I love the feel on rain on my toes. Sunshine makes me happy, but I love getting caught out in rainstorms even more. I class myself as a wobbly vegetarian because I hate the taste of meat, but really, REALLY wish that wasn’t the case and one day I’m determined to find someone to hypnotize me into a burger loving maniac. My celebrity crush is Ian Mckellen, especially when he’s playing Gandalf, and I’ve recently developed a mad obsession with country music.
I love to read so much that sometimes I forget to sleep, and I love to write even more. I like strong, confrontational female characters who are just as capable, if not more so, in a fight as the guys. I have a weird love for villains.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. A feeling in a song, and random scene on TV, a stranger passing in the street, random stories I hear in real life. Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time
Tell us about your writing process.
I have my own way of doing things, which is probably confusing and way to OCD for others. I start off with the idea, which I write down in a simple paragraph. And then before fleshing that idea out, I like to do character profiles, because I feel once you get to know your characters the story really fleshes out around them. After that I write down my story outline, which usually ends up being between 10 and 20 pages of solid writing. Then I break it up into chapters, adding more details as I go. And that’s it. Of course, I constantly edit as I write the story, and then when finished I edit so many more times that I can probably recite the story word for word
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Are you kidding? My characters OWN my story. I often plan for things to go one way, but my characters end up taking me in a completely different direction. But that’s okay, that’s how I like it
What advice would you give other writers?
The obvious one is – to keep on writing. The more you write, the better you get. Also, connecting with other authors is a great idea, especially if they’re new authors like you. You can swap your work to read and review, plug each other. Accept helpful criticism – it will only make your writing better
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always loved writing, ever since I was a small girl, and though it was always something I wanted to pursue as a full time thing, the idea of it was always so daunting. But these days self publishing has been made so much easier. I saw all these other authors out there doing it and I thought, hey, why not man up and give it a go? And so I did
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have no idea. Having only self published myself, I can only give my opinion on that as opposed to the traditional ways of publishing.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Urban, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance, Action
What formats are your books in?