I’m an expat Brit who lives on the Costa del Sol in Spain. I live with my husband and two dogs near the beach. I’ve a BA Hons degree in English and Education and have worked in PR, communications and edited a large corporate newspaper. I’m very lucky to have a writing group nearby which I’ve been attending for four years now.
What inspires you to write?
I started off, like a lot of writers, by writing what I wanted to read. And that was crime novels. Using the old adage of ‘write what you know’ Sgt Major Crane was born out of my husband’s 22 year’s service in the British Army. We set the books in Aldershot – The Home of the British Army. I am very humbled that the Crane novels are now being enjoyed all over the world, sometimes to critical acclaim.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m definitely an outliner. Because I write mysteries and thrillers, I need to know what the ending is, so I firstly do a story arc, then I split it down into chapters noting what has to be achieved in each one. But then when I write that chapter I let my characters show me how they will deal with that part of the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them. It’s a bit like watching tv or reading a book. I write now what I see happening in my mind’s eye.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write and keep writing and learn your craft. Either from writing books, writing groups or tutors.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was originally self published and then got picked up by Endeavour Press, a digital publisher in the UK. Whilst there are pros and cons for each way, I am glad I took up the offer with Endeavour Press. It was very difficult for me to let go of the control self publishing gives you, but they work very hard for me and have opened doors that would over wise have been shut.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think its safe to say that both digital and paper books will be around for a long time. There are huge opportunities now for authors with the self publishing route and its an exciting time to be part of it all.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Mystery, crime, thriller, military
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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