Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a British self-published author of sexy romance novels.
I currently have four books out, and am slowly working on a fifth.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest published book is Rekindled Love.
I think it’s just inspired by life in general really. I started out trying to write about middle aged love (so many romances feature young people). But as I started to write I spent longer than planned on the first love.
So, Rekindled Love ended up being a life story of a lady called Sophie. We start with her first love, and journey along through births, deaths and marriage with her.
A real rollercoaster of emotions, and a touching love story!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I use a lot of British slang. And I use the word ‘yep’ quite often.
Apart from that? I don’t know really. I just write.
It’s not like I do so whilst performing headstands or anything ;-P
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The book which most influenced my life was ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway”.
It really taught me ‘whatever happens you can handle it’.
It even gave me courage to self-publish.
Other than that; Fifty Shades. Sorry!
it’s just when I read that I was really surprised at how bad it was. A rather arrogant inner voice rang in my head, “surely even I can write better than that!”, so I tried. I’m rather proud that someone has told me Dark Love (my BDSM romance novel) made EL James look like Enid Blyton!
What are you working on now?
A very tricky novel actually.
I’m writing about a girl who was sexually abused, and even a homosexual boy too.
But I’m writing to show how you can triumph trough adversity.
But it is a very sensitive subject and I’m trying to be very careful to get the balance right.
It is still a romance novel; just with a very troubled pair of people featured within it.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Goodreads adverts seem to have helped me.
And I love interacting on Facebook.
But I think it differs from author to author. We all have to find whichever method/site suits us best.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t do it!!
No, I’m kidding. Sorry – have I warned you of my warped sense of humour?
Best advice; write because you love it. It’s great if you can make money from it, but really don’t expect it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
See above really.
That, or never eat yellow snow. ;-P
Oh; my favourite… don’t put your umbrella up until it rains.
(stop worrying about something that’s not happened yet)
What are you reading now?
Goodnight and Thanks for the Vodka! By Harpie.
A rather depressing diary tome, but entertaining nonetheless.
It’s written by a fellow indie; I do try to support others by reading and reviewing.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Best seller?? ;-P
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?
1) Jane Eyre – don’t know why; I think I know it off by heart.
2) How to Survive (type book) – I have no survival skills, so a whole book of them would be good
3) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – maybe it could help attract a passing Vogon ship??
4) Something very large so I could use it for shade etc. too ;-P