- When did you first start writing?
I started writing approximately three years ago. I used to teach English as a foreign language and wrote short stories for my students, my writing then progressed from there.
- What did you do with your earliest efforts?
The first story I wrote was a love story called A New Beginning. A different style of writing to my books these days, very much like a Danielle Steel novel. I haven’t done anything with it, – it sits in a file in my drawer still.
- Did anyone read them?
Yes my publisher, but I decided on publishing Whittington Manor instead.
- Do you still have them?
Yes I do and I’m still unsure if I will publish it one day.
- What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in?
I only write about things that interest me and I write in different genres. Whittington Manor is a historical romance set in World War II, The Ghost of Bluebell Cottage is a historical romance with a paranormal twist, set in the 17th Century and modern times, and my next book to be published in 2013 is a mystery/paranormal story set in modern times only – no romance and no history.
- What do you enjoy most in the writing process?
Introducing new characters and developing intriguing storylines. I love writing mystery and paranormal, and keeping the reader wanting to know more. What parts of it do you really dislike? Editing. I hate editing and now use a professional editor to take care of it for me!
- If you write in multiple genres how do you make the switch from one to the other?
Do you find it a welcome change, crazy-making or a little of both? Its nice to have a change. I don’t always notice the genre so much as I get too involved in the story itself.
- Historical fiction takes a lot of research. What is the most memorable or interesting thing you’ve learned along the way?
I enjoyed researching about Lady Mary Bankes who owned Corfe Castle in Dorset during the time of the civil war. There wasn’t anything in particular that was memorable, it was all fascinating.
- How do you get your ideas?
A lot of my inspiration comes from having a vivid imagination and many ideas stem from films I’ve watched or books I’ve read. Where do you look for ideas? I never look for ideas, I’m lucky that they never stop coming to me. I have three synopsis already written for future books!
- Tell us a little about your current project.
I’m actually between projects at the moment, as I’ve just finished writing The Other Daddy. It took me over a year to write the story I call my masterpiece. It is a very inspirational and spiritual story, although not too heavy! Its very different to anything I’ve ever written before and is a one-off. It incorporates ideas and beliefs about the paranormal and a possible after life. Throughout the story, each character has their own opinions and views on the subject which allows each reader to relate to their favourite character and their own personal opinions. The intrigue has a hold on you all the way through until its conclusion.
- What’s up next for you?
Well, The Other Daddy should be out on sale in March/April 2013. I am about to start a new project, and its the long awaited Whittington Manor II, the continuation of my first novel published in December 2010! When I wrote the story I deliberately left it open so that I could write another book if I thought it would be of interest to people. I’m so delighted with the response from readers and have been asked many times, will I be writing a continuation – and my answer is yes! I am just starting to write it and it should be available in 2013/2014.