At school! I never really became serious until much later in life. I'd always said I wanted to write a book but never got around to it, and then as I approached my 40th birthday I decided life was too short not to do what made me happy.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney in New South Wales. Mum was a stay at home mum until I was 14 and Dad worked on the docks of a supermarket unloading the trucks. We never really had much but we had all that we needed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm writing about my two people who met each other as penpals during the World War 1 and it's through these letters that they eventually fall in love. She's worried about whether he'll come back to Australia and if she'll ever get to meet him in person. The inspiration for this book is my Great Aunt.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's relaxing and pure escapism. When I'm writing I become the characters, so I can be whoever I want to be.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love reading Mark Billingham, Nora Roberts, Patricia Cornwell, and Jodi Picoult.
Describe your desk
Chaos! It's covered with papers, sticky notes, lots of coloured pens. I try to tidy it at the end of the day, but it's never really clean.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is too short not to! There are many people who can't get out of bed who want to! Grab life by the horns, carpe diem and all of that!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was the book called "Phorty Philosophies". It's a book about my reflections on life now that I've hit 40. It's about things I wish I knew when I was younger, now that I'm wiser.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, in the garden, and with my family.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's given me a platform to share my books, and has given great advice with publishing.
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