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Last Week: He’s a dead man
Prompted by: Stacey
Thank you for this interview!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing… that’s interesting lol. I’m always writing, plotting, or editing lol. If I happen not to be doing one of those things–which is rare, let me tell you–I’m probably spending time with my family, reading, or trying to catch up on some sleep..
When did you start writing?
Around 12/13 years old
Your book A Love Beyond Time was nominated for the Metamorph Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards. Can you tell me a little about that and how did you feel when you found out you were nominated?
It’s an awesome feeling to be recognized for something you did that you put your all into. Just being nominated alongside all those amazing authors is an accomplishment for me. I’m honored.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Somewhere on a deserted island so I could just write and write without any “real-life” interruptions lol.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Continue writing lol. I have four short story/novellas I need to finish in four months to be included in anthologies so the extra time would definitely help.
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
I’m thinking Paris or Rome in the future… maybe. Who knows?
Why was writing A Love Beyond Time so important to you?
It was the first fairy tale I’ve written; I love fairy tales. It was my first book to be published with my new publishers & I can’t wait for all my books to be re-released through them.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
A lot of time in the shower or when I’m in bed; It happens a lot. Not sure why lol.
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 in the middle of a holiday themed story for a Christmas anthology, but I won’t say anything more about that just yet.
I have another three projects that I will be working on as well. All I will say is that they are all for anthologies with other authors that I am really excited to be able to work with. They are all super amazing and I’m totally a fan of their work!
Part II This or That?
Q: Alpha male or Rockstar?
Q: Winter or Summer?
Winter – I love cuddling
Q: Salad or Soup?
Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean??
Q: Earthquake or Tornado?
Q: Bath or Shower?
Q: Coffee or Soda?
Q: Sausage or Bacon?
Q: Football or Baseball?
Q: Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise?
Q: One long vacation or several short mini vacations?
Short mini vacations
Q: Exercise in a gym or at home?
Q: Rock or Country music?
Q: Cruise or Resort?
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift?
Chocolate AND flowers lol
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy?
I live in West Yorkshire, although I’ve also lived in various parts of England. I have two children and five grandchildren. My various jobs have included working as a qualified nurse and I have also worked as a civil servant in the Prison Service. When my children were young I successfully completed an Open University B.A. degree studying psychology and sociology. I was a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association for four years and I’m now a member of ALLi (the Alliance of Independent Authors). As well as writing I love country walks and travelling abroad (I adore bus stations, railway stations, airports and ferry ports – any place where people are on the move).
Excerpt from Songbird (The Songbird Story, Book 1)
I wandered slowly round the paintings and portraits, studying each one. And then I came to a huge canvas and my heart nearly leapt out of my chest. It depicted the scene at a pit-head after a disaster, when a rescue was in progress. I glanced round the gallery and saw that two rows of chairs had been placed back-to-back in the middle of the room and I made myself comfortable. I scrutinised the painting. It was a bleak portrayal but so accurate. I could see the grime of the area, the large wheel, the wheelhouse and the buildings associated with a mine. A large group of figures surrounded the pit-head, the faces of the women pensive and strained, one girl clinging onto another, her hand over her mouth in horror. The men looked determined as they stood outside the lift, waiting to enter and be taken down to see what they could do. Their Davy lamps seemed to be the only bright part of the painting, small pinpoints of light in an otherwise dark and gloomy canvas.
“Which painting do you prefer, then?” His voice from behind me made me start.
I turned my head and gasped with surprise. “What are you doing here?”
He shrugged. “It’s a public building.”
“Have you been following me?”
“I saw you running into the gallery and decided I would like to get out of the rain too.”
“I don’t think we should be talking. Aren’t you worried about your reputation.”
Character wounds, most characters have them it’s part of their journey and development, plus it makes them and their story more interesting!