- Why did you start writing?
I always enjoyed reading and writing. One day I woke up from a dream and there was no option but to get the story down on paper – it was all-consuming until I’d done so. Fantasy of Frost was born!
- How do you like your tea or coffee?
TEA! And my answer depends on what tea I’m drinking, but for a token English Breakfast? Dollop of milk, no sugar, piping hot.
- With who would you be alone on an island for two months? Character of books included.
My husband, for sure. If I could only choose a character, I’d have to go with Hermione Granger. . .because she’s Hermione Granger.
- When you published your first book, how did that make you feel? And do you still feel the same with other books you published??
Publishing your first book is one of the most rewarding yet most vulnerable moments of your life. Will people like it? Can I really write? Will this go somewhere? I have found that I get far less of that vulnerability now I’m ten books along the road, but the reward of releasing a book you completely believe in and have poured everything into hasn’t faded. I love it.
- What is your favorite color?
- What did you wanted to be, when you grew up/ got older?
I have a Physiotherapy degree and worked in this prior to going full time with my writing. In my late teens my thoughts had already turned to writing, but I didn’t know enough about the career to pursue it. The life experience of working hard for a degree, reflecting on my performance, and interacting with people professionally while working as a Physio were all crucial skills to learn that have helped me in my author career.
- Aliens real or not? And when you walk into one, what is the first question you would ask?
Real! And I would say, ‘Hi there, if you want to stay in my house, can I go to your world and stay in yours?” It would be an alien house exchange program.
- What gift would you want for your birthday?
Anything book, tea, pamper, food, concert, theater, or adventure related. I rate ‘time gifts’ the highest – take me out for a day and I’ll be happy.
- Did you ever think that you would achieve all of this?
I knew where I wanted to get to, and from the start I set my mind to getting there. As soon as I finished Fantasy of Frost, I began researching what I’d need to do to launch the book and my business. Of course, you learn so much more as you go, but I’ve been determined about the desired outcome from the get go. With that said, you never know how your first books will be received, and I was stunned at the response. Suffice to say, I wake up grateful every day that people want to read my books, and that I’m able to do what I love.
- Who is your favorite author?
I have several tiers of favorite authors (don’t get me started). One of my ‘top shelf favorite’ authors is Tamora Pierce. There are six authors on that shelf.
- What is the funniest review you ever got?
There are a few reviews that use some of my fantasy world language in the subject line. They go something along the lines of: ‘Veni, that was good’ or ‘Well, Veni…’ Veni is a curse word in The Tainted Accords.
- Do you have any hobbies?
Tons! I play a few instruments and enjoy songwriting, and I (obviously) read. I’m a total fad person and go through painting furniture, hiking, biking, various exercise classes, cooking, and crafts pretty much on rotation. I also LOVE to travel. So much to see, so little time. I’m fairly obsessed with the Game of Thrones: Settlers of Catan at the minute – it’s a board game. Everyone should play it.
- Do you think that Pluto is still a planet?
Oh, poor Pluto. Of course he’s a shiny planet. He can be whatever he wants to be when he grows up.
- What is your biggest distractor during writing?
My guitar and talking to my author friends. Raye Wagner is by far the biggest culprit!
- If you could change one thing about a book you wrote which book and what would you change?
I believe that you should never go back and change what you’ve published previously because your books show your journey as an author. It’s normal for authors to feel insecure about their first book, but I will never alter my debut book for the above reason. I want to look back and compare my first book to where I am now; It’s like a photo album.
- How long does it take you to normally write a book?
First draft, usually 2-3 weeks. Sometimes a month if the characters have a lot to say and do, or if the technical aspects of the book are complicated. For completion through two edits, proofreaders and formatters, around 4-5 months.
- What do you want to tell a novice writer, do you have any tips or tricks, good ideas, crazy ideas? Doesn’t matter, just anything….. To help them.
The amount of information when you first start, both about your craft and the market, can be overwhelming. Just pick one thing and start there. You’ll slowly get through everything.The other thing would be to compare yourself only to yourself. Where are you now compared to last year or to the first year? Focus on your progress, that’s what counts.
- What is your favorite movie?
The Boat That Rocked
- Is there one thing you really want to achieve in life? That could be anything, from being the best writer to an ant farmer.Just to be happy and continually grow as a person.