I love to read and do it every chance I get, it’s how I escape the stress of every day life. I come from a performing arts background with over 10 years acting experience. I have worked as a Producer working on various film projects before going on to set up my own production company. With experience of both production and post –production processes, I am a trained Editor and have also written and produced several short films scripts. In 2010 took a step back from producing realizing that my passion was for writing. I now spend my my days looking after a crazy toddler and coming up with imaginative stories where I can escape everyday life. I love my life but I do enjoy retreating into a book i’m reading or a story i’m writing. Originally from England, after a few years of travelling the world I moved to Ireland where I currently live with my partner, young daughter and pet rabbit.
What inspires you to write?
Everything inspires me. I take my daughter for a walk along a canal sometimes and the people we pass occasionally inspire a character idea. I might then spend the rest of the walk coming up with a story for that character. Other times i’m inspired by my vivid dreams. That’s why its always good to keep an open mind as you never know where a good story idea will come from.
Tell us about your writing process.
Sometimes I have an outline and other times it’s seat of my pants writing. It just depends on the story but I always write in layers. Usually the dialogue is the first layer as it comes to me first and then once I have it all down I go over it and add the next layer which would be how the characters feel about what has been said. Then the next layer is their reactions to it. There are a few more layers but that is just an example of how I write. It’s just my way of seeing the whole picture and getting it out of my head.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If i’m writing a conversation between two characters I might talk out loud as one of the characters to make sure the reactions seem right. It’s one thing to write a conversation and another to make it sound natural.
What advice would you give other writers?
Once you finish writing and editing your masterpiece, leave it for for a few months before you read it again. You will see so many things in different ways. When I finished my novel I thought it was epic but I was given the advice to put it away for a while. I left it for six months and then went back to edit it again. I then had a baby so another few months went by before I had a chance to read and edit it again. I ended up changing the ending and making it a much better and stronger book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided not to choose between them and instead go down both avenues. My novel is with publishers right now and I self published my novella. For me it’s always been about getting my work out there and read by others so I’ve never really been bothered about the how it gets out there as long as it is out there. We spend so much time creating our stories they become our (other) babies. I would advise new authors to go with their gut and do what feels right for them and their book babies. Don’t be forced into doing something with your work that you don’t feel 100% comfortable with just because someone else tells you it’s a bad idea.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be books published by regular publishing houses but I think self publishing is a great thing because a lot of talented and over looked author are getting their voices heard. I have discovered some great books and authors who would not have crossed my path if not for self publishing. Hopefully others will discover my work the same way.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
paranormal romance, Contemporary, chick lit,
What formats are your books in?