She fell in love with stories and story telling when her parents read to her as a small child. The love of writing came later. After many years of procrastination she finally decided to "give it a go" and attempt a full length novel. Chosen was born. Soon she hopes to be able to devote more time to her writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm sure there were stories before, but the one that sticks in my mind was about a group of young people who survive the apocalypse by living in an underground bunker. They emerge years later to a devastated and empty world. I think I was about 12 at the time.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a very difficult question to answer. I have read hundreds, no, probably thousands of books and it would be impossible to pick just 5 as my favourites. The first "grown-up" book I read was The Time Machine by H G Wells. I think I was about 10 or 11 at the time, this is probably where the Sci-Fi / Fantasy love came from. From there I moved on to Agatha Christie books (who hasn't read an Agatha Christie) then Isaac Asimov and Tolkien. One of my favourite writers back when I was young was John Wyndham, I just loved his stories. I like Stephen King books, I love his characters, they are flawed and thrown into impossible situations. Some survive, some don't, much like the real world. Nope, I've come to the conclusion I cannot name just 5.
Her Father's Eyes
on Jan. 23, 2013
Nicely written and easily read. I enjoyed this story and liked the ending.
After the Roman Cemetery
on Jan. 23, 2013
What a story! It was so moving. I felt I was there in Syria with the author, her words brought it to life for me. Thank you for sharing something so personal. It's the strong emotional events (whether they be good or bad) that stay with us our whole lives.
The Red Man
on Jan. 30, 2013
Loved "The Red Man". Great story, left me wanting more.
Smashwords Style Guide
on Jan. 31, 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I wasn't sure if I could do it myself having very, VERY little knowledge of computers and how they work. I thought I'd give it a go as I always had my backup manuscript if anything went wrong and low and behold I did it first time. Says a lot for Marks instructions. If I can do it anyone can, just give it a go.
Fifty Shades of Red are Beautiful Colours
on Feb. 25, 2013
Really enjoyed these stories. Eventhough each one is totally different, I found a spot in every story where I said, "oh my god, I can totally relate to that". I suggest you make yourself a hot chocolate or pour a glass of something and curl up with "Fifty Shades of Red" you won't be disappointed.
The Lady of Roch Shan
on Feb. 26, 2013
I loved this story, I wish it was a novel, I didn't want it to end. The writing style fitted perfectly with the subject. Had the feel of an old Scottish tale. I'd like more please.
Tears for Atlantis
on Feb. 28, 2013
Loved this story and I'm eagerly awaiting "The Children of the Lost Kingdom". I think this will be an interesting series of books.
Memiors Of White Owl
on March 13, 2013
The ideas in this story are good but I do agree with Mr. Jackson, a good editing would have made this a great story. (You might want to check the spelling of the title.)Keep writing, your ideas are good.
Kukla Mou - the Little Greek Princess
on April 08, 2013
What a beautifully told little story. If my daughter wasn't 26 I'd read it to her at bedtime. I'll keep it for my future grandchildren instead. Love it.
The Changeling Detective
on July 02, 2013
A well written, well edited story. It was a nice easy read peppered with humour which added to my enjoyment of the story. Set in Australia's capital, Canberra. A series in the making.