Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
My official twitter blurb says “Top selling (so I’m told) author with a hint of mint. Not sure why.
I started writing as a child, keeping a diary which actually has proved useful as time gone on, writing short stories, prose and a whole collection of unpublished works which we (my editor and I) are slowly going through.
Tell us about your books.
I am currently mid promotion for a book which is not actually written by me but is about me – Tour De Europa by Chris Henson. The book follows myself and I guess you could say entourage on my book tour last year when we travelled across Europe all in the aid of promotion. The book is full of snapshot conversations, forgotten restaurants, reviews, interviews with the press and it goes behind the scenes on how it is – well for me, to promote and sell a book. Since then my first two novels have been repackaged and renamed – Simply Divine – and my first collection of short stories and prose was also published under a new title – A Sorta Fairytale. It’s been reviewed as some kind of greatest hits which is rather good.
How did you go about getting published?
My first book back in 2010 – Even When Tonight Is Over -I self published. Then I got lucky. A friend introduced me to an editor, then an agent and eventually I was signed to a publisher. It was that simple. But saying that, it does not mean that’s it, you’re a hit you can sell, you still have to get out there and promote. I was just lucky in having a great team working alongside me. Last year I managed to secure a publishing agent for USA and Canada.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
If I am spending a day writing its usually emails and calls in the morning then four hours of writing – a break then four hours more. I am quite structured like that. Every day I re-read but don’t edit anything until it is complete. But each adventure can be different. I recently completed a book in three days – three sold days of writing then I slept for twenty four hours and the finished book needs little adjusting.
I have my own library, my own private place where I write which is filled with books, notebooks, unpublished materiel, music, art etc. An inspiring room.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I co own and manage a small bed bed and breakfast in France (www.maisondelorb.com) so that does take my time during the high season but writing and publishing is my main focus. Outide of this my interests lay with gym where I can totally switch off, food – cooking and eating and walking the hounds of love.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
For me it begins with a title. Get the title right and the rest is easy. I have bought so many books just because of the title. One of my books – Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets underwent many changes in titles but we all came back to the original submission.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Just get out there and showcase your books and don;t be afraid to ask for assistance from people.
What’s your favorite book?
The Enigma of Arrival by V. S. Naipaul. It reflects upon the nature of our perceptions of our surroundings and how much these perceptions are affected by our own pre-conceptions of a place.
What are you reading now?
Ben Cohen autobiography which has just been sent to me by my publishers. Beautifully written and a rare insight into amazing achievements although with some sad tragic memories. s.
What’s your next book project?
Two books are just around the corner.
Take Down The Flags – a series of stories all set on one day, that day being the end of World War Two.
Simple Pleasures – a diary account of a housewife which incorporates a few characters fro my Trumpets book. This was one manuscript written years ago and then left but has been rewritten in parts and brought up to date.