Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and have ended up doing just that, though I’m a non-fiction writer rather than a novelist, despite my childhood imaginings. . I write every day… but I’m usually writing web content. I’ve written many thousands of words, but only one book so far.
My first book, Raising Your Coeliac Child, was inspired by the support I received from other parents of coeliac children when our daughter was newly diagnosed.
Tell us about your books.
Raising Your Coeliac Child condenses my 20 years of experience as a parent of a child with coeliac disease into a guide for parents of newly diagnosed children. It’s not a recipe book! It discusses the key issues facing families as they start to manage the gluten free diet for their child:
• Knowing what can (or can’t) be safely eaten
• Discussing the diagnosis with children and other adults
• The psychological impact of the diagnosis
• Dealing with the daily details, from school trips and birthday parties to travelling and eating out
• Dealing with negative comments—and making mistakes.
How did you go about getting published?
Raising Your Coeliac Child is published on Amazon – and I learnt a lot in the process of publication! There’s a lot to learn, but there’s great information out there to help.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
There’s no particular process, it’s just a question of finding time in a busy day, which isn’t easy.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading… I do have a full-time job, but I work from home.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
A book cover has to attract the right audience—so they know what to expect when they pick the book up. And online, it often needs to attract them even when it is displayed as a tiny image: a thumbnail.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Marketing is essential, and you’ll need to start it early.
What’s your favorite book?
It’s really difficult to choose! The books I’ve reread most often are by Robin Hobb or Patrick Rothfuss…
What are you reading now?
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers. I’m reading it for the second time in a few months; I wish I’d written it.
What’s your next book project?
It’s too soon to reveal details!
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