a really great time with friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Either from Action Man (who is constantly discovering new authors) or from Twitter. People talk about books ... I listen. :)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I do. It was fan fiction. I was 13. My best friend and I spent a few years writing a really long fan fiction story about our favorite band. It was so much fun. Not sure what happened to all out notebooks, no doubt they're around somewhere.
What is your writing process?
My process is fairly simple. A question pops into my head, can be anything. The most recent question was, "Where are you?" From that a story grows. When I first hear the question I don't always know who is asking it or who they're asking it of - but as I start to write it all becomes clear. That's the easy answer. What really happens is ... I hear a question and see a scene unfold. As I write more scenes play out in front of me. I never really know where the story is going or how it will end or even who will still be alive at the end. I scrawl notes in a notebook if I can't get to my laptop, sometimes it's a single word other times it's whole scenes. It's fun. I teach people to do in depth character maps and plot outlines, at the writing workshop I host every fortnight, but I don't use them. I prefer to just write and see where the story takes me. Sometimes it takes a lot of faith. But it all works out in the end. :)
Describe your desk
I have two desks. The one downstairs is a HUGE corner desk that houses my PC, printer, and has two sets of mobile drawers underneath it. I wrote Exacerbyte, Flashbyte, Soundbyte and Databyte at that desk - in the middle of the living area downstairs. My other desk is upstairs. It's my original desk that my dad bought me. It's about 2 meters long, wooden, with a red Formica top. I love that desk. I wrote killerbyte and terrorbyte at this desk, most of snakebyte and all of eraserbyte. I now work solely at the red desk in my room, using my laptop. On top of my desk is a container of assorted nuts (no peanuts), a container of dried cranberries, lots of pens, several notebooks, a bottle of gold glitter nail polish, paperclips, day planner, phone, glasses, phone charger, stereo remote, lamp. Also my flash drive collection in a box. My top drawer contains candy. Which I don't eat very often, but I like to know it's there in case I feel like Mike and Ike's or a 3 Musketeer bar. :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind soundbyte is a simple one ... not! My main character, SSA Ellie Conway is haunted by her dead husband to the point where she wonders if he is dead and as the stories within soundbyte emerged it felt like the right time to get some closure on that issue. I couldn't shake Marilyn Monroe's 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend', while I was beginning the journey that became soundbyte. It made me wonder how far someone would go to possess five very special diamonds and why they would want them? That became a warped and gruesome tale of revenge. So much fun to write!
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