I was born and raised in The Netherlands, have travelled and lived in Norway, Wales, Ireland and currenlty residing in the UK with my partner, two small children, two dogs who have a love and hate relationship and a cat called Mathilda.
What inspires you to write?
My dreams bring me inspiration, idea’s, but the story itself needs to be told. I’m just a vessel, the story flows through me and I can hardly control it.
Tell us about your writing process.
After I get the main idea or plot, the characters need fleshing out; they start to speak to me. I sit down and write, words flow out of me, but the writing never stops. I write when I’m walking my dogs in the park, play with my children, do my gardening, eat dinner with my partner or am socialising with people. I do note things down if I get the chance.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I mainly listen to my characters, as it’s about them, not about me, although I suppose they are all different sides of me.
Stories are about people, not idea’s alone. Dialogue’s between characters come to me and I’m just the observer and write it down. I do ask questions to them if something needs clarifying and they answer which I use in the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing and let the inspiration come. Be an original as there is already too much out there which isn’t, such as vampire stories and regular fantasy with too many plots and too many charcters and world-building. Do we need a new Tolkien or C.S Lewis? They were great role models for us Fantasy writers and set the tone for us and cannot and don’t have to be matched. But that’s my opinion!
Find your own voice and don’t be afraid to write it down. Stop being a people’s pleaser. Yes, you need readers, but they’ll discover you if what you write is good and honest and you do your marketing.
Use beta-readers and editors and let them give you their opinion before publishing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As much as I love to write and read my own work, it gets a bit lonely and I think every writer likes his or her work to be appreciated. I wanted to remain full control, so it was a logical next step to chose to self-publish. Also you have more freedom in choosing your own graphic designer for your book cover and earn more royalties.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is the future and a good at that, but there is a lot of rubbish out there, self-published by people who think they can write because they know how to form a sentence. For readers it’s harder to find the better writers and for us authors it’s harder to get noticed.
Speaking of trying to find a needle in a hay-stack!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Lesbian,Romance, Spiritual, Heroic, Adventure
What formats are your books in?