Oh, so many! I constantly change my mind about who are my favorites, based on what is happening in my life at that moment. Michael Ondaatje is always close to the top of the list. Pat Conroy writes magic. I recently read a novel by Ashley Hay who lives in my hometown of Brisbane and admired her style.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Two things: heat and excitement. Heat because we're having a hot summer and I need to have my running shoes on and be out the door by 5.15 am or it's too hot to exercise in comfort. Excitement because every day is a new adventure. I love life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Other than working, raising children and looking after my partner? There are reasons why I don't normally sleep more than six hours a night!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often it begins with a review I read, or maybe someone has referred a book or writer. From there I search for the best format to read it in. Ebooks are wonderful for the magic of instant access.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was in grade one. I wrote and illustrated it. Then I made it into a book. I can't remember the story, but I think the protagonist was a cat.
What is your writing process?
An idea comes to me - I never know where from. It develops until the stage of notetaking and mind-mapping. Eventually I begin writing and find it difficult to stop until the first draft is completed. I send the manuscript to some trusted beta-readers and use their comments to improve the next draft. I usually write around four drafts until satisfied.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually I enjoy a work of fiction that takes me to another place and time. I get lost in that world. It's wonderful.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Paperwhite which I take most places. Sometimes I read on my android tablet. I have been known to open an exciting story on my android smartphone while waiting in queues.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still leaning! I haven't found a technique that I would say was truly effective.
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What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding out what happens next.
What are you working on next?
"In Strange Worlds" is ripe for a sequel. Early readers have also suggested this. I think it will be my next project.
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