Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an Australian-American author of numerous novels, most notably the popular, Afterlife Series, an Afterlife-based series that follows Penny Lane’s chaotic day to day life beyond her death.
I have published 32 books catering to both adult and young adult in content, with themes include death, romance, murder, time travel, history, the supernatural, and most of all, mystery.
I live with my husband and dogs in rural USA in a historical museum themed house and have a passion for history, antiques, animals and philanthropy.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Porcelain Bones. I think of various titles until something captures me but I do not have a particular process, rather whatever gravitates towards me best. I wanted a book that had all the elements I enjoy writing about; supernatural, murder mystery with an eerie gothic feel, a romance of two enigmatic fascinating individuals and the digging up of old secrets.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I always create the cover and title before I write the book. I write daily with coffee and pajamas and dogs at my feet as being an essential part of the process.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am uniquely not a reader (gasp). I am not influenced, I’m a bit of a lone wolf, rather glimpses of thoughts and ideas in biographies or documentaries or things I have seen in real life are usually what instigates my investigation.
What are you working on now?
The Antiquarian. A middle aged man in the 40s looks back on his youth and how an accident propelled him into seeing and experiencing glimpses of those that bring their antique items into his shop.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My marketing is in its infancy. I had hoped writing something magical and addictive was enough but alas, that is not the case. I must lead the horses to water and so I am still in the stages of seeing what works.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. If you don’t write you won’t finish. If you have doubt, write anyway. Share, help others, enjoy, keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Listen before you speak.
What are you reading now?
Whatever I am writing
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am doing more author fairs and trying to get more exposure as a writer. I have been considering making short videos discussing my books. I am trying to gain more reviews (the holy grail yes I know).
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?
You can heal yourself (Louise Hay). Probably a couple of my own that are favorites (The Mourning Storm, The Porcelain Bones and Mysterious Encounters of a 40s Phone Operator).