Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
yes it was a book called The Mammy. I was laid up with a bad back and needed an operation so was feeling quite down. I was also so bored so I bought the book as it was a small book. I read it in one day and I cried with laughter. It was a real tonic to my failing spirit and I made sure all my friends read the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The mammy by Brendan O carroll as it is a story of friendship, love and a true sense of with laugh out loud comedy in the face of adversity. Remember me by Lesley Pearse - an epic tale of loss, tragedy and strength. I love all Lesley Pearse books but this is my favourite.
Rosie by Lesley Pearse. I love the way it shows strength and determination and coming out on top in the face of all adversity.
A child called it and a man named Dave by Dave Peltzer - It's hard to say they were good books as they are based on true events. what he endured as a child is horrendous and I was very very angry reading a child called it. However, I was glad that he survived, not only his mother, but the system he was in and the amount of heart ache and slammed doors in his face. He really is quite remarkable.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything depending on my mood. I currently have 6 different books on the go which are very diverse from true story to chic flic to a psychological book about abused children.
Describe your desk
I work from my kitchen table, when the house is quiet !
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up first in England then from aged 14 to 19 in Ireland. This experience is what influenced me to write my story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just wanted to write my story and say that it was published. I am not concerned about a big publishing house taking it and making ME a household name. It is more about me telling the story of a girl who experienced the loss of all that she knew and how it affected her. The teenage years are bad enough without all that is familiar to you being taken away.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Time will tell !
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
just writing it down and seeing it coming to life.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I have any fans I would hope to inspire or offer hope to them at times when they feel they are all alone or that things are so bad they can't see another way. There is always another way!
What are you working on next?
I have finished part two and am working on part 3 of the story!
Who are your favorite authors?
Lesley Pearce, Rosie Thomas, Patricia Scanlon and Carmel Harrington
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The new day. A new beginning !
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
with my husband children and grandchildren. Volunteering in a charity shop and going for walks
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