I was always writing stories. I won a writing competition when I was about eight so that sticks out in my mind most of all.
What is your writing process?
I write freely. I just let the words flow. I create a second draft, then a third draft, a final draft – and then probably at least two more final drafts! Writing comes easily to me, editing takes more time and requires attention to detail.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel that had an impression on me was Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. It is still a favourite of mine – I still have my battered old copy that I had as a child.
How do you approach cover design?
With excitement! I have experience in layout and design so I enjoy this process very much.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Little Women The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Blindfolded Innocence Heartburn Villette
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A kindle, it was a gift, I was ridiculously reluctant to shift away from hard copies. No regrets now though.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter and my blog.
Describe your desk
I work in different places. Primarily the kitchen table,
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In a hamlet, then a town. I moved to the city at 18. Now I live in a rural part of the UK. The different places I have lived ALL influence my writing.
When did you first start writing?
At the age of three-years-old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is inspired by the idea of a young woman embarking on a career and attempting to make her way in the world – much as I did. It is structured around a bucket list concept and the first year of her career. It focuses on new experiences and new types of relationships.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I read the likes of Alessandra Torre and was inspired to self-publish. I always knew I would write a book one day and now technology has made it all the more accessible. I like the idea of being in control of my own work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have found the Smashwords platform to be accessible and supportive of writers. I am looking forward to using it again and again.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The freedom to get lost in your own world and in the words that flow onto the page.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am not sure who they are as yet :)!
What are you working on next?
A follow-up to my debut novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Alessandra Torre has been a favourite of mine for the past while. I have long enjoyed Norah Ephron's writing style too. I tend to re-read her work regularly.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog barking.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Running around running the household.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From recommendations at the end of books I've enjoyed or via sites such as Goodreads.
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