Hollywood Blue is a personal story of my obsessive quest for stardom, the demons that drove me to seek fame - whatever the cost - and the characters I encountered along the way. It probably isn't for everyone; it's hard-hitting and graphic - I haven't pulled any punches. But it's my story, and it's one that I felt should be told - and I hope it will help other young girls who find themselves in similar circumstances to avoid the pitfalls of the fame game. Names have been changed throughout to protect the innocent and the guilty alike!
What is your writing process?
I'm pretty disciplined; I usually set my alarm for around four in the morning, guzzle some coffee and have a quick breakfast before taking a shower (which usually goes some way to waking me!), and holing myself up in my study. I used to be a night creature but I quickly discovered that trying to write in the lonely small hours held far too many bad associations for me - and if you read Hollywood Blue you'll learn the reasons why! I'm far more productive in the mornings, and I'm thriving on a more structured routine.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a friend who is an amazing graphic designer and she helped me out with a knockout cover for Hollywood Blue. I'm very lucky to have her on board as cover design is something I don't feel I'd ever be able to get to grips with!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a big-time iPad fan.
Describe your desk
Oh my God, it's usually cluttered to hell - I like to make notes by hand so there's often a paperstorm to contend with, along with the obligatory coffee cups and candy wrappers (I lurrrrve my chocolate!). The desk itself is gorgeous though and I really should take better care of it. It's a big mahogany thing with lots of drawers. It was one of many items left by previous occupants when we bought our house, and it had been abandoned under a pile of old tarps at the back of an outhouse. My husband had it fully restored for me as a birthday gift.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up just outside of Mobile, Alabama, and if you want to see how my childhood affected me and influenced my writing, I guess you need to check out Hollywood Blue!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My husband discovered some drunken notations I'd scrawled in a notebook years back, detailing past traumas. I'd always found the writing process cathartic and at the time these outpourings helped me cope in a very difficult situation. I was mortified that he had been reading something so private but it was actually a good thing for us - it helped him to finally understand me and my (often warped) motives and made us far stronger as a couple. He suggested I should write the book.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband and our daughter. And knowing that after years of hell I have finally turned my life around and discovered what it truly means to be happy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to cook. When I met my husband I was the world's worst cook, and I'm still no great shakes, but I do enjoy messing around in the kitchen. I've also recently taken up landscape painting.
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