That would have to be the adventure. I love sharing the journey with my characters, every bump in the road, every glorious achievement. They become part of my family and I can't wait to spend more time with them.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I am working with my husband on an epic fantasy novel set in the medieval era about a kingdom that is at war with a race of terrifying beasts. There's swords and daggers with a healthy array of colourful characters all set in the wilds of The Kingdom of Ri'mera.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time so that takes up a good portion of my waking hours. When I'm not concentrating on policy and procedure though, I often find my mind wandering off in contemplation of the next scene.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was six years old and had just been attacked by a swarm of wasps. In the time I had off from school I turned my nasty experience into a graphic novel. I think my mum still has it somewhere...
What is your writing process?
Lots of dreaming, a bit of note taking, a lot of procrastination, a bit more dreaming and then the words start to flow. Rinse and repeat?
How do you approach cover design?
Sometimes I find this more fun than the actual writing. I have graphic design experience and I enjoy designing my own cover art. They always say, don't judge a book by its cover, but it is really important to make sure that the cover conveys what the story is about to the potential reader. First impressions often stick and since the cover is generally the first thing people see, make sure the impression it gives is a good one.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't think I could name five. I can give you one: Pride and Prejudice. I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. I love the eloquence of the time period and the beauty of the English language of days gone by.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love historical romances though I'm not particularly fond of the recent trend to steam them up. I read for the sheer enjoyment of getting lost in the story, not the endless depiction of nocturnal activities between lovers. So I am always on the lookout for the PG rated romances with solid character development and a strong story line.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad baby! I find it's the most user friendly e-device.
Describe your desk
Messy! I have a computer with two wide screen monitors, one for the manuscript and the other for research. I also run my own business (in between working full time and writing) so my desk is constantly drowning in tax invoices and receipts. I really should do something about that huh...
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I learned how to. There have been many short stories scribbled down at different times during my early years but it only became serious about 6 years ago. That's when The Abandoned Countess took flight.
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