Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have lived most of my life in Kent, England but I’ve also lived in New Zealand and central Africa. Both had a lasting influence. Africa dragged my love of writing to the surface. Living some forty miles from the nearest tarmac road and seventy from anything pretending to be a bookshop, I soon ran out of bedtime stories for the children. Scribbling began.
On returning to England, fiction had to take a back seat as real life took over, you know the sort of thing – a proper job to keep feeding the mortgage and the growing family, and chores, chores and more chores. But a love of writing finally erupted into regular tap-tapping. I’ve written and read for the BBC and published short stories.
Finally, a little more time was found – four novels have been completed, and more are in the pipeline. The first book to be published was Hide in Time, a time travel romance. The second novel, One Dark Night, was inspired by the smugglers’ caves I visited as a child, and the third, Under a Dark Star, is a sequel set in the ‘diamond isle’ – the Isle of Wight – where one of my husband’s distant ancestors was a smuggler. The third in the trilogy (fourth book I’ve written) is called One Dark Soul. All include historical information and scenes based on fact.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called One Dark Soul. The inspiration was from watching how people can work hard, finally achieve a home and family and all looks good and then something comes along and wrecks it all.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do’t think I’m unusual at all. I also know that there are a lot of people who would not agree with that statement. So I don’t think I have any unusual writing habits!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I think the first book that influenced me was Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. I read this when I was quite young and I was totally ‘lost’ in it. Horrified to find out who was behind all the bad goings-on.
Another book that hit me hard was Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. How could an author end a book like that? I physically threw the book across the room (and I’m normally very careful with books).
What are you working on now?
I have just started a new book, I am on chapter two of the first draft and it is totally different from anything I have written before. That’s all I can say – it’s still in the oven cooking and I’ll tell you more when I see how it cooks.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I wish I knew!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you want to write a novel or a book of any kind, this is the best time in all history to do so. Scribble or tap away to your heart’s content. Enjoy writing it, enjoy polishing it and your joy will come through in your writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Make notes – inspiration strikes at odd times so always have a notebook and pen nearby.
What are you reading now?
I’m about to start a DCI Morton book by Sean and Daniel Campbell. It will take me ages to finish it because I devote as much time as possible to writing.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve just completed a little book of short stories and I am trying to make it free on Amazon without much success. So finding out how to do that is a job for the next few days.
It’s called One Stolen Kiss and Other Short Stories by Anna Faversham. If you see it at 0.99, you’ll know I failed to make it free.
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?
Aaargh… I can’t answer that!
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