Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I became a writer because of a twist of fate that happened after university. My mom needed me to stay home and I needed a creative project to work on … Cut to three years later and I published my debut novel, Draken, and created the Southern Fire series. I was at a bit of a loose end after that, but then I had one of those magical ‘ping’ moments where a book just blossoms in your mind and it demands to be put on paper. So … I did. I wrote ‘A Kingdom of Exiles’ and published that a year later. I realized as I was writing it that these two series’ were actually connected, like two puzzle pieces that didn’t make sense on their own.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
A Kingdom of Exiles is my latest book. As for what inspired it … after I finished writing my first book I was burned out. So, I started to read A LOT. And the world of Aldar and the main characters from AKOE just came to life, like the outline of a drawing being colored in, it just appeared from all the things I loved about faerie books.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a night owl. I tend to work from 1am to 9am … and I drink a lot of caffeine!
What are you working on now?
The sequel to A Kingdom of Exiles and to Draken!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Most definitely Amazon itself.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Try. That’s it. I knew someone once who had that tattooed on their wrist and ever since then, I’ve thought it’s one of the best words in the English language.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best general advice I got was from a close friend (not a writer), who said, ‘Screw everyone else, if you’re going to do something for the love of it, then write your damn heart out.’
What are you reading now?
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon.
Discovery of Witches (again) by Deborah Harkness.
Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Sky’s the limit!
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 Lord of the Rings.
Can I cheat and bring the whole boxset of A Song of Ice and Fire?
A Kingdom of Exiles … I know it’s lame to bring your own book, but if I’m on a desert island it’d be good for remembering who I am and what I’m fighting for.