Well, book three in the Echoes of the Past series is in the final stages and it's all hands on deck to run the crowdfunder on Pubslush in July to pay for my publishing costs. Once that's complete I'll be embarking on book four in the series!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my kids or with friends. I love films and go to the cinema as often as possible. I also crave live music and comedy, so go to gigs when I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often from recommendations from friends. I also browse Amazon and pick up free or cheap boxsets, so discover new authors that way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I wrote one about a witch when I was about seven. It was only a few pages, but I remember putting a lot of effort into the illustrations.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an artist that I have worked with for all three books of Echoes of the Past so far. I've had a colour scheme in mind for a long time but we brainstorm ideas together. She sends me sample stock images and then works her magic to make what I imagine come to life. I'm really lucky to have found someone who really gets what I want.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love horror, especially Steven King. I also read The Hunger Games trilogy and absolutely loved that. I often re-read the Harry Potter books, especially now that my eldest is enjoying me reading chapter books to him; we've read the first three Harry Potters together a few times now.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire.
Describe your desk
I don't have one! I mostly write on my laptop in the living room, but sometimes at the dining table, which is usually covered in piles of my kids drawings and unsorted post! Oh I tell a lie, I do have a desk in the spare bedroom, but it is covered in piles of junk and never used.
When did you first start writing?
When I was little I was always writing stories. I used to write for my school newspaper and had an article published in the local paper once! I wrote my first screenplay when I was sixteen. I wrote poetry and songs for a while in my late teens, some short stories and started blogging in my twenties and finished my first novel in 2013 at age 30. I've always been a writer, but I think it took me a while to accept that it was my calling. Now I consider myself a writer and can't conceive of ever getting a "real job"!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew I needed to share Echoes of the Past with others and traditional publishing is just this blind alley of rejection for most people. Handing over my work to a trad publisher didn't interest me at all, I wanted to retain control of it. The more I learned about how the industry is changing, the more I realised that indie or self publishing is the future of the industry. I'm really excited by that.
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