Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Lovely to meet you guys. I’m a wife, mother of three who lives in Cheshire, UK. I’ve been an international banker in emerging markets, interior designer and fitness instructor. From the age of four I’ve adored reading. My first story won a gold star when I was seven and that’s when it all began. Five years ago I decided to follow my dream to write a novel. My first book fell at the last hurdle, the Friday marketing meeting, with three publishers. At the time I was devastated, but out of heartache opportunity knocked. E-Publishing was taking off in the United States and I avidly followed the journey of Bella Andre and Gemma Halliday.
In April 2012 I self published my first book, a contemporary romance. To date it’s been downloaded over 250,000 times across thirty continents. Books two and three of the series are selling well and book four is due out at the end of the month. I also write a paranormal series. Book one is no #8in the paranormal witches & wizards category in Amazon.com. Book two is selling well and book three is due out in May.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Since I write in two categories, my recent contemporary romance is called Run Rosie Run, book three in The Ludlow Hall series.
My latest Paranormal is Dirty Little Secrets, book two of The Vampyre Legal Chronicles.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write very fast, get the story down. And then spend weeks editing, carving out the characters, the structure.
And I work on four or five books at a time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Without a doubt the late Georgette Heyer – the woman nails characters in a way few authors manage, even today.
JR Ward and Christine Feehan are my paranormal go to girls. Again, because they nail the characters.
What are you working on now?
Book four of The Ludlow series is in final edits, nearly ready to send out to my betas. I have two more to write in the series.
Book three of The Vampyre Legal Chronicles will be ready in four weeks.
I’ve a stand alone adventure romance I’m re-writing.
Another contemporary romance series, an off shoot from The Ludlow Series outlined.
And a big paranormal series that’s been in the works for four years coming next year, if I can settle down and get on with it. The world-building is a challenge since it’s set in a Paranormal urban future.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Kindle Books and tips run by Michael Gallagher. And Ebookbooster are excellent. Bookbub is expensive, I haven’t tried it yet, but most authors seem to do well there. I also have a street team, run by fans of my books. They’re amazing.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get three completed works under your belt before you launch book one. The buzz and excitement is such that it’s hard to work creatively. And for God’s sake do not spam readers. They hate it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
From the wonderful James Scott Bell. Ignore the five star reviews and ignore the one star reviews. In fact, ignore all reviews and keep writing.
What are you reading now?
JR Ward’s latest Black Dagger brotherhood novel. Nora Roberts, The Witness. And Dale Amedei’s The Anvil of The Craftsman – that’s going to be a movie – I predict!!
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep writing, to find readers and repeat!
What is your favorite book of all time?
War and Peace. And The Grand Sophy.