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What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create another reality and world where anything can happen.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without them I wouldn't have fantastic reviews to show off. I find it amazing that people can download and read my book in another country all just by one click of a button. With digital publishing this fact is reality. I live in England and yet I have readers in America, Canada, Australia, Holland, Brazil and Mexico.
What are you working on next?
My next book of course. My first two books are memoirs of travelling and my third book is chick lit. I plan to write more fiction and I'm already planning my fifth and sixth book.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is tough as I read so many. But I find Chris Manby and Matt Dunn easy to read.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs. I love to spend time with them while I'm writing. I have a Border Collie and a Pomeranian.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking my dogs mainly and also having coffee with friends. Of course I like to read and I like to travel a lot in my own country as well as go on holiday. I also love watching documentaries on serial killers and psychopaths. As a writer I love human psychology and find the subject fascinating. I guess this comes from my love of people watching. I also like Drama and self defence. Activities where I can interact with people. Writing can sometimes be lonely.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly look on Smashwords and Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I always used to like writing ghost stories in primary school although my tastes have changed completely now. In high school I wrote a creative piece for my English GSCE which my teacher read out to the rest of the class. She was very impressed with it.
What is your writing process?
I write EVERY SINGLE weekday afternoon. I spend some time on social media in the morning and then it's writing in the afternoon. I may spend the evening typing up my written notes. I try to write at least 500 words a day if not more. I find that's the only way to write. You've got to keep working your brain. Writing is like a muscle. You have to train often.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I loved Enid Blyton books when I was younger. I think I've read her entire collection. Also I loved Roald Dahl. These two writers had the most fantastic imagination and I loved the way you could get lost in a story with them.
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