I grew up in the seaside suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia with a love of books, and always wanted to write. My career has included publication of travel articles and short stories, as well as popular fiction. I previously worked in real estate and building, as an office manager, and finally as a natural beauty therapist, running my own natural therapy business with husband Peter for many years.
I just want to write good stories, stories you can lose yourself in, with real characters you can love – or hate – that will keep you engrossed to the end.
What inspires you to write?
Very often it is a place that will inspire me.For instance it was while caravanning in far north Queensland that I conceived the idea for my first novel, ‘Inheritance’, a romance/mystery/ adventure set in the beautiful tropical rainforests of the area and the Great Barrier Reef. Then, when I settled in the mid-north coast of NSW a love of history prompted me to research the past of that area, and the conditions for women in the nineteenth century, when women had few rights and were dominated by the men of the time. This provoked me to write An Independent Woman, the first novel in the Redwoods series, which chronicles the life and passions of Kitty Morland, a woman of the era, and the second book in the series, ‘A Liberated Woman’ which continues her story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am definitely a seat of the pants writer. I start out with an idea, a place and a main character who is just beginning to form in my head. She ( my main character is always a woman) takes shape and becomes a real woman. Then she finds herself in a situation, other characters enter her life and then the story begins to flow.
And this is when it finds its way onto the page, firstly as a draft and then through editing and what may be several re-writes, to the finished book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes. Always. My characters take over the writing process. I see them in the scene I am writing and hear them speak. they are real people and they drive the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
When you get an idea sit down and write. It doesn’t matter that you may pull it to pieces and change it around later, the main thing is to get the story down.
And never give up. There will be times when you think you have lost it, that you can’t continue, but hang in there. It WILL come back. The story will continue to evolve. Persistence is one of the main necessities for a writer. And do have your work edited by a professional editor, nothing is as off-putting for a reader as finding typos and poor formatting in a book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It wasn’t a hard decision. It is extremely difficult to be published in the traditional manner, and once I was sure that my work was as good as it could be, and had been reviewed by a professional editor, self publishing was the obvious answer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishing will continue, with an ever-growing emphasis on ebooks, as well as a continuing growth of self publishing.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Women’s fiction, romance and family sagas, historical and contemporary.
What formats are your books in?