At the moment its a laptop on a coffee table on a balcony overlooking a busy road in Kardamina on the isle of Kos in Greece, watching the holiday makers walk in the sunshine, whilst I re edit and check for my terrible grammar issues!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Tilbury Essex, brought up in Bury in Lancashire and spent a chunk of time in Plymouth Devon, I use these locations as back drops, but change them around, to suit which ever book I'm writing, I holiday in Kos a lot so take some inspiration from there too!
When did you first start writing?
I have always loved writing but as I'm dyslexic I was always thought I was too stupid to do it, and it has to be said I am computer illiterate too, I had a nightmare few weeks recently I had uploaded the wrong versions of my books and wow the backlash on Amazon reviews was harsh but well deserved as they were horrendous, and I took them off and re read and re wrote them, the thought that I could came to me when I read a holiday book left by another guest and I thought I can do this, so I picked up my laptop and started to write, struggled with the grammar, and the dreaded spelling, hated English after the teacher in primary school said I was too thick.....
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was a strange dream I had and when I woke I put the pieces I could remember together and it sort of spawned from there, I woke crying that my boyfriend had died, and he knew nothing about the child I had was having, strange because I'm married and past having children but then I thought great idea for a book, so came Haunted By Your Memory....
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well I'd lie if I said I wanted to be rich lol, it's not happened though!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
seeing my ideas on the final version right there on the page, flicking the arrows and realising I wrote that!
What are you working on next?
A novel about two people adopted and brought together to work in a old spooky mansion there a strange twists and turns in it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like a lot too many really, I liked the fifty shades books tutt tutt I know but I do, I like Catherine Cookson, I love Maive too!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just choose the title from the top sellers and scroll down, I am hooked on vampires and werewolves thanks to Nicky Charles's books !
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do it was about a house I lived in I was convinced it was haunted and I typed away whilst my husband was at sea, not knowing about the way to save it, I kept the screen open until I had finished it, 500 pages long and I went to bed one night and the area had a power cut, ekk I lost the whole thing, apparently it was in auto save but I didn't find that out until my husband came back from his six month deployment! I didn't write again until I read fifty shades!
What is your writing process?
I write down the characters a brief who they are what they do, a rough story and fill it in and change it around until I am happy with it
How do you approach cover design?
simple I pick one thing from the book and use that still being pc illiterate I cheat and use another sites cover design and do it that way, that's the only reason my books are on amazon lol !
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Agatha Christie's death on the Nile, it gave me a longing to visit Egypt, as yet I have not done the top thing on my wish/bucket list...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The books by EL James, and the ones by Sylvia Day, I want my own beautiful man with billions to spoil me, alas nothing like real life.
What do you read for pleasure?
anything on my kindle direct or smashwords free list... I read fifteen books on holiday, I love reading... romance tops my list
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
none, I am not in this for money, I do it because I like writing, the occasional review is all I ask alas people though thy get it for free donr leave even one review or a star... so to market them for no reason is too much like hard work.
What do your fans mean to you?
the ones who review mean the world to me and make me want to write more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
reading... I either read or write...
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