Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been writing since I was seven years-old and had home tuition following open heart surgery. I’ve had many jobs over the years from a film and TV Supporting Artist (appearing in Vanity Fair, King Arthur and The Duchess) to a Team Manager at NHS Direct but I’ve always written. Since having my son in February 2014 and returning to work I’m focusing on being a freelance writer and author. I’ve had fiction and articles published in The London Magazine and New Welsh Review amongst others and have written for easyjet.com and lastminute.com. I have a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where I’ve also taught the Lifewriting course to Creative Writing undergraduates. I’ve written two novels, published one and am halfway through writing another two.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Butterfly Storm is my debut novel. It was time spent in Greece and on the wild and beautiful north Norfolk coast in England that inspired the novel. Place always plays an important role in my writing and is often the trigger of an idea for a story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really unusual but I do like writing in a cafe with the buzz of people chatting around me. Despite the noise I find I can really focus on writing!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Kate Mosse, Joanne Harris (her descriptions and settings), The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River are amongst my favourite authors and books. Growing up I loved reading anything by Roald Dahl and I devoured the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.
What are you working on now?
A contemporary women’s fiction novel with the working title of Beneath the Apple Blossom. Told from the point of view of four women it deals with infertility and infidelity, love and friendship.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve found a handful of carefully placed paid promotions has always given a decent boost to my book sales. For UK visibility bookhippo.uk has been great.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing and edit, edit, edit. The other key thing is to not give up and don’t rush getting a book published, instead spend time making it the best it can be – that time will pay off in the end.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If you’re enjoying what you’re writing then your readers will too.
What are you reading now?
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To finish and publish my next women’s fiction novel before finishing the children’s time travel adventure trilogy I’m halfway through writing.
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 one I’m reading now (A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin) because I’m desperate to get to the end but haven’t had much time to read recently. The Hunger Games (the whole trilogy if I’m allowed) for its readability and The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks because it’s a book I love going back to time and time again.