Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up in England and have lived in California for twenty years. I love being able to experience the joys of both cultures. I have published four cozy mysteries and one non-fiction book. I have several more cozies in the process of being published.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Murder in the Mansion is set in Cornwall and is inspired by my family vacations there as a child in the 1970s. I loved staying on a farm, running free, drinking still-warm milk from cows, going out with the fishing boats and eating the mackerel that we caught for dinner in the evening. Happy days.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My habit is to work every day, rain or shine, holiday or no. I sit a LOT and a friend told me she’d read somewhere that we should get up 32 times in the course of a day. I have a pile of paper clips on one side of my desk and every time I get up, I move one to the other side.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Kate Atkinson, Minette Walters, Agatha Christie, Robert Galbraith, Anne Cleeves, the list is endless.
What are you working on now?
I am editing Body in the Woods, the third book in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon series, The Case of the Hidden Flame (Book 2 in the Inspector David Graham series) and Snatched (Book 2 in the Diana Hunter Mysteries)
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use perma free books and Facebook ads, plus submission to sites like yours.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Make building an email list your main priority after writing your books.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
When you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill
What are you reading now?
A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep writing books in my three series and engaging with my lovely readers.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, Emma by Jane Austen, something by Robert Galbraith.