Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
My pleasure, thank you for the opportunity! I run a small part time weight loss business. I have a husband, two teenagers, some tropical fish, a degu, a tortoise and a (flying, talking, fire breathing) bearded dragon to look after. I cross stitch things that have no real use whilst watching too much television. If I had the time I would play the piano more and maybe make more candles. I love walking whilst listening to music or an audio book.
When did you start writing?
Has to be when I was about 8 when my dad produced a rather large notepad one summer and asked me keep a diary every day. It was a habit that was with me for at least the next ten years of my life. I got through a lot of paper!
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I blogged for a few years and was lucky enough to have a small following of people who said that my blog was the first thing they read when they arrived at the office. Several of them said I should write a book. When I did, firstly I was pleased it sold a few copies, but what was gratifying was the number of people who read it who told me they really enjoyed it. A few of them are even eagerly awaiting the second book. I wasn’t expecting that.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
I’m sitting on the sofa in February in SE England at this point and my toes are cold, I think I’d go anywhere warmer. Or Hogwarts. With a quill. I’d quite like that.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Oh that would be amazing. I could get all the chores done meaning that I could then relax and have time to do something frivolous like cross stitch. Or maybe dig the piano out from under the pile of business stuff that makes it inaccessible.
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
I would like to have to confidence to set something in our modern day world. I write in a futuristic fictional world so no-one can point the finger and tell me “it doesn’t work like that”
Back to your present book, Modified: Lunar Medical book 1, how did you publish it?
Modified has been self-published as an ebook on Amazon and also on iBooks. I am contemplating producing the paperback version, just as soon as I find those extra four hours in a day!
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
No, no travelling required, just a warped sense of humour, a slippery grip on reality and whatever research might be deemed necessary to write erotica!
Why was writing Modified so important to you?
That is a very good question and the answer is bullying. All through my school life I was bullied because I was “the fat kid.” According to the classic conditioning of my childhood I was not supposed to amount to much romantically. To coin an overheard phrase from a parent back then I was supposed to be “left on the shelf.” I’ve written erotica to prove them all wrong on the understanding that in order to write it I must have at least some experience and therefore have not turned into the 45 year old virgin that I was destined to be. Or in short it’s me sticking my middle finger up to the bullies!
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
I was quite withdrawn as a child and cultivated an awesome imagination. I am constantly day dreaming scenes that may or may not make it into future books. I also appear to have the ability to make random links between things which can then turn into quite good story lines.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.
I’m currently being very nicely pestered for the book that follows Modified, which I’ll probably call Nate and Day after two of the main characters. After that I’m wondering if the people waiting for book two will be ready for Blue Lights which is male/male erotica about a cop and a medic. It’s set in a future world with flying cars that I really had hoped we’d have by now!
These are the super fun get to know the author questions. This? Or That?
Q: Coffee or Soda? Coffee intravenously if possible.
Q: Sausage or Bacon? Bacon
Q: Exercise in a gym or at home? Home
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy? Action movie
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift? Both I’m greedy