When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not being a mum, which is never ha-ha - I am a part-time stay at home mummy and I run my own business. I also volunteer free editing and proof-reading to all Indie Authors on my Online Entertainment Blog the Author2Author Blog Chat. I also read and review. But mainly I’m Mum and trying to be a writer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, I still have it, and will probably go back to it one day. It was called This way to Oddworld - It was sort of like a Mad Max type story, Apocalyptic. I started writing it when I was about 10 or 11. Before that I used to write a lot of poetry about the films it watched. Disney films mostly. I was obsessed with Disney films ha-ha
What are you working on next?
I am currently still working on the revamp of my A Broken Paradise Series. Book one Chasing Fears was re-released on the 15th May this year, and the second book The Awakening is about to follow by the end of the month. Books three, four, five and six will all be out one after another until July 2016. I am also releasing a new title with my mum, and new Writer, SM Williams, called The Reapers, this June, which is going to be pretty awesome. I have so much up my sleeve for the next 9 months, it's crazy how I'm still standing.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my own covers if I really need too. Otherwise, I ask around my Indie Author friends and they either help me out of point me in the right direction.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Macbeth - William Shakespeare - It was the first book I ever got. My Nana Williams gave it to me for my 5th birthday. Of course, at the time I could only sit and listen to her as she read it to me, however, by time I was 8 years old I could read it myself. I fell in love with all Shakespeare plays, I have all his publications in one way or another.
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. What an epic concept philosophy is when told to a 14 year old girl. When I first read this it confused me ha-ha I have to admit. Although, when I went back to it one summer in my 20's I suddenly began to grip it's meaning. Another Author who challenged my mind and gave me the love of literature.
The Secret Diary Series by Janice Harrell. I loved these books, they were my first Series I had read as a Teenager, before then I was only reading novella's, short stores, goosebumps and educational books. Also writing my own.
Thinner by Stephen King. The first book of Stephen King I read and that was because my sister Emma was/ and still is obsessed with his works. She had read the books hundreds of times before I took it off her hands. She has all his books, and now today, I do too. The version my sister had was published in 85, I was just a toddler at the time, my sister was just 10 ha-ha.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend. Was one of my first assignments in High School English. I loved this book through and through, not gender-specific that I could relate to Adrian Mole, just the fact that I was almost his age at the time of reading it. It was funny, and age appropriate I think for form 1-2 high school English.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. I love all genres, all are welcome to me. I do tend to sway more to Science Fiction and Paranormal, but I am totally open to all genres.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my IPad with the apps.
Describe your desk
Missing! Nah I don't have one now at the moment. I use a little table with my laptop on it ha-ha
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just wanted to write. I have lots and lots of half written books in my folders and they need an audience. They deserve an audience. It didn't matter to me how I published my work as long as people could read them and enjoy them. Indie publishing was similar than traditional publishing. Many Publishing houses these days are not taking on. I'm afraid of rejection ha-ha.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That I get to invite people into my head. The inner workings of my mind, and the amazing characters that live there in their own worlds.
What is your writing process?
Whenever and however. Writing I do when I can, I can write whenever I can - that's not the problem. It's the ideas that spill out of my head inconveniently that I struggle to contain and sometimes to write down quick enough.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a city girl, I lived in what people call the park-district, family area of Fairwater, Cardiff. I had a happy childhood, I lived an awesome adventure. And I'm glad. I have stories upon stories of my journey to adulthood. I guess from where I grew up I could say it gave me that great freedom of imagination which is a massive help with my work. I can close my eyes and picture all my little trips, my holidays, my adventures and recall how it felt. That's a big plus!
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