Well, it's pretty desk-less. I work through the Winter in the French Alps, so my desk is usually the Chalet sofa (when the guests are out!) with a view of glorious white peaks and trees. Lots of trees. I can also see the coffee machine from here, which is mighty comforting. I did build a snowman, but he kept peeking in at what I was writing, so I let him melt. Must build a less intrusive one at some point.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In the Winter I tend to throw myself down mountains, attached to a glorified tea-tray, or skis. I love swimming, and in the Summer I do Triathlons, write, paint and try to keep my toes in my career on a temporary basis (just in case I need to return to the 'having-a-proper-job' routine at some point). I also play the guitar and sing, terrorising local open-mic nights with songs I've written. I love travelling, and wish I could do more of it. My crazy, long-suffering wife tends to encourage my hare-brained schemes, and even did a half-ironman Triathlon with me. As long as she's on hand to keep me away from too much mischief, then all is well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My career stressed me out beyond belief, and I started writing as a form of self-therapy when I quit work. I guess I reached a point where I thought other people might like to read what I'd created, so thought I'd throw my stories out into the world for others... But I wasn't self-confident enough to believe I'd get a publisher, or make a full-time career from it. Ergo any readers that enjoy what I've created are valued and appreciated, thank you!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent book is about two women, thrown into running a chalet together up in the French Alps. It's a bit of a rom-com, which life up a mountain tends to lend itself to; from insane co-workers to guests that defy logic or reason... It's also a very different life to the norm, which I hope I've managed to get across!
When did you first start writing?
Probably at the same age as everyone else?! I loved writing stories at school, and always had some project or another on the go from age eight onwards, and was fortunate to have some fantastic teachers to encourage me. Following Uni, my career ended up involving a significant amount of reading and report writing, so my personal reading and writing trailed off. When I broke free and became a ski bum and adventurer, I found that I had a lot more time, energy and desire to write again... and here I am, attempting to write stuff people might like to read!
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