- Where are you from?
Originally from New Zealand, in a wine growing region called Hawkes Bay. Now, though, I live in Sydney which is where the old ball and chain is from.
- When you published your first book, how did that make you feel? And do you still feel the same with other books you published?
I was shit scared. Like… I think I spent the entire day sitting in front of my computer hitting refresh on amazon to check rankings and average star rating etc…. I don’t even know if I got up to pee the entire time. LOL kidding, I totally would have got up to make coffee, BUT THAT”S IT!
Now… I’m not so scared but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t refreshing that browser roughly 16 times an hour…
- When you do a Co-writing, did you just say to the other writer, hey I like you let’s write something together?
CM and I started out co-writing mainly as a joke. We’d been “hanging out” (virtually of course) a lot and one day she needed to get some words done to meet a deadline but kept getting distracted by my inane banter, so she told me to sprint with her to help motivate. Trouble was, I had some serious writers block happening on Kit so was coming up blank. Instead, Caitlin said “just write anything.” Well, I do like to take these suggestions literally, so I started writing a story about sexy plumbers, which had been a running joke with us for a while. When I reached 1000 words I emailed it to her, giggled, and went to bed. The next morning, I opened my emails and she’d added the next scene to it and… well… the rest is history! 😀
- What do you think goldfish are thinking?
“It’s a nice day today—OH LOOK A SQUIRREL—we should write some words—STARBUCKS TIME—hey, do you think Reg should—maybe I’ll browse amazon—check rankings?—hang on I need to feed the cats—what were we doing again?”
Oh wait, that’s what Caitlin is thinking… I affectionately call her Goldie as she has the attention span of a Goldfish.
- Are you scared of something?
Windmills. Mark my words, those bastards are coming for us.
- What would you say makes you you?
A healthy dose of sarcasm, wit, wine and coffee.
- Are there days you wished to be a man and so yes why?
No, women are the superior gender 😛
- If you made your own cocktail, what would be in it and how would you name it.
Fermented grapes and I would call it… Wine.
- Summer or winter? Which season do you like best?
Winter, oh dear foxes, WINTER! I am the approximate color of a slice of Wonder White bread so I don’t handle heat or sunshine well… I’m worse than a vampire, at least they sparkle! I just sweat and burn. (says me, in Sydney, in 39 degree heat.)
- What was the name of your first stuffed animal?
Pink Nose! See, I was logical and descriptive as a kid too!
- What did you want to be when you got older? (would never say grow up cause who wants to do that)
I wanted to be Supreme Court Justice of NZ.
- Who would your dream date be with?
Ummmmmm well…. Uhhhh…. #whychoose? Put a gun to my head and I will grudgingly choose Tom Hardy, Ian Sommerhalder and Stephen James.
- If you haven’t always been a writer, what did you do before you were published?
Several things, I was a Travel Agent, I still own two bars and a restaurant with my husband, and I am a new-ish mum.
- Do you have a special place to write?
Nope, anywhere with coffee suits me fine!
- What is your biggest distractor during writing?
Caitlin. And Facebook.
- How long does it take you to normally write a book?
Depends on how hard I push myself, or how long it is. But anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months!
- If when co-writing if you don’t like what someone writes, how do you handle it?
It’s actually never happened? It tends to be more a case of “LOL what? Okay then…” and then you just… roll with it and make it work!
- Do you think that Pluto is still a planet?
Poor Pluto. It was just awfully rude to let him call himself a planet for all these years and then one day be all “sorry bro, got that one wrong.” Like… his entire existence is a lie!
- If you could write about a certain time period which would it be?
Ooooh Crusades probably.
- Why did you start writing?
Borderline PPD after the birth of my son. I wasn’t coping, and I am not one to seek help from other or talk about feelings so I channeled it into what I considered a valuable use of my brain power and time.