I have been an avid reader from a very early age. I was a teenager when I realised that I wanted to be an author and write stories that entertained, amused and captivated people's imaginations.
Like many other people, life intruded on my dream. I went to college, started work, had a child, returned to college, became a teacher and just went with the flow and ebb of my life and commitments.
I now find myself able to think more about the goals and dreams I had at an earlier age. My journey through life, so far, has given me experiences that I believe will enhance my writing and story telling skills. I also find that I now have the time to focus on being creative rather than just productive. Although creativity and productivity need to go hand in hand I find I can now devote the time and energy to the creative side of my personality.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read books by Gena Showalter, Evangeline Anderson, Lora Leigh, Lorann Dohner, Marjorie Lui, J R Ward, Lyndsay Sands and many more authors in the Fantasy Romance genre. I especially like to read new authors as I believe they try extra hard to introduce new concepts and ideas to the genre. It fascinates me where peoples' imagination takes them.
I also like to read Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffrey Deaver, Martina Cole, Clive Cussler and many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Nosiness. There is too much to see, do and discover. I love learning new skills and information. The Internet and other people are my biggest research guides. I love talking to people and finding out about their lives. There is so much diversity in the world and I find it intrigues me. I was born with an inbred nosiness that makes me want to know how something works, or happens.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read, obviously. I also spend a lot of time crocheting soft toys and learning new craft and crochet skills.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first book or story but I do remember reading Enid Blyton as a child. I couldn't get enough of her books. I wanted to be a character in her books. I wanted to live their lives and solve mysteries and have adventures everyday.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love Fantasy Romance stories. I think romance, as a genre, has come a long way from when I used to steal my Grandmother's Mills & Boon books. I used to read them in the bottom of the garden where I couldn't get caught. I am obsessed with a happy ending. A book must have one. I watched the film City of Angles, with Nicolas Cage, and I am still traumatised by the ending. It was the first time I wanted to write a complaint letter.
In the last couple of years the fantasy romance genre has opened up and become much more imaginative. We have different worlds, lives, characters, character traits, adventures, technology, species - the list is endless.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on a mini iPad. I usually use the Kindle App but I am also very pleased with the Marvin app too.
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