LJ Smith and JK Rowling, I loved reading Harry Potter growing up, didn't we all? And I think LJ Smiths books are well written with fantastic plots! I also read a lot of indie books, ones that are self published, and I have found some hidden gems! There really is some talented people out there.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get excited to update my blog and hear what people have spoken to me about on different forums. I also love spending time out with my Fiance Kevin and seeing my little nephew Dylan. Obviously in the evening, I love writing, getting all my ideas down on paper and see the characters come to life!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Out with my family seeing new things! I grew up in Devon so there was plenty to see, old castles and jails, country houses, national parks and lakes. I also went to a witchcraft museum in Bideford which was fascinating!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look on my Kindle at new releases, recently published and scan through the fantasy section. Fantasy is my favorite genre!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have written a lot of stories, but I think the one that stuck was one I told my sister in our room when I was twelve and she was Eleven. It was about a vampire that stalked our town and the houses, looking for his long lost love! Was a bit scary but I was always in love with folklore.
What is your writing process?
I like to write an outline of my story first, then write a couple chapters at a time. Revise those chapters then write another two at a time. Revise them. Then edit and proof read, over and over. Most say that they have to have peace and quiet when writing, but I love putting on music whilst I am writing. Not too loud though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone! I adored it, I actually wrote a letter to JK Rowling and got a lovely reply. It made me believe in magic and took me out of reality and into this made up world of wizards and magic. It was so exciting.
How do you approach cover design?
Fortunately my sister is an Artist, and her friend an illustrator. So they do that side of it. I like picking the font used however, I think that is an important part of any cover!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The night world, Harry potter and the deathly hallows, The fault in our stars, is anybody out there? , Harry potter and the order of the phoenix.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy mainly! But I do enjoy chick-lit and mystery's. It depends what mood I am in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Posting on forums such as fiction-post, Fantasy-writers. Blogging has been very effective as-well. Contacting book review blogs ad asking them to review my book as-well!
Describe your desk
Funnily enough I actually have a desk in my living room! It is a bit messy with post it notes stuck everywhere, a pin board with ideas on, a printer, my laptop and speakers, a pen pot and paper everywhere.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Devon, which is well known for its folk-lore. This is why I love fantasy so much! Hearing the stories and visiting the places really gets your imagination going.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing properly in 2011. I wrote short stories in 2009 but didn't do anything with them.
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