Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia. My parents were from Cyprus. My father loved to read, and he influenced me greatly. He was a beautiful writer and an excellent Speaker. As i grew up people often said I had a book in me, that I had an interesting turn of phrase. It wasn't until after my daughter, Kate was born, when i was twenty nine that began to write. It wasn't terribly good, awful in fact. Having failed English repeatedly at school left me non plussed that people could say i should write. At around forty five I wrote an introspective article for a local magazine, and the encouragement came in again. So, the influences have been many and varied, and i thank them for spurring me on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted some control over the writing and publishing process, and I enjoy promoting my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing takes me into a sublime space where it is just me, my thoughts and feelings, and the words
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
A book about broken trust and how it reverberates throughout one's life. A series of book of poems and short stories about what men are doing well.
Who are your favorite authors?
Balzac, Shakespeare, Dante, Proust
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life itself: watching people go about their day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, gardening, watching a good movie
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
through friends, and Amazon mostly
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, i don't
What is your writing process?
I go out in the morning, watch people go to work, or they might be sitting having coffee or taking their children to school. I watch for the love people have in them and think about how to write about it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was one about Robin Hood. It was full of adventure
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In Search of Lost time, Proust: for his attention to the 'ordinary.' Pere Goriot: Balzac: for his energy, his 'blazing' characters, and vivid descriptions about Paris Shakespeare: for his poetry and universality The Inferno: Dante: who often holds my hand in the 'darkness' Unreliable Memoirs: Clive James: for his honest, clear wit, and intelligence
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook, Linkedin, promotional video, talking with 'Hubs of Influence', workshopping what i written
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