What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I have no formal background in writing at all. I first began writing poetry and words as a child – it helped me cope with the abuse. My first poem was written at seven years old, a very morose and depressed poem of a soul destroyed. I remember mum reading it and telling a neighbour that she was worried I always seemed to look at the negative side of life. She was unaware of the abuse at this time, as all my readers will know; so my inspiration was the need to release my pain without telling anyone.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I try to write at least an hour a day. Sometimes I can go a week without writing then something will come into my mind triggered by something I see and I will then write for hours without a break. I work from 2pm to 10pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so tend to write late at night, usually midnight to 4am, when I’m at my most sensitive and deep.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I enjoy all forms and genres, as I write light-hearted and deep, it’s all the same to me. I just go with the emotion of the moment.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I’m always drawn into biographies, as I’m amazed at people’s coping mechanisms, and love to see how inspirational people cope with life in all forms.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I work with disabled children who have suffered abuse and I’m currently with a twelve-year-old child who has severe mute autism. I’m a therapeutic counsellor and child psychologist, and I teach life skills to adult survivors of childhood abuse, who don’t have parental skills, to enable them to go forward to be great parents in spite of no role models in their past. I am also a guest presenter on Sadie Nine’s show Loud Women on BBC Essex.
What are your writing plans for the future?
AFRAID NO MORE will be my second book – the sequel to AFRAID. Sadly, my abuser has tried to hire someone to kill me so I’m under police protection and my book is on hold while I’m in hiding, but once the threat is over, my sequel plus two other books I have in the pipeline will be published. My contract with Orion publishers is now over, so once I am able, I will probably market my book to Orion and other publishers out there.
Where can people find out more about you?