How did you get started as an author?
When I was ten I had an English writing assignment that was meant to be a page or two long of a scene that we add in one of the Ronald Dahl books - George's Marvellous Medicine and me being me ended up writing several pages. When the teacher asks me to cut is shorter, I refused too. From then on, my imagination just took from there.
Do you have a favourite place to write?
At the moment, most of it’s done on the couch. I am not the type of person that can sit at a desk and write for hours on end. However our house is currently getting build and there will be a swing seat. That could be the new fave writing place.
Who are your target readers?
Anyone who wants to read my book! On a series note, I wouldn’t recommend anyone under 16-maybe 17 plus. My novels have sexual content in them and True Colours has mentions of abuse, so I would say it’s for a more mature audience.
Do you prefer ebooks, printed books or audiobooks?
I prefer to read paperback, however sometimes Ebooks can be more convenient – especially when I’m travelling. To be honest, I’ve never listened to an audiobook but know that they sell.
Can you remember the first book you ever read?
No, but it would be something in the Little Golden Books series since they were big when I was little and I remember reading a lot of them, also Clifford the Big dog comes to mind.
What are you currently reading?
One in a million by Susan Mallery – it’s a mills and boon title. They’re kinda my guilty pleasure.
Tell us about The Second Chance estate...
The Second Chance Estate is a safe haven for abuse, neglected and or abandoned children. It’s kinda like a group home of sorts for kids that have been given the ‘shit stick’ in life and I know most kids in Foster Care have had a rough trot and this kinda high lights then. It has live in child Psychologist so they can be there for the kids mental health twenty-four seven. Something that current kids in the system are neglected, just because there is too many kids in the system and not enough funds to go around.
Where did you get inspiration for your lead character, Ariel?
Her looks are based on Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls, everything else is a combination of fiction and parts of me thrown in there. She had a lot of my traits with the way she drinks her tea. Her guardian personality, etc. She is what I would inspire to be.
Was it difficult writing about disadvantaged children?
It’s always painful to write scenes with kids that have been through a lot. I cried after writing a lot of them, even though it's only fiction - who can't help but to feel what the character is feeling.
What is your favourite part of publishing?
Being able to hold the finish result in my hand. Also, cannot wait to see it sitting on a shelf in a book shop one day when I walk by.
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