Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I did a Creative Writing and English Language degree at University and promptly when straight into work and didn’t pick up a pen and paper, or rather fingers to keyboard until thirteen years later! Life was lived, kids were had, and then when my youngest went to school I suddenly had precious time on my hands and decided to write my first book. A couple years later, here I am.
If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I still work part-time as I’ve not got to a point where I can safely work full-time as an author. So, I imagine I’d be doing the same thing – working in a school 😊
Does your family support your career as a writer?
This is a tricky question to answer… Let me explain, a career in writing isn’t just sitting down and writing a story. It’s hours of marketing, networking, talking with readers and authors. It’s damn hard work and does take a lot of time. It’s hard to juggle being a mum, wife, writer and still work but I’m learning to get there! It’s a learning curve for both me and my family. We all have to adjust.
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift. 100%. I love that I can breathe life into a story. I just wish I could write fast enough to get them all out! So many stories, so little time!
What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
At school. I imagine everyone has experienced some form of bullying in their life. Words have the power to lift people up and bring them down. It was then I realized that words are incredibly powerful.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I write the stories in my head. I don’t really have the best marketing brain. I’m sure that many authors write to market and do so successfully, but for me I need to get out the story that wants to be heard. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
The most difficult of the artistic process for me is feeling relaxed enough, and in the moment, to write. Other life things take up my attention and make it extremely hard to then switch off and turn my writers brain on. That can be really difficult.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Most of my books are fantastical, so I can really just go with my imagination. At the moment I am co-writing a series with another author and we are basing the story on Dante’s Inferno, so research is needed there.
Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My main series at the moment is the Sisters of Hex series. This is a paranormal / fantasy series based between Earth and the hidden realm of Ever Vale with a whole host of supernatural creatures. When finished there will be fifteen books in total, divided up into five stand-alone series. The trilogies are interconnected but can be read alone and out of sequence. I’ve already finished the first trilogy about the first ‘sister of hex’ Accacia and the vampires of Clan Lux which is available in Kindle Unlimited. Now I’m currently working on Fern and the Angels of Death from Clan Vitae. Fern’s Decision (book one is out now) and I am working on Fern’s Wings – book two of her trilogy.
What was your hardest scene to write?
In Fern’s Wings there is a scene where one of the Dark Angels, Gabe takes the life of a newborn baby. It is a very dark scene, and as a mother, incredibly difficult to write. I cried the whole time, but it was a necessary part of the story to explain just how dark the angels have to be in order to survive, even though taking life goes against everything they once were before they were cursed.
Do your characters talk to you?
Yes! I have one now, a character in an upcoming trilogy I hope to start writing next month that won’t be quiet. She wants to be heard and it’s hard ignoring her whilst I concentrate on the current WIP!
Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I have a basic idea of where I want the story to go. So, with the Sisters of Hex series I know loosely what should happen in each. However, more often than not the characters voices will take over and the story will take a surprise turn that will make it so much better than I expect! Of course, sometimes the opposite is true and I have to cut scenes that just don’t work!
What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Queen Adrielle in my Sisters of Hex series. She is evil. I don’t like evil (although in a story a great antagonist is a must). Lorna, in my contemporary RH series is a wicked woman (mother to my FMC, Louisa). She’s a terrible mother, a drunk and someone I would dislike instantly in life.
What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
I’ve no clear idea. This woman is a crazy cat lady most likely.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I do! Although it’s quite possible that either they’re not that secret and people have already figured stuff out, or too secret that no one will ever pick it up. I don’t know which, as no one has commented yet!
What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
My soul? Devil, are you around? No, seriously, I could happily give up red wine and haribos. They are my favourite thing ever. I’d give them up in a heartbeat. I could live with that… I think.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Honestly, it depends on the scene and how quickly I can write it. Sometimes, I’m fist pumping and going ‘yeah, that was awesome.’ Other times I’m a so exhausted and frustrated I have to turn the computer off and go do something else.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Stress. If I’m stressed about anything, kids, work, family stuff writing goes out of the window and the muse runs off screaming. I’m the best writer when I am relaxed with a mind free from stress! I guess that works for most jobs.
18. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes. Good ones, I jump around and do a mum dance. Bad ones, I cry a little. If they are constructive reviews, I take on the information and try to improve my writing. If I’m getting slated, what can I say I cry, then I get over it, and re-read the good ones to cheer me up!
Do you Google yourself?
I did once, it wasn’t very interesting, lol!
What’s the best way to market your books?
If I knew the answer to that I’d be a rich woman! Seriously though marketing is HARD. I do my best to converse with my readers in my Facebook group and on Social Media. Budget is a big issue for me… At the moment I don’t have as much money to throw at advertising my books, so I have to do everything I can to remain relevant by partaking in takeovers, talking about my book in genre specific groups and such.
How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
Less than I should. I still haven’t figured out how to balance it all frankly! It’s hard to know what to do for the best…. Write the books to get them out there, or market them so the readers out there can find them!
What do your fans mean to you?
I’m not sure I can call them fans… lol! But my readers mean the world to me. I write what I do for them. I have a few who’ve stuck with me from the beginning and cheer lead me. Without their support and belief in me as a writer. I would have probably given up a long time ago
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Trying to be like someone else. Trying to write all the words like other authors to push out books fast. I fell fowl to that and almost burned out. I’ve decided that I need to give myself a break. That I can only write a set amount each day and that that’s okay. I take my hat off to those authors who can write a gazillion words a day, but I’m not one of them. Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up if you can only write a certain amounts of words a day. Get your own rhythm, in the long run it will be better for you.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
HURT. Most definitely. Stay humble. Be grateful for what you’ve achieved and never forget the people who’ve helped you to get where you’ve got. Success is often built on assistance from lots of people. This business is fickle, success one day does not necessarily mean success the next. Remember those who helped get you there, because they will be the people who will support you if it doesn’t work out.
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Michael Flately from Feet of Flames. I worked for Polygram (now Universal) when I was in my twenties and he was one of our clients. He took our team at the time out to a post restaurant.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
Laura Greenwood, Arizona Tape, Skye MacKinnon and Sariah Skye are my closest friends. They are all so driven and creative, kind and supportive. They make the difficult parts of writing easier. I’m so happy to have them in my life.
Read any good books lately?
Pepper Winters is my go to. Ava Mason (another awesome author) recommended her Dollars series and I’ve read all of her books now. She is not an RH author but she her writing is so special. She is definitely my idol!
Do you ever sleep?
Sleep? What’s that?
What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
I like a bit in between. Too slow and I lose interest… to hot to quick and I’m like where’s the build up? I think I write to my preference too.
Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
CM Stunich broke my RH cherry, so I have to give her a shout out! Her Groupie series is one of my all time favorites. Right now there are so many awesome RH writers. I have to say though, that even though they are my friends and you may think I am being biased I generally think the following authors books are incredible and deserve a read:
Laura Greenwood – Saving Eira
Skye Mackinnon – Winter Princess
Arizona Tape – Danny’s Dance
Sariah Skye – Invisible
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