I have always been motivated by the fact that every single day is different. What will be the possibilities today, I ask myself. The sun will always rise and always set and the constant in that is uplifting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have been a swimming coach for 27 years, coaching children from 2 - 12 years and adults. Apart from writing, coaching is my other passion.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I glean a lot of information from research and from some of my friends who are avid readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing my first story in 2006, based on a landmark in Australia, I knew I had to weave a tale about a little fish around this beautiful piece of Australia.
What is your writing process?
I use social media sites a lot as there is so many phrases that people use for their photographs and if I see something catchy this then leads me into a title for a story. Once I have an idea, I then work on formulating the character in my mind and decide which story would suit which character best. Most of the time I do not have the complete story in my mind, but the magic happens when I begin writing the very first word of a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I first read The Faraway Tree when I was seven years old. It was the first "big" book I ever read. I loved the imagination in all of Enid Blyton's books and this motivated my own imagination so much so that even from a young age, I knew that we all had our own choice to live a positive life.
How do you approach cover design?
I begin my story and within the first four pages, have a picture of what my main character should be. Once the main storyline has been revealed, I then work on finding the perfect backdrop and wallpaper for my design, that is bright, engaging and inviting.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Faraway Tree can still take me to places that I dream of, it allows me to be a child again. 2, The Girl On The Train: This book had a huge impact on me. It is so well written with three main characters and the author has the ability to create an ebb and flow between each character and chapter that keeps you engaged. It is a very well written thriller. 3. Kiss The Girls - James Patterson. Again a thriller written with two main characters involved. James Patterson's chapters are usually short and his style of writing incredibly unique. He is a master of writing. 4, Faith Like Potatoes: Based on a true story of Angus Buchan who never lost faith despite all that he encountered as a young man on his personal journey of life. 5. A book called The Gift or The Present: I have given this book to my two daughters to read. It is a must for every young teenager. It is so cleverly written about the grandson of a very wealthy grandfather and the lessons he puts in place for his grandson after his death.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read Chicken Soup For The Soul Stories - all true stories about all sorts of characters from animals to teachers, Mums, Dads, Grannies & Grandads. All uplifting that bring a smile.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Hardcopy or Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Setting up a Social Media Page. Word of Mouth
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Zimbabwe surrounded by family and friends. I was a child with a huge imagination and loved playing all sorts of childhood games that I encouraged my daughters to play when they were small. My world of imagination kept me happy and entertained.
When did you first start writing?
I started dabbling with writing when I was twelve, creating my own words to songs. When I was a teenager I tried to write a couple of stories but it was only when I had my own daughters that the writing bug truly bit.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love writing stories for children that can educate them in some way. My latest story is of a little bee who does not realise her own strengths until she discovers that she can make honey but not just any honey, magical honey!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had spent over six years becoming increasingly frustrated at publishing houses not wanting to help or to even take a look at my work. It just became too exhausting and then when I saw the benefits of becoming an Indie Author, there was no choice.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am just starting out with Smashwords, hopefully I will watch this space and be able to update this answer in the not too distant future!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the process of writing. I never know where my story will take me. I do not write in the conventional way as in writing a brief description of beginning, middle and end. I just have an idea of what I would like to write about, then begin and suddenly the story takes on a life of its own! I love that about not being predictable. Sometimes when I have asked my friends for their input, they ask, "How is it going to end." I laugh and say "I don't even know." I love that!!
What do your fans mean to you?
I currently only have a small fan base and they already mean the world to me. They have been incredibly loyal and supportive even in times when I have doubted myself.
What are you working on next?
I would like to write a story about the rain and what it means for all of us living in every single part of the world.
Who are your favorite authors?
Enid Blyton, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, Paula Hawkins, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele
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