What name do you write under?
Is this your given name?
Which country do you live in?
What made you want to write and were you inspired by anyone?
Writing was, for me, a hobby and for many years I wrote for fun without any hope of ever being published. That was for clever people, I believed, or for those who had been to University and studied the art of writing. I did write many poems for occasions, birthdays, weddings, etc, which was great fun and always seemed to go down well.
What encouragement did you have, and have you taken any courses in writing?
I have never had a writing course of any kind, it was something I dreamed of but never had the funds to do so. My first encouragement came from the Commissioning Editor of Take a Break, who read a short story I sent in to their magazine. She passed it straight to the Commissioning Editor of Penguin Random House and he encouraged me to continue writing. It was a moment that changed my life completely.
What genre do you write?
What was your first publication?
Christmas at the Ragdoll Orphanage
Did you self-publish or use a publishing house?
I was published by Penguin Random House
How long does it take you to write a book?
My first book took 6 months to write. I was under contract so worked hard to complete it. My second book took almost three years from start to finish. I spent a lot of time researching the history of where my story took place. I loved every single moment of writing this book. My third book was written in 6 weeks. Somehow the words just flowed on this one.
How many words does your book usually contain?
I am always contracted for 85k so it is usually around that word count.
How do you get over writer’s block?
I listen to music relevant to the chapter I am writing. For example, when I wrote the chapter ‘Girls Night In’ about losing mum, I listened to Jenn Bostic singing Jealous of the Angels. For the chapter called ‘Battles’, I listened to Adagio for Strings which is haunting and very emotional. I have never written a single word without my trusty headphones on listening to music. I cry a lot when I write.
Did you give up the day job to be able to write?
I had been made redundant the day I received my offer of publication for my first book. I am not retired but no I didn’t give up the day job to write.
Will you ever retire from writing?
How can we buy your books?
You can buy my books from my website.
They can also be bought from Amazon.