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?
Thank you for having me! I love to catch up with friends, lose myself in a good book – or 3, walk our dog, (as well as all that boring stuff like housework…to be avoided as much as possible) – travel, oh and discovering great coffee spots!
When did you start writing?
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
Oh, I wish – no not specifically, but for the majority of settings in any of my books, I have previously visited all of them at least once.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
The first time someone told me they loved my book. That another person enjoyed the story I had created, that I have poured my heart into, was as though all my Christmases had come at once.
What is your favorite part about writing Regency romance and what is your least favorite?
Hmmm, tough question! I think my favourite part is ensuring everything about my characters fits into the time period. How they think and speak, social conventions, etiquette, fashions, communications and transportation. It’s a challenge but so much fun.
I don’t actually have a least favourite, although it can be hard remembering my characters wouldn’t use much of the slang we use, like ‘okay,’ and they don’t have electricity, mobile phones, cars, the Internet and all those other things we take for granted.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Rome. Rome is where my heart is, even if my book wasn’t set there, the city inspires me. It’s vibrancy, its colour, its history – I swear it’s my muse!
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Write (I know – sad really…)!
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
Australia maybe, I live here so I probably should!
Why was writing A Love Unquenchable so important to you?
Mainly it was to give my two main characters their own story so they would stop pestering me. Jessica, my heroine, had been bugging me since she first appeared in my previous Regency. Maybe also because of the subject matter, which is something I have a little experience of. No, I don’t suffer from battle trauma – which is an underlying theme in the book – but I do have PTSD. It manifested many years ago and, although rarely affects me now, I believe it gave me an appreciation of the difficulties those who suffer from it, struggle with every day. Also, that there is always hope.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
In the shower…I have no clue why, but they just pop into my head. Maybe it’s because it’s the only time my mind isn’t concentrating on other things. What I need is a waterproof notebook!!!
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 finishing two novellas and am part way through three full-length novels. The novellas are part of anthologies due out next year, and the three books are a fifth Regency, an ancient historical fiction, and a second contemporary romance – *clutches head* there’s just not enough time in a day really!
As for releases, I am excited to be a contributing writer in two anthologies due out very soon. Once Upon A Love, and Tales for the Season are due out at the end of this month and Christmas 2017 respectively. I feel honoured and very lucky to be part of them along with such talented authors.
Part II This or that?
Q: Coffee or Soda? Coffee
Q: Sausage or Bacon? Sausage
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy? Comedy
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift? Flowers
Q: Winter or Summer? Winter
Q: Salad or Soup? Salad
Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean?? Lake
Q: One long vacation or several short mini vacations? One long vacation
Q: Rock or Country music? Country