Just bringing my characters to life, it's such a thrill because it's a tricky process at the beginning, you have create a person and give them their own personality, I jot down a few notes but it's just brilliant watching them evolve when it's time to actually write them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I write not also for myself but also because I know what it feels like to look forward to getting a new novel by your favourite author with new stories and new problems!
What are you working on next?
Well, I'll be working on 'Miscellany' it's going to be a big family drama.
Who are your favorite authors?
Penny Vincenzi, Katie Fforde & Sarra Manning are just a few!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Basically, working on my new website and looking forward to preparing my novel and planning my next one!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Oh the usual, reading and thinking up new ideas to promote my novels
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'll be honest, a lot of them are from authors I already know, I'll type their name in the search engine every now and then to see if there's anything new!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh god yes! I was eight years old, it consisted of my family and I in outer space!
What is your writing process?
I always write my ideas in a little book I have; plot tends to come first, then characters then the title, but it depends.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A funny story from the library, the Hairy McLairy series, I used to love that and made my parents read it to me over and over again!
How do you approach cover design?
I use clipart.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Second Footman by Jasper Barry, the way he writes the characters is just so endearing and emotional as it consists of homosexuality which was controversial at that time!
The Best Of Times by Penny Vincenzi, I love the characters and the way their plots are developed through a simple incident.
Anything by Katie Fforde, she's so light and enjoyable, I love chick-lit!
Kate Morton: Her books are interesting and have a lot of depth.
Jill Mansell: She's a bit like Katie Fforde.
What do you read for pleasure?
Contemporary or period fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of e-books. I know it sounds hypocritical but I'd still rather hold an actual book! But I DID enjoy a collection of short stories by Penny Vincenzi entitled: Love in the Afternoon and Other Delights.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm not sure yet! I've done book trailers and have a website and they seem to have been noticed, so I'll just have to wait and see!
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Norfolk and it didn't really influence my writing, everything that influences me I've either read or watched!
When did you first start writing?
When I was eight.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Basically it tells the story of a rich young man who is conducting a secret affair with an older woman but it's all about to go wrong as he is set-up by his parents with his lover's niece!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just wanted the opportunity to be able to share my work, getting published and noticed is far harder than writing the actual book!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm hoping it'll get me noticed more.
A good family drama entitled Miscellany, I've never really done one of those with a really big family, each with their own story. I'm not just talking the usual mum, dad, child, but cousins, brothers, sisters, step-cousins; the works - it'll be a massive challenge!
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