Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a South African writer who writes hot, humorous and heartfelt romance fiction. I’ve done a steamy African romance series for Ankara Press (two titles), as well as erotic romance for the City Nights Series by Tirgearr (one title, with sequel in press).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
One Night in Venice. Actually, it was inspired by watching the movie Unfaithful (which I recommend) at a time in my life when true sexual passion was lacking. I had this fantasy about a man who is sex-on-legs, and about being unable to resist him physically. It’s a force that changes your whole life. The rest, the love story and the suspenseful plot twists, spring from there. But at the heart is desire.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, I write in bed, but I don’t think that’s unusual! Yesterday I started my day with my feet in a hot soak of aromatherapy oils, under my desk while on my laptop. My feet were under the desk I mean, not me (that would truly be unusual). It was grand. Right now I’m listening to subliminal music for success on YouTube! Which is why this interview is going so well. But I can’t listen to music when I write; I can’t hear the book then, if you know what I mean 🙂
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a big Marian Keyes fan and am currently working my way through all her books, eight of which I own. I think Rachel’s Holiday and Anybody Out There are my favorites. I love light romance that tackles really heavy subjects like addiction and death! Can you believe it, I had never read her before I became a romance writer. Now I read her to switch off and zone when I’m not working on my own stuff. What a pleasure.
What are you working on now?
I’ve just finished One Night in Denpasar, the sequel to One Night in Venice. In fact, I’ll be submitting it to Tirgearr today. With all my books, characters from the first appear in the second, and so on. So there will be a One Night in Maputo. Can you guess which character I’m taking forward? Clue: black lace bustier. From One Night in Venice, Kate Pollock’s friend Ana Ortensia is the one to watch: Bali is her adventure.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m a big fan of Twitter, its immediacy. I like blogging too. I have a Love Blog which is all about living a love-filled life. As I’m a psychologist (and an actress, go figure) and a person in recovery, I do a lot of how-to-do-life-better stuff. We were born without the manual, you know? We all need some help.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Oh yes. Enjoy it. The more you love your work, and your characters, the more you’ll all fly. See my Love Blog on this.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just open the document.
What are you reading now?
Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes (of course).
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ll be blogging in the self-help field under a different name – but if you’re clever you’ll be able to make the links. Then I’ll be writing a book (that handbook we spoke of) aimed at young people needing some orientation as they hit their twenties – when, in my experience, the poo usually hits the fan. On the fiction front, I have two new manuscripts for Ankara, and a possible third publisher for more erotic romance. Watch this space.
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?
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron – I’ve read it twice, so I know I can do it over and over again.
My Marian Keyes box set. Yes, that’s cheating. But stranded is stranded and I can’t live without Ms Keyes.
I also loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Can I take the movie too? Haven’t seen it yet.
And Room by Emma Donoghue. So I can cry when I need to.