I’m a Kiwi (New Zealander – not the flight-less bird or strange, hairy fruit!) writing stories of romance, fantasy and suspense. I’m a keen reader and love to relax with a good book when I’m not plotting murder and mayhem; or running around after my two children, rescued greyhound and husband. I love to hear from readers or writers alike, so feel free to drop me a line anytime.
What inspires you to write?
As a teen, I devoured books by authors such as LaVyrle Spencer (I still mourn the fact she has retired!), Nora Roberts, Linda Howard and Judith McNaught. I found it incredible that these amazing writers were able to make me feel so many different and powerful emotions, all because of their amazing talent with words. And then, I fell in love and experienced those emotions for real. Now that I’m a happily married mother, those heady days of that first attraction, the sizzle and urgent need for my significant other has softened into a deep abiding love. With my writing, I can relive those moments all over again and take my readers along for the ride. I hope to one day inspire others the same way my writer heroines did for me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I won’t lie, I’m an out-and-out pantser. I’m sure the whole process of writing a book would be much easier to write if I followed an outline, but its just not in me. I think most of the time it is because I’m too impatient. Actually, I told you I wouldn’t lie, didn’t I? Okay, here is the truth. I KNOW it is because I’m too impatient. I don’t WANT to do all the hard work of plotting and research. I want to get into the story NOW. I figure, if I write myself into a hole, I can do the plotting and research then. And I regret my impatience every single time! 🙂 A book usually starts for me with a single idea and grows from there. I may have heard a snippet of a story on the national news, or seen a photo of an interesting person or place, and my mind starts asking questions. Sometimes, like the case of my latest book, ‘Beyond the Shadows’, it is just a single trait of one of the characters that come to me first, and the story evolves from there. My hero, Nate is pragmatic. Life is black and white as far as he is concerned, and I wanted to see how he’d react if I threw him into a situation he had no experience with. It was a lot of fun watching him squirm.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. I wished they’d talk back to me though! When a scene is going well and flowing, it runs like a movie through my head. I can literally SEE my characters and what they’re doing. When a scene isn’t going so well, it is like pulling teeth. Painful and slow. This is generally the time I start cursing myself for not outlining the novel in the first place!
What advice would you give other writers?
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but dedicate a part of your day to writing of some form and stick to it. Writing is a habit and the more you do, the easier it gets.
Also, don’t let critique comments of your work stifle your creativity. It happened to me when I was young and impressionable and I was unable to write a single word for a couple of years. Its not a nice place to be in.
Be kind to yourself. Sometimes, life gets in the way, and that is okay, as long as you get back into the rhythm of writing as soon as your life gets back on track.
Keep having fun! That’s the main reason we write after all, because we can’t not.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m too much of a wuss to try self-publishing, but I admire the people who do, and who do it well. For me, I had no idea if I was actually any good at writing or not, (see the aforementioned not about bad critiquing!) so I decided the best way was to bite the bullet and send my work into a publisher. I’d heard about a call for submissions from a fellow writer friend who challenged me to write a story for them. For some reason known only to God, I took her up on the challenge, finished my story within a whisker of the closing date and sent it off. I was very lucky to get a lovely revision letter back in a couple of weeks. I followed their suggestions and improved it where I could and resent it. Another couple of weeks passed and I received the email that changed my life – not monetary-wise, but confidence-wise. Still, the BEST EMAIL EVER.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’re in a very exciting phase in the publishing world. Both authors and readers can only be excited about what is out there for them now. Books in electronic form will only get more popular because of price, access and saving trees! All win, win in my book. LOL.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Contemporary
What formats are your books in?