Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an historical fiction writer living in Essex, in the UK. I have over thirty books published since 2005. Twenty four traditionally published, six with an e-book only publisher and four indie-published. I writte Regency romantic adventures, WW2 fiction and Vicotrian fmaily sagas. I’ve also written on YA fantasy.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book -that’s a hard question. My most recent to be published on Kindle is ‘A House Party’, but this is form my extensive backlist. My latest paperbacks are Hannah’s War & Barbara’s War – they are also on KDP. These are both new books and had not been published before.
My inspiration for both the WW2 books was my father and step-father – to whom Hannah’s War is dedicated. My inspiration for writing historical fiction instead is my love of reading it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write with Dragon voice recognition – and tell myself the stories instead of planning on paper.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Georgette Heyer started me off in my early teens and then all the great classics followed such as Jane Austen, Bronte sisters, Dickens et al. Bernard Cornwall, Dorothy Dunnet & Sharon Penman are also favourites.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing ‘Eliza’s War’ which is set in Essex and based around my husband’s childhood there. The heroine, Eliza, is a war widow with a farm and two boys. Her in-laws try to take the farm from her when she becomes involved with an Italian POW. There will be plenty of drama as doodlebugs dropped in this area with frightening frequency.
I’m also editing another Regency from my back list – now entiteld ‘A Runaway Bride.’
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use facebook and my facebook author page. I also mention blogs/books etc on various writers/reader forums. KDP free promtions used to be wonderful but don’t seem to work as well nowadays so I’ve given them up for the moment.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you read.
Write for yourself but with your reader in mind.
Don’t jump on any bandwagons -they will have gone by the time your book is ready.
If indie-publishing get your book edited, proof read and have a great cover.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write what you read.
Don’t write for the money -but don’t write for nothing.
What are you reading now?
Lee Child thriller -re-reading it actually.
Wartime Britain by Juliet Gardiner.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve the second part of Barbara’s War to write this year – also two more Regencies to put on KDP. I”ve also Victoria’s WAr -two parts -to give a final polish to.
My aim is to continue to grow my readership on Amazon – I love seeing my sales mvoing into the tens of thousands.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Lymond series by Dorothy Dunnet.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
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