I don’t really have a favourite or favourites as per say, I am a very eclectic reader and will read anything that sounds intriguing. Growing up I read a lot of Jackie Collins and Danielle steel and I think it somehow merged to make me a writer somewhere in between their styles.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
As a mum, artist and business owner then all of the above. And of course the need to write! I love to be organised and productive so pretty much will jump out of bed to continue with the previous days creations.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Crafting, housewife duties, making YouTube videos or socialising. I do a lot of events and shows connected to my business so I’m never bored anyway.
How do you discover the eBooks you read?
I like to go both on recommendations from friends and also sometimes I will just browse the blurbs on Amazon. Depending on my mood can sway which genre I look up. I also like to look at charity book shops and find pretty books for my own shelves, I like gorgeous covers for the artistic aspect.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I am releasing it in a couple of weeks, rewritten and much more polished. After a 20 year gap the book was one I always wanted to redo and so I have done. It’s called Just Rose and is in the editing finalisation stage.
What is your writing process?
I am a speed writer, I will get a story in my head and mull it over for a few days or weeks, building the characters and plot in my mind before I sit down. Once I do I will rush write the whole book as fast as I can, I don’t ponder mistakes, grammar etc or even much description and usually end up with the bare bones. I’ll then go through it again slowly and pad it out, fix things and delete anything I am not happy with. I am a writer who goes through my book several times, each stage has a different purpose and I only worry about actual editing in the last passes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes , it was Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews, it pushed me to read the whole series and then her Heaven Leigh series too. I remember feeling so many emotions and knew this is what I wanted to do. Submerge people in a fantasy world where they can see and hear the characters and get lost from reality for a while.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have the design in my head before I even write the book. I work backwards that way because I am an artist and designer, I tend to know exactly what I want from the characters I have built in my head and the tone or style I want the book to have. That way my books end up all completely different in look.
What are your five favourite books, and why?
This is going to sound lame….. I expect a lot of eye rolls. I love the Fifty shades books, because I think I have a weakness for torn, damaged heroes and heroins and liked that they were easy to read and get engrossed in. They were complete contrast to anything I normally read, but i found them enjoyable despite the writing style at times. I also love anything by Lauren Layne, she writes light hearted and fun novellas with really adorable characters.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually Romance, chick lit or contemporary romance. I’m not one for too much erotica and I like a good story line that you can get invested in. I recently re-read a few Kat French summer books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPad and phone for the Kindle app, most books I read that way but I still prefer paper books.
Describe your desk
I have two work spaces that I use for my writing and artistic business so my desk is a mash up of both, its stacked with trinkets and bright rainbow things, yet it’s neat and tidy and has a lot of personal items surrounding my pc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in several places in Scotland, due to a military upbringing that has us moving a lot. It made me more able to adapt and meet people. I think all the experiences it gave me helped me be a better story teller.