What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I would say that my biggest inspiration was definitely my gran. She loved writing herself and liked nothing more than to settle down with a good book. I remember, even at a very young age, sitting at the computer with her as she typed out my stories while I narrated them to her. She was extremely supportive and always encouraged me to write.
“I Know You” is my first book, although I have started many others before now; I’ve just never got around to completing them.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
Well, I began “I Know You” in the summer of 2013. At first I aimed to write at least 500 words a day, but it ended up being closer to 1000, if not more, and it came along at a good pace. It can be quite difficult to fit in around everyday life; work, children etc., and it’s so easy to get distracted. I just try to discipline myself, find a time when I can sit down and churn out 1000 words or so. I find it quite therapeutic to work at night.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I think I’m definitely most comfortable writing in the YA/fantasy genre, although at some point I would like to have a go at something a little different. I have a few ideas!
What draws you to write in that genre?
I’d say it’s a case of sticking to what you know, subjects you can relate to. I read a lot of YA fiction and I love anything that falls into the fantasy genre. I like reading books by authors such as Lauren Kate and Kelley Armstrong – I always enjoy them. I guess I’ve written a book that I would buy myself.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I’m currently working on a new project, nothing to do with “I Know You”, provisionally entitled “Charley Chambers”. I’ve also begun thinking up ideas for a sequel to “I Know You”, although it’s still very early days. I’m looking forward to it.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I have so many books in my head that I want to put down on paper. Hopefully, in time, I might be able to make that happen. For now though, I plan to keep writing. Before anything else, I want to finish “Charley Chambers”, then I can decide what comes next.
Where can people find out more about you?