Writing books that will help others and fulfil my desire to be a competent author.
What do your fans mean to you?
They bring me great joy and honour if they find what they're hearts seek within my books.
What are you working on next?
Two or more wedding books. A book on the care of Ferrets and a book on self help for depression.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! The ability to get out of bed is such a gift. To live relatively pain free and have opportunity in each new day!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, voluntary counselling, hobbies, family, marrying couples, collecting books and small antique items.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through searches of genres, or noticing the name of a book somewhere and it has spiked my interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Blessings, Readings & Vows for Weddings.
What is your writing process?
I watch a movie whilst I am writing, or stop to read a light non fiction inbetween. I always have my eyes and ears open to net words that speak to me and hopefully will to others.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have read many books from 10 years of age. Since then I read a non fiction a day and sometimes a non fiction and fiction in a day, as well as numerous magazines. I read so prolifically that I read very fast now. The books that stole my heart to words as a teenager, were the French romance series Angelique written in the 50's by novelist duo Anne and Serge Golon and the fictional adventure She by Rider Haggard. I loved his use of English.
How do you approach cover design?
I like simple yet effective covers. I especially like the colour of the cover to pop with the title in easy to read font. My weddings books are all the same design with different cover colours.
What do you read for pleasure?
A romance a day. Louise Hay's books and Helen Steiner's poetry and the vintage books I collect.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
Busy. I have a large desk. On it is an antique Jardiniere with plant and shadow boxes I have made. A vintage typewriter, vintage books, hand painted glass domes. A Bakelite black phone and lots of little old pieces. I love a busy desk. Probably because I don't use it to work on. I type on a laptop on my lap and watch tv at the same time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, but my love was Phillip Island where my family spent holidays. I rode my horse along the beach. Rowed and sun baked. I loved vintage items from a young age, especially cherished old books. This led to my love of English, unusual words or vintage sayings.
When did you first start writing?
I first started when I became a Marriage Celebrant 11 years ago. I realised the books available had limited information in them and thought I could improve on this. I also wanted to include some more vintage wording.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My friend had her book published and I had asked her who she published with.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Awaiting to see. Fingers crossed! Hopefully people will find my books and within they will find what they seek.
Who are your favorite authors?
As I read so prolifically, Louise Hayes and others too many to mention.
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