What inspires you to write?
Ordinary people with extraordinary emotions. I’m always astonished in good and bad ways by the depth of generosity of spirit I witness and the opposite!
Tell us about your writing process.
I start thinking about a character I want to write about – say, a controlling mother, a people-pleasing woman or a mother who wants her kids to do better than she has and then I think about a situation full of conflict in which I can let her grow. I work out how the novel begins, how it ends and twenty things that happen in between.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them exactly but they are so real in my mind, I feel as though I eat breakfast with them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn your craft and then network. If you are serious about getting published, take online courses about writing, go to festivals, attend workshops, hook up with other writers, meet agents, get known on Twitter.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My husband told me to get a job as a shepherd after my last rejection. I began to give the sheep on the hill the evil eye and decided I was better suited to writing even if it meant self-publishing. It was the best thing I could have done as I got lots of good reviews and have a mainstream publisher currently interested in taking The Class Ceiling into paperback.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m not sure…I think the self-published market might reach saturation point because anyone/everyone can do it and it will become increasingly difficult to get your head above the parapet.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?