Q and A

 

Where were you born?

I was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire but moved to the West Midlands when I was eight.  Even though I’ve lived in the Midlands for most of my life I still call myself a Yorkshire Lass.

Aside from writing books, what other jobs have you had?

My first job was cleaning rooms in a big hotel on a Saturday and Sunday when I was sixteen.  I used to take my wages straight to McDonalds to buy an apple pie after my shift.  Since then I’ve worked in shops, restaurants, bars and even as a turkey plucker one Christmas.  I now run a holistic health business which offers alternative therapies to female clients.

What do you do in your spare time?

Read, read and read some more!  I devour Young Adult Fantasy books (which is why I write for this genre) but I also enjoy getting my teeth into a good horror or romance.  I do love crafting – at the moment I’m giving jewellery making a go.  Beading is great fun and very therapeutic.  I am also quite obsessive about Zentangles.

What’s your favourite film?

That’s a tough one…I’m swayed by my mood when it comes to films.  If I absolutely HAD to choose just one it would be The Lost Boys.

When did you start writing?

I was eight years old and used to fill pages and pages of notepads with little stories and poems.  My favourite subject at school was English – my teacher used to read out my stories in class.  Suffering with self-doubt meant I didn’t have the confidence to submit my work.  This changed as I got older (and hopefully wiser) and I realised that writing was my most favourite thing to do in the world.  I stopped holding myself back and went for it – this was the best thing I ever did.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to self-publish?

Edit, edit and then edit again.  You are so involved in your story that you can no longer see the errors.  I write how I speak which doesn’t always transfer to the page, so my editor guides me and tells me where I need work.  Having a copy edit and proof read by a professional is the best thing you can do for your manuscript.  If you are serious about your book, I would suggest getting a professional cover produced too.  I use the incredible talents of Peter Jones from Soundhaven.com for my non-fiction books, and the award winning team at Blue Harvest Creative for my fantasy fiction.

How many books are there in the Guardian Series?

I plan to write three, but as the story unfolds this could become more.  So far I have:

  • Guardians of the Dead
  • Guardians of the Sky
  • Guardians of the Lost Lands

How did you come up with the original idea for the Guardian Series?

It all started with a photograph in the Writing Magazine.  There was a suitable spooky picture displayed on the annual ghost story competition page.  It was a statue in a graveyard that showed three hooded figures.  As soon as I saw it, a group of characters started talking in my head and I had to write notes.  Over time the story started to take shape.

Q.  Where do you write?

I did have a small desk wedged into an even smaller gap in the corner of my kitchen, but after re-jigging my house around I now have an office (my writing cave).  Having said that, the beauty of laptops and notebooks means I can write anywhere and more often than not I end up at my kitchen table overlooking the garden.

 

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