I was a sex worker, but like most isolated by the nature of the work. Whilst I knew the law as it applied to me I was unaware there were people campaigning to change the laws, or that other countries has different systems, many of which were a lot worse than the UK. I started talking to and reading other sex workers writings, and attended a few events. Realising that I was not alone was such a huge moment for me.
My inspiration comes from everywhere. I’m an avid reader of anything I can get my hands on; I like to imagine what happens after I’ve read the last page, where do the characters go? I muse on normality being forced into an abnormal condition, where someone I know or some part of my own character is forced to confront a situation they could never have imagined.
I’m shouting at the tosser in the next cell, he’s shouting down the phone and now he’s shouting back at me. Can’t hear meself bloody think. Now it sounds like he’s on about someone having tricked him into giving them a baby for Chris’ sakes. I must relax, lie back on me bunk, and reflect on how I got into this position… and how I’m going to get out of it.
Currently I am running about talking to people about 'In Stark Weather'...a novel that focuses on three different men, a failed musician striking out to try one last time, an author chasing success that he fears he will never beat, and a man so tormented by abuse and neglect that he has begun coping by giving into horrible acts of violence.
With non-fiction, I like to write practical books of the how-to type, helping my readers to achieve something. It's rewarding to play a part in a reader's success. For example, with Twitter for Writers, I show writers how to use Twitter to improve your writing, network with other authors, meet fans, build a platform, gain exposure, find reviewers and sell books.
I became interested in spiritual enlightenment, metaphysics, self-empowerment and self-healing. The self-healing I used to heal myself of the many traumatic experiences that were deeply hidden. Continuing to learn more, I moved onto personal development, soul growth, the sub-conscious, other dimensions, spirit possession, the...
I write in a literary way probably because I’m a poet at heart and can’t help loving word play and metaphorical language! I do still feel literary work should be accessible and pacy though and that’s why I also admire writers like Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve who are great storytellers, but also write with real elegance.
The eagerly awaited autobiography of 'Freeway' Rick Ross has just been released. A notorious drug kingpin reigning over Los Angeles, California and operating across numerous other states, Rick was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996. But following the discovery his drug source was linked to the CIA and he had been used as a pawn in the Iran–Contra scandal, he received a reduced sentence.
Lady in Red is back to the Seahills and mainly back to the Lumsdon family who had centre stage in book one Run for Home, which has recently been made into a very successful stage play. It's every writer’s dream to see their work on stage, TV, or film, and the feeling was unexplainable, try laughing and crying at the same time, and it still won’t come close.
As I began to heal my own life, I began to care much more about the Earth. There is a very real connection between the violence committed against women around the world and violence against the Earth. 'Mother Earth' explores some of those connections in words children and adults can absorb... I hope the book will be a discussion piece for the generations, which will spurn action.
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’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 guess I’ve written a book that I would buy myself.