Now married with two children of her own and about to head into the unknown world of ’40’, writing is her new passion.
Disconnected is her first novel of a two-part series – an emotional heart-wrenching story of Katie, burdened by a traumatic past and all she desperately wants is to look to the future but she does not know how.
What inspires you to write?
Reaching 40 next month has made me somewhat reflective of my life. I consider my children to be my biggest achievement in life but as they are gradually getting older I decided I needed to do something for me. After an emotional time last year, I just sat down one day and started writing. At the time I didn’t know where it was going, why I was doing it and if it would ever get finished. A long time ago, a teacher told me that everyone has one good story in them. I believe I have more than one but this is the start. I have been inspired by many authors and have read many books but my main inspiration was a need to feel achievement. Obviously I want people to enjoy this book but my sense of accomplishment will always far outway any reviews or royalties.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a total ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kind of girl. Once I started, I didn’t stop. After four months the book was finished. My husband had to put up with me debating where the story would go. I would make suggestions and he would tell me if it could work or not. I have a lot to thank him for.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
For me – I think I mould myself into one of the characters. None of the characters in the book are me or like me but I take on a kind of acting role and script it in my head before putting it on paper.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be patient and don’t be too hasty on getting your book out there. One of my biggest mistakes was just wanting to publish. I never had the book edited professionally and I did the cover myself. It lead to criticism on grammar, punctuation and sentence structure – fortunately, for most, the story won them over.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This has vast become a saturated market and most publishers will not even entertain ‘newbie’ writers. When I had completed Disconnected, I wanted to get it out there to find out peoples views. It is all very well your friends and family telling you it is good but I needed an unbiased opinion. The quickest way to get this was to self-publish. As I said above, my reasons for writing was for self achievement purpose. My advice to any new authors would be to question their reason for writing. If it is fame and fortune, then you will have to outlay on professionals to help you gain that. If, like me, it is for a sense of achievement then self-publish – you will get the honesty feedback you need.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Whether we like it or not we are a digital world now and therefore it is easier to ‘do-it-yourself’ and a lot more people are choosing this route. I think the future will see more and more ways to self publish in e-book and paperback formats and traditional publishers will be looking for the next big find within the ‘indie’ groups instead of being approached.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Romance, Suspense, Thriller
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print