1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?
I did not, it occurred accidentally. Several years ago, I was writing short stories with my writing partner when someone on the internet sent me a poem by a cowboy poet. I read it, decided there was a story in it, and a couple of weeks later, uploaded said story onto my web site. About three weeks later an editor contacted me and suggested I made it into a book. I sliced up the book, moved the end and filled in the middle. Eh Voila!
2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?
It depends on how quickly I want it written, anything from three weeks to four months usually but I do work to deadlines, all be they my own.
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?
I am fortunately retired; therefore, I have all the time in the world.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have a rather wry sense of humor and base many characters on the quirks of true-life friends. I also have a habit of killing people off, which I tend to take to heart and still sob when I read the end of my first book.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
The series is born from a poem. As for the others, just a warped and depraved imagination that seems to wander around in the gutter for most of the day I guess..
6. When did you write your first book?
I wrote a dragon book many years ago, which I am in the process of rewriting but my first published book since then was December 2012
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?
Music, gym, swimming, outdoorsy stuff and spending times with loved ones and friends.
8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?
My mother, 90 years old, thinks it is wonderful and has read all my books. My daughter was horrified at the tender age of twenty-four when she read my first one and impressed upon me that I was her mother and not a wanton hussy! Needless to say, she is now proud of my achievements and also buys and reads my work.
My friends read all my work and are some of my greatest supporters and it is here I must add that probably my greatest encouragement comes from my writing partner Keith. We have written together for seven years now. I would not be where I am today if it were not for him.
9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?
My persistence and perseverance to get it right. Editing was and still is a nightmare. I have sometimes taken longer to edit than to write the book.
The actual getting it out and prepared for publication was something else. With so many formats to learn, the first one was a devil, even though I had great instruction from a seasoned publisher, it took a while. Now, it takes less than an hour.
10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
On my own, I have written eight books. The Heaven Scent series is my favourite, but then I have an entire fantasy world ingrained within me now, I know every inch of that ranch including each blade of grass. I guess my new one has amused me though. A Tear for Eternity.com was born from my long relationship with a man over the internet. All based on the will there be a happily ever after or not?
My writing partner and I have also published two books. One took over three years to write, Ariana falls from Grace. A naughty little number that delves into the darker side of our depraved imaginations…Although, if you already write erotica, is there a darker side? The jury is out on that one…
11. What do you think makes a good story?
Making sure the timelines agree throughout the story, having a great beginning, middle and end, with a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter, which will keep the reader turning the page. The subject matter is irrelevant to me if you have a well structured book.
12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?
Wherever I am able. Have laptop will write. I write on the plane, in hotel rooms, in airports, at cafe’s, on my desk, which overlooks the sea and in my sleep.