Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in a little market town in rural England, surrounded by hills and sheep, a couple of hours away from Bath. So far, I have written three series of clean, one hour read romances, each series with five stories in it. The CHRISTMAS ANGELS series and the LOVE MUSIC ENGLAND series are contemporary but the LOVE IN THE BEST CIRCLES series in set in Regency times. My latest series is called TANGLED TUDORS.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
RAIN AND SUN is the second clean, one hour read romance in my new series, TANGLED TUDORS. This combines my interest in both the Tudors and early music. I love to look at how differently people lived in the past and how that made them think and feel.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write two stories at a time, so that if I am having trouble resolving the action in one, I can carry on with the other one and give my subconscious time to get to work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I particularly like 19th century English authors, such as George Elliot but I also loved Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel.
What are you working on now?
The fourth story in my series of clean, one hour read romances, TANGLED TUDORS is called FAIR OF THE FOREST. In it, a young woman lives in poverty with her grandmother in a remote cottage on the edge of a wood. Yet someone manages to find them, a young nobleman who becomes separated from the rest of his party while chasing a deer.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have tried paid advertising on Amazon and not been impressed by the results. The most successful method of promotion that I have found is to list the first in a series as a free book on websites such as this one, so that readers will discover the series and hopefully wish to read the other four stories.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up too soon. It takes time to build up a readership. Promote your work on free sites at regular intervals and take the time to build up a following for your face book fan page, twitter account or blog.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write every day.
What are you reading now?
WINTER by ALI SMITH
What’s next for you as a writer?
One day in the future, I hope to write longer works. I particularly enjoy writing historical fiction.
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?
Easy! The Collected Works of Shakespeare, the King James Bible and a spiritual work to help me with the loneliness.