Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
‘Bittersweet’ is my newly released novel, and I wrote it because I had something to say about this male attitude towards rape that so many young men seem to have. Back in 1872 there were indeed very hushed up reports of officers on leave who raped girls and only last year we h ad in our area a similar story of young men raping girls.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love writing the basic plots and ideas in beautiful notebooks with a fountain pen. Looks os much prettier than cold black type on the computer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
This is so difficult to answer because every writer I read influences me. Every book I read teaches me about writing, particularly dialogue, character building and marketing. Even books I do not enjoy teach me.
Perhaps the lovely language of the King James Bible and the original Anglican prayer book, Shakespeare and the Elizabethan writers, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and other poets are an influence too.
What are you working on now?
Trying to find the story behind a young woman and her mother who are nagging at my creative mind. Judging by costume they are 17thC but that could change!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
There are too many to name.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Please read, read, read before you write. And then please edit and pay an editor to copy edit and proof read before publishing anything. This digital age means work is available forever and it is hard to remove writing which makes you squirm with embarrassment because you did not edit well!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write for yourself then edit for the market.
What are you reading now?
The Foriegner series by C.J. Cherryh and some 17th century diaries and a hefty set of research notes on silver making.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully another few novels, several short stories, and getting my Tizzie filmed by Yorkshire TV. (Aren’t I hopeful?)
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?
The Bible, a complete Shakespeare, the Oxford Book of English Poetry, The Complete Elizabeth David cookbook and my favourite Terry Pratchett, ‘The Nightwatch’