Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I was inspired to write at the age of 11 after winning an inter-schools’ writing competition. However, it was only after my two sons had left home that I began to write seriously. Over the past few years I have written 8 women’s fiction novels, 4 novellas, and 18 short stories, winning a New Apple Book Award in 2014, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for my third novel ‘A House Without Windows’.
Tell us about your books.
I mostly write contemporary women’s fiction, but have also written 2 humorous novels ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’ and ‘The Pilates Class’. My one suspense novel ‘A House Without Windows’ has won 2 awards, and my latest women’s fiction novel ‘Repent at Leisure’ was shortlisted for the Escalator Writing Competition.
How did you go about getting published?
Most of my books are self-published, but the last two ‘The Donor’ and ‘Repent at Leisure’ have been taken up by the independent publisher Creativia.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I like to write at least 1000 words per day, and prefer to do this in the mornings. I write at my desk at home in blissful peace and silence! I normally market and promote my books in the afternoons.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I took early retirement last year, and am having a great time doing just what I want. This includes walking in the countryside around my village every day, writing at least 1000 words, reading until my eyes ache, and babysitting my grandchildren when I am needed. Life is good.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I am assured that people judge a book by its cover. I do not and prefer to read the words inside. All I can say is….don’t spend too much time or money on it.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Build up a blog and website in order to interact with readers who are interested in your genre.
What’s your favorite book?
The Go-Between, by L.P Hartley
What are you reading now?
The Truth About Us, by Simon Kettlewell
What’s your next book project?
I am writing a 60,000 word manuscript to enter into a competition in July.