Hi I’m a health loving, comedy author, mother and holistic therapist. I live in the English countryside and enjoy growing my own food. I love reading, watching action & adventure movies, going to the theatre, yoga and generally having fun.
Walking my friend’s beautiful golden retriever dog, Rover, provided the inspiration for the Ruff Life series. The series currently has eight books at various stages of production; books 2 to 5 are due to be released shortly.
What inspires you to write?
I love the characters in the Ruff Life series, they are so flamboyant and funny that it is a real joy to continue writing about them and creating wacky story lines that children enjoy.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have tried writing by ‘the seat of my pants’ but it takes me much longer to produce a story that I’m satisfied with. I find that I end up having to re-write the plots 3 or 4 times before I am happy with the result. When I do a detailed pen and paper outline of the novel, my writing is much more fluid and I come up with far more creative story lines.
I know my characters inside out and once I have a rough outline of the way the chapter needs to go the character sketches seem to naturally flow during the writing process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters at all but I can clearly see them and their actions in my mind as I write the book; the whole process is a very visual and real experience.
What advice would you give other writers?
Take time to create detailed character profiles. Get to know your characters like they were your friends; you need to know what they will do in any situation. Good character creation is a sure way to create a great book that people can associate with. Even my crazy anamorphic characters Max and Bella appeal to different age groups because they have human qualities that other people can see in themselves.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Cost was one of the major factors in deciding to self publish. The other main factor was that not only am I publishing books, there is also a Ruff Life website currently being built, this will promote additional ruff life products and there is also an ‘It’s A Ruff Life’ blog, so self publishing seemed the only logical choice to keep a handle on everything.
If you are concentrating just on book publishing then look at all options especially if you don’t know how to format your books into the mobi or epub formats.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think a lot of new authors will opt for self publishing as
1) it provides the opportunity to test out the waters without it being too financially debilitating.
2) you are not dependent on someone else saying if your book is good enough or not – let your potential readers tell you what they think.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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