I always feel 'in the flow' while I'm writing - totally absorbed in the process. I've also learned a lot about different subjects through researching my books.
When did you first start writing?
As far back as I can remember. As a little girl I loved writing stories - I remember a series about 'Mrs Greencat'.
What do your fans mean to you?
Though I do love writing for its own sake, it's really important to me to know that other people have read my work and benefited in some way from it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book 'Carmen's Roses' is a short novel of mystery and romance inspired by my medical background, my life divided between England and New Zealand, and my interest in the spirit world.
What are you working on next?
My new novel is a family drama set in England, and the main action takes place during the floods of June 2007 with flashbacks to the Second World War.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes, being keen to write down new ideas which have come overnight. And, always, my cats wanting their breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Singing in a choir. Looking after animals. Walking on the beach and swimming in the sea.
What is your writing process?
Variable! Ideas often come out of nowhere and then gradually connect. I write an outline of the book and then add the details, often changing the sequence of chapters, and making multiple revisions before I publish. I like to write every day, but I work around my other commitments rather than having set times.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've had several medical books published in the traditional way and they were successful, but when I decided to branch out into writing self-help and fiction books I chose the freedom, control and rapidity of the independent route. Although I do find marketing a challenge, I think it is wonderful that modern technology combined with platforms like Smashwords enable all writers to publish their own work at minimal cost.
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An outline of the holistic healing approach, written for both general readers and healthcare professionals. Describes how changes to lifestyle and mindset, practice of self-help techniques, and use of complementary therapies can assist coping and recovery from illness. Includes practical guidance, references and case histories. The author has worked as both orthodox doctor and natural therapist.
This guide to the 'mind-body-spirit' approach to healing, and overview of the principles of natural therapies, will be of special interest to readers living with long-term medical problems. The author has practiced both as an orthodox doctor and as a holistic healer. Real-life case histories illustrate the text.
Were you born with a spiritual purpose? Do you have free will to choose your path through life? How can you best find happiness and fulfillment? This book does not claim to answer these questions, but gives a practical framework for exploring them. The text is illustrated by many true life stories, drawn from interviews and correspondence with about 40 people from New Zealand and the UK.