Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a full-time writer based in New Zealand. I have ghostwritten over 150 Wild West Mail Order Bride romances under a pseudonym and I have recently branched out on my own and under my own name. My first traditionally published book in my own name, Desire, was released to the US and Spanish markets in early November 2017. I have an upcoming US television interview to promote this book. I have published books within the romance, erotica, YA, non-fiction, and mystery genres.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Bella Cummings, Wild West Madam. I have written so many (clean) romance books written in the Californian gold rush era and I have a wealth of knowledge from my research. I started to think, “hang on a minute”….. these women who traveled West to meet husbands they’d never met couldn’t all have been nice girls who’d never had a romp in the hayshed before. Bella is based on the women who had to use everything they had in order to make a living out West (and from historical records, some of these women made a VERY successful living from selling what the men wanted).
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I write very fast and I only use the first two fingers and thumb of each hand. It’s very handy if I need to hold a pen in each hand as I type (sometimes I do need to do this, honest).
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Oh, I love Stephen King. And random authors who I can’t remember the names of (sorry). It’s generally because they only ever write one book 🙁
What are you working on now?
Fallen Angel, a spin-off from Bella Cummings, Wild West Madam. I liked her when I introduced her in Bella and I thought she deserved her own book and own voice.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I really like Bookfunnel. It has allowed me to build a newsletter subscriber list and I can use it to send a link to download one of my books to whomever I chose.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Listen to feedback, talk to both writers and readers, and ignore it all. Haha! No, pick out the bits that work for you but don’t let anyone get you down.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t listen to anyone else. It’s your life, they’re your goals, and you can do anything. Go for it.
What are you reading now?
The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson
What’s next for you as a writer?
The world is my oyster. I have a ton of plans and not enough hours in the day to implement them. And I need to finish at least two books in the next month.
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?
A big, fat stack of Stephen King’s books, including Misery and It and Cujo. And one more I’d pick at random just as the ship sunk beneath the waves.