I first started writing when I was in junior school, but that was mostly poetry. I did manage to write a few short stories, and whilst at senior school, I wrote the script for our group in drama class. So I suppose I caught the bug from a young age.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, I'd say everything. I love creating the outline of a story (something, which I learned the hard way, was quite important), and getting that first tingle of excitement. Plotting the chapters is also good, well, for me anyway. Next comes the actual writing, the time to let those ideas free. I welcome the solitude, the quietness of early morning when the house is still and I'm left all alone to write. Lastly comes the scrub-and-cut stage, as I like to call it. The time to mutilate or add new segments before getting down to editing.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently proofing the second novella in the Project Probe series, Annihilation. The book is almost finished and ready for publication in 2016.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have no problem getting out of bed in the mornings as this is the time I love most. Now, ask me what would inspire me to stay awake in the evenings, and I'd ask, 'you tell me'.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh my, the list would be endless, and unfair of me to pick favourites. Lets just say I like all genres and their relevant authors.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Okay, I'll answer this one as I'm not showing favouritism. 1. Lord Of The Rings 2. Great Expectations 3. Lovely Bones 4. The Mortal Instruments series (yes, that's more than one book) 5. The Hobbit As to why, well they speak for themselves.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to cook, not cakes though, I have a massive problem with baking. Also I love to draw and create vector images, I have tons of files on my system full of them. And reading, one of the most important activities if you wish to be a writer in my opinion.
What do you read for pleasure?
At the moment, mostly young adult books. I got quite a few for Christmas. The one I'm reading right now, World After by Susan EE.
Describe your desk
I don't actually have a desk. I either write at the kitchen table, or tucked up on the sofa.
What is your writing process?
Outline. Plot. Write. Rewrite (a few times). Put the manuscript aside. Edit. Plain and simple.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really, but I can remember story-time in infant school and listening to The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, I adored that book. Last Christmas, my husband bought the three book series for me, and I was over the moon.
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