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’m only a part-time writer. By day I teach infants and try not to roll my eyes when they cry because they can’t find a pencil. But seriously, I love teaching – every day is different and they say things that make me laugh hysterically. For example, a child once asked me that if a cow licks itself, does it taste of beef? I mean only a child could come up with such a perfect question 😊
Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I’m most well-known for writing ice hockey romance which to a British audience may seem a bit odd, but it’s huge in the US and Canada and I definitely have a growing number of UK based fans. I have a series based around a fictional Seattle team called the Whalers and I have 4 novels and a novella out so far. Hopefully there are more books to come.
What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
My favourite book is one from my childhood – Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I just loved the relationship Danny and his dad had and the adventures they went on. And even though they were doing something illegal (poaching pheasants), you still wanted them to succeed.
Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Hahahaha, it’s tidy and well organised, unlike the rest of my house. I’ve recently moved it from the living room to the spare room so I feel more like an author now.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I’m an introverted extrovert! I’m very shy when I first meet people, but once I warm up and trust people, I’m the life and soul.
What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Put your work out there. Whether you start out like I did and just self-publish on Wattpad or you send it to family or friends, get people to read what you’ve written. It’s scary as hell to make yourself so vulnerable but it can lead to the best journey of your life.
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
America. I used to live there and I love going back. My bucket list destinations are Route 66, Chicago, Dallas (so I can stalk Tyler Seguin – if you know me you about my small obsession with the Dallas Starts hockey player!) and Seattle. I guess I should visit the city I write about – hahahaha.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I met the band Oasis in 1995 when they played a tiny club near where I lived in Connecticut, USA. We managed to get backstage and hung out with the band.
What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
I asked my best friend this, so this is her answer – I always saw her being an author and living in New York. I guess I have one part of that done.
Who is your biggest cheerleader?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some incredible people on my journey. I’d say my biggest cheerleader is my friend Lana. We met on Instagram and she was the first person to read my in-progress first novel All or Nothing. It’s totally down to Lana that I self-published on Wattpad and submitted to my now publishers 4 Horsemen Publications (I should also give a shout out to Val and Erika who are also my biggest cheerleaders). I would never have done any of this without Lana and she loved one of my characters so much, when it came time to name his heroine, I could only pick one 😊
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