Headcorn Primary School, Underhill Preparatory
School, Ashford School for Girls and Edinburgh Medical
School. She pursued training as a General Practitioner
in Aberdeen and Shetland before heading to Ecuador
in 2005. She is founder of the Christian Charity Project
Ecuador, a ministry that reaches out through health care,
child sponsorship, building projects and a sewing
What inspires you to write?
I love to write about the inspiring people I have met and places I have travelled to. I find the true stories of those around me to be more incredible than anything I could event, and want to give voice to those unable to speak up for themselves. I find living in a foreign culture and language a fascinnating one, and love to share the enriching ecperiences I have had.
Tell us about your writing process.
I jot down stories that people tell me, or I see happening as they happen over time so that I do not forget the wonerful people I have met. When writing a book I then organise these stories into themes and story lines to make a page turner of a book.
I write an outline of each chapter and fit in anecdotes and stories to fit the theme of each chapter. I make sure there are some stories that flow from one chapter to another to keep the reader hooked and weave this all into the main overall story line. I try to have a “villain” of the piece, some obstacle to be overcome to create tension.
I use a humble notebook to jot down my outlines, and then fill in the gaps with the anecdotes. From there on in I am a seat of the pants writer, writing the book directly onto my laptop. I do not stop to check it until I have finished, when I begin the editing process.
I find it helpful to have some friends read it through to point out typos, errors or parts that do not make sense.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Have some fellow writers or editors critique your work. Their suggestions can be invaluable.
Be true to yourself as you express your thoughts and ideas through your craft.
Be thorough in the editing process making sure it is not full of errors.
Have an overarching storyline and also some smaller ones weaving through the book to keep the readers turning the pages.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As a first time author it proved very difficult to find a traditional publisher willing to publish my book.
Self publishing had several advantages, in that it is fast, you remain in control and retain your rights.
I would advise you to try to invest as much as possible in marketting as that is what helps you sell your books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the book publishing market is inevitably heading towards more and more e-books and less print, but for now there are still a significant proportion of readers who prefer to read a paperback. This is especially so if your readers include the older generations and childrens picture books.
What genres do you write?
Memoir and children aged 4-8 years
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print