Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I was raised in Palmerston North, New Zealand and now I live in a small rural town, Ashhurst, New Zealand. I have one cat that came with house. By that I mean he was living under the house, skinny and timid and now he’s fat and happy.
I work as a Medical Herbalist and have my own thriving clinic using herbs as the main source of medicine.
I was a big reader from a very young age and assumed I would be a writer when I grew up. I won writing awards as a child, studied English Literature and Fiction in my early twenties and continued to collect books I read, which is a gigantic pain in the arse whenever I had to shift house.
I am heavily inspired by nature, human nature as well as the elements and the trees.
Tell us about your books.
Fantasy, appealing mostly to the 9+ age group.
Little Wings Book One, I wrote years ago. Like many of my books, they sit on my computer and get forgotten about, until I re-read LW a few months ago, and thought it was a pretty good book. It is through the eyes of a faerie form the land of Segais and her fledgling experiences as an Outbounder, only discovery that she has a special talent of seeing the unsightly Lost Ones.
To be an Outbounder one must go through rigorous training at the Agaric, underground tunnels in Segais. If you are a successful applicant, you can either become a Windtalker or a Tree Dweller in the human world. Windtalkers sit on the shoulder of their selected human client and whisper words of greatness and enlightenment. Mostly faeries and elves train up to do this as they tend to be more patient and are smaller in size. Gnomes on the other hand prefer to work with trees and animals and are more likely to become Tree Dwellers.
You humans cannot see these folk from Segais at work trying to make the world a better place, but you can certainly feel them, and on odd occasions have dreams about them. So the next time you suddenly come upon a great idea or solution to a problem, it may not be your own mind at work here, but simply the words of an Arum faerie or Ulmarian Elf from Segais sending you into the right direction.
How did you go about getting published?
Self-published through Createspace and KDP. I had a lot of help from writer’s groups.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
All or nothing. Either I spend all day writing or I don’t write at all, probably because I’m doing something else. BUT if I go too long without throwing myself into my books, then I lose the natural rhythm.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Run and natural health clinic and walk through the nearby forest for inspiration and rejuvenation.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I know many say get the cover done professionally, but three of my six books are covers I did myself(paintings I did) and they still sell. Blackstone series.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
People need to know about your book. Therefore spending a good amount of time, many experts say 30 mins every day, helps alot. Don’t lose heart if it’s not a big seller to start with as it can be a slow process.
What’s your favorite book?
The Rose of Sebastapol by Katharine McMahon also Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood
What are you reading now?
Anne Perry; The Whitechapel Conspiracy. Crime Thriller.
What’s your next book project?
The third book in the series; Little Wings, called The Book of Eidheann Fuath. I should be finished in approx three months.
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