Both non-fiction and fiction, historical stuff and the occasional "escapist" novel.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and a real paper book
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Reviews on Amazon. I am contacting magazines and offering myself for interview so let's see what happens there, and I am going to do the same for literary festivals. But so far it has been word of mouth, via email and Facebook and Twitter.
Describe your desk
It looks out on to the garden. It has two big screens on it, and a mug with pens and pencils. A vase of flowers if there are any in the garden and I take swigs from a bottle of fizzy water when I need to. There's a dictionary and a Thesaurus on a shelf, and lots of paper and books and notebooks too.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My love of exploring, looking for places that once existed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The characters. And making the writing as vivid and clear and as good as it can be. And learning how to get rid of self indulgences and remember the reader, always the reader...
What do your fans mean to you?
I am writing for them and I want them to stay with me. They are incredibly important! I don;t know how many I have yet, but I am getting a good feeling. The comments I receive are largely positive, so I have hopes!
What are you working on next?
More places to explore.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen. Sybille Bedford. Some of Joanna Trollope. George Eliot. P G Wodehouse. Some of Mary Renault. Lee Child. Michael Connelly. There are plenty more but these will do off the top of my head.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Having things to do - and write. And I have to walk my very lively dog, which is great because it keeps me fit and clears my head so I can get back to writing.
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