You may recognise her from her Freak House Series, which has three series in each initial series, and in each series, there are 3 books. Confused? Don’t worry, once you start reading one book, you cannot help but wanting to find out what happens next. I love it when there are twists and turns in a book! Others include Assassin Guild Series, Lord Hawkesbury’s Players Series amongst others. Yes, she’s written a lot of books, and one wonders how she found the time to complete the interview. So you can imagine the excitement when she agreed!
I’ve always wanted to write, even when I was little. I loved to read and writing was a natural extension of that. If I wasn’t reading, I was dreaming up stories in my head on long car journeys or when lazing in bed of a morning.
Why did you choose this genre – what was most appealing about it and most difficult?
I’ve always loved historical novels. I love the romance and a sense of adventure that goes hand in hand with the past.
There are so many more possibilities for conflict between characters, whether it be social differences, education, gender, religion. Modern stories lack this conflict for me, and a sense of drama. Throw in some paranormal and fantasy, some witty banter and a forbidden romance, and I can’t resist!
The hardest part isn’t the historical research, which is what most people think, but juggling all the plot threads over multiple books. It can be tough to keep them all spinning and not let one drop. I have to keep good notes!
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want to the reader to feel when reading you book?
I definitely set out with a style in mind.
I know my books will have a dark, moody feel to them with a lot emotion, but I want to pepper that with lighter moments too.
I love clever banter between characters and find it breaks up the emotional intensity so that readers don’t feel overwhelmed.
When do you find the best time/place to write?
I write during the day while my kids are at school. I have an office in my house that’s incredibly messy, but has everything I need at my fingertips.
If you were to choose a favourite book you have written, which would it be?
It’s always the one I’m currently writing 🙂
What is your favourite book you have read and author?
This is so tough! I love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and am a huge fan of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond series.
I’m really drawn to any book set in the past or in a fantasy world that has a historical feel to it.
Your advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
Read a lot, write a lot, rinse and repeat.
You have to put in the hard yards and learn how to write, just like a doctor learns how to be a doctor, a lawyer learns the law, and a builder learns how to build.
Favourite colour: Red, but not to wear. I look terrible in red.
Favourite flower: Gardenia – it smells divine.
Favourite food: Chocolate.
Favourite day: Mondays because I get to write after a weekend off and Saturdays because I get to rest after a week of writing.
If you were to create your own Fantasy World, how would you describe it?
The weather would never be too hot or too cold, there would be books and chocolate (of course), and gentlemen (as in the real deal Mr. Darcy kind of gentleman). Everyone could eat as much chocolate as they wanted and not get fat.
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