Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? My journey has only just started, it is one of intrigue, imagination and escapism, delving into a new world of chaotic reality. A world where I have created the back story of a character, the average girl next door that delves into the realm of the supernatural, finding out she isn’t who she thought she was and is something so much more.
How many books do you currently have published? One
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? There are simply too many books, too little time and too small a space to write in!
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I am currently working on the next book in The Celestial Rose series, and have mapped out the following two books after that.
What do you enjoy most about writing? The Celestial Rose has been a part of my life for such a long time, I created Taylors reality within my own mind many moons ago. For me my most favourite part has to be when I give life to my creations, allowing them to wander off in all number of directions telling me their story as they go.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I go for a walk to clear my mind, talk to friends and work through the story with my Husband, he’s quite inspiring, always asking ‘what if’ and ‘why’, coming up with blue sky ideas and something unique and different.
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes I had originally worked out a happy ever after ending for Eternal Entity, but as you may know, it’s quite the opposite. The start of book two is brilliant, if I do say so myself. It really brings out the characters dark humour, after all she hasn’t got much else left to live for has she?
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I’m not that keen on Chase, he seems to be a bit too obsessed with Jessie for my liking, I have a plan for that later though… if he allows me to write it that way. Besides Taylor and Lucian which are the obvious favourites. My next favourite has to be Nic, his humour cracks me up, especially his joke about the ice demons melting: “Demons are hot, yet he’s icy cold. He’s the only one of his kind left, too. They all melted.” He laughed hard at his own joke.” It’s the fact he finds himself so amusing that amuses me. Besides Nic, I quite like Harland, he’s the dark mysterious type after all, what’s not to like?
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? When I’m asked about my favourite scenes I always think back to the scene I started with. The first scene I ever wrote was the York Pied Piper scene with the Femme Fatale and a stolen first kiss. That brings back fond memories of the start of a whole new idea.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Write lots! It sounds obvious, but the more you write, the better you become. I learnt a lot on groups and forums too, so I’d recommend researching. Also, remember to show not tell, it doesn’t have to be all the time, but the more you show, the more the reader is absorbed into the story, seeing as if they are within the body of the character before them. Also, don’t be afraid to be different. If you’ve read my book, you’ll know I’ve experimented with breaking the fourth wall and actually talking to the reader, I quite like it and I’ve had some great responses too. So be unique, love what you do and keep writing!
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? Eternal Entity, just because it’s the first one that’s out there right now
Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? I did delete a scene where Harland actually bit Taylor, thus she became half Lycan with the animalistic instincts and loyalty to her pack. However it took her too far from Lucian and the original path of the story, so it was deleted, laid to rest in the eternal wasteland of possibilities and dashed hopes.
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? As I child I always remember the Point Horror books, I grew up reading those, snuggled under my duvet by torch light. Then I began to read Stephen King and never looked back, he taught me it’s okay to be different, it’s okay to write about the darkness and disturb the reality around us. So, that’s exactly what I’ve done, created something different.
What about television shows? Movies? As with reading, I love watching television series and films. The old Alfred Hitchcock ones are some of my favourites. However I have to say that my two all-time favourite films are ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Beatlejuice’, which clearly explains my mindset
Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Kings book ‘On Writing’ helped quite a lot, its good to know that even the most famous of writers were once where I am today.
Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? My next plan is to have my book available through IngramSpark, so bookshops can find and purchase it. With all my fingers and toes crossed, once this happens I’ll happily attend signings and conventions.
If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? A blissful journey down the rabbit hole of darkened destruction.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Only to say that I am blessed to have such a wonderful family backing me. My Husband is the muse to my creations and my two little children amaze me with their new ideas and supportive cuddles. My eight year old has already started his own fantasy book, which is fantastic!