I’m a freelance journalist based in London, England. I write for a variety of national newspapers and magazines and specialise in lifestyle features, real life and celebrity interviews from the world of music, television and film.
What inspires you to write?
Like many other writers, I have been writing my own stories ever since I was a child. Writing fiction is completely different from the work I do as a journalist and I love being able to be more creative and write from my imagination. I like telling a story with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. My debut novel is The Wronged Sons.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I have an idea, I start typing and get everything out of my system as soon as possible before I forget it! Then I go back to my work and edit it and re-write until I’m happy. Each chapter is written in separate Word documents and then I cut and paste everything together to formulate a story. It’s very disorganised but there’s nothing more satisfying than pasting everything together to create a full story. Then it’s re-write, re-write and re-write. I work better if I set myself time limits each day and I’m much more creative in the afternoon than in the morning!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Once I have a character in mind, I attach a face to them, then a body shape and then clothing. Once they are real (in my head) then I develop their personalities, quirks, flaws and how they might appeal to the reader.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. If you think your story is good enough, have faith in yourself. And once it’s complete, get as many people as possible to read it and offer their opinions. Keep and open mind when it comes to their advice – and take on board which bits you want to, and re-write accordingly.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I could have approached agents and publishers and waited a year to get a response, but I’m impatient and wanted to get my book The Wronged Sons out there as soon as possible. So I opted for placing it on the Kindle.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As people want things straight away, eBooks will become more and more popular. But there’s nothing like having a good old fashioned hardback in your hands and opening it for the first time.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Thriller, mystery, family
What formats are your books in?
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