As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!
What is the first thing people should know about you?
I talk utter nonsense if I’m nervous.
Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I’d say paranormal romance, but I also write contemporary and psychological suspense at times.
What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I think people know everything about me – I’m an open book!
Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Royal Rebellion my time-travel romance duo. It’s really different. A fae princess ends up having to travel to earth to save her twin sister. Sometimes I don’t know how my mind comes up with these things.
What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. It has a book within a book and is such an incredible story (first in a trilogy). They’ve just made (or are making) a TV series of it.
Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
None that I’d never write again, but my suspense books take me a long time to write due to the darkness in them and there are years between releases or it would be too much. BULLIED was very loosely based on eighteen months of terror at the hands of a group of teens who decided to bully my son (and extended it to us by smashing our car windscreens etc). It was cathartic to work out my frustrations through my fiction, but also left me extremely drained.
Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Yes and no. I don’t write to music. I need quiet. But I can hear a song and it can inspire me to write a scene. Taylor Swift is amazing for that.
Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
It’s extremely tidy to the annoyance of my other half, as I tend to write sitting on the sofa and not at my desk. The coffee table is strewn with everything that should be upstairs!
What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Get the book written and edited before you start announcing its actual release date. I get it, you’re excited, you want to tell people, but many times when a new author’s book goes to an editor it needs a developmental one and can take a LONG time before it’s actually ready for release. Be developing your social media, your newsletter, and dropping sneak peeks to get readers excited while you get it finished.
If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
Gnarly Fell. I invented my ideal place to live lol. I mean a cupcake café/bookshop. Yes please!
When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
I think I might be that old lol! I’ve written over seventy books so far. I’m in my early fifties now.
What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
Miss World hahahahaha. My grandma used to let me wear her long nightgown as a ball gown and interview me. Basically I’m obsessed with crowns and tiaras!
If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
No, which is very wise of people to not have said that to me!
BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
I’ve just revealed in book 6 of my Sucking Dead series, Just My Suck, who the mystery ice-cream man is… readers will find out on 12 Jan.
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