Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
A British author, born, bred, and still living in the North East of England. Until this time last year, I worked at the corporate lifestyle as a Buyer with a pan European print manufacturer. Things changed, and I decided to leave. Since December 2016 I’ve worked at home doing what I love … writing. As a relative late-comer to writing, I started in 2015 when a germ of an idea took root. By December 2015 I’d written a trilogy. I’ve learned a lot about writing since then, and those early books have been re-written but the idea for the story hasn’t changed. The series is now a pentalogy and it’s called the Definition series.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I launched Definition of Flawed at the beginning of November. This was a late addition to the series and sets the scene for the books that follow. I decided to write Flawed because it’s the backstory that can only be referred to in the other books. It tells the reader about the characters, and how events that happened in Flawed shape their characters.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wish I could say I did, but I don’t think I do. I get up, do chores, then open the laptop lid and write!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There is one book that influenced me. It was a cougar book, and it was about a woman who had an affair with her son’s best friend; a guy half her age. That book determined my fate. I remember finishing it, and the idea for my first book slipped into my mind. I thought about it, fleshed it out, and started writing that same night.
What are you working on now?
Editing book two – Definition of Craving.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Since I am just a new author, I am still discovering what works and what doesn’t. I have found Instafreebie to be a fantastic promotional tool, though.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes – considering I was in that position three short weeks ago, this is what I’d recommend you do.
(a) If you are close to publishing, and going through final edits, take time out to open your Amazon account. I left everything until the last minute, and it was chaos for me.
(b) Open an Instafreebie account BUT don’t do it until you’ve published on Amazon or wherever. As soon as you register, your free trial starts. You don’t want to lose your free trial days.
(c) Open a Book Funnel account. I have been sending out free copies of my book to reviewers, and doing it via BF. It’s clean, professional and looks good.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Start building your email list before you launch.
I didn’t do this because I was too involved with writing/editing, etc. I also wondered how I would attract people to my email list when I had nothing to offer. I’m doing it now but if only I’d been more tenacious before I launched, I would’ve had more people to tell!
What are you reading now?
Nikki Landis – Fallen from Grace
What’s next for you as a writer?
Publish the Definition series, then build on it with characters mentioned throughout. I have at least three books planned in my head, I just don’t have the time to write it all down!
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?
Anything by Bear Grylls
Anything by J R Ward
Anything by Jane Harvey Berrick
Anything by Willow Aster