I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Thank you so much for inviting me to answer your questions.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I’ve always loved reading. As a child I was a proper bookworm and I suppose it was a natural progression to want to go on to write my own stories. However, I never managed to complete a whole manuscript, always running out of steam, enthusiasm or time by about the fifth chapter. It wasn’t until I was on maternity leave with my youngest child that I thought it was now or never and I spent the next few months writing whenever I had a spare few minutes. Finally, I had managed to complete a whole novel.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
I was a member of the Romantic Novelists‘ Association under their New Writers‘ Scheme and part of the scheme offers the member a critique of their manuscript. I sent my manuscript off and received lots of really useful feedback and spent the next year editing and revising it. The following year I sent it in again for another read and this time got hugely constructive feedback. So much so, that I went on to self-publish my novel – United States of Love. I had tried approaching agents and publishers with it beforehand but with no success. It was about a year after I had self-published the book that I saw HarperImpulse, part of the HarperCollins group, was launching and were looking for submissions. I sent in United States of Love and was delighted to get a phone call to say they would love to publish it. I was offered a three-book deal and I have been fortuante enough to have gone on to publish 8 books in total with HarperImpulse.
Could you describe literature in three words?
Thought provoking. Captivating.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I probably wouldn’t read sci-fi as it’s not really my thing. Simply because it’s not a genre which appeals to me.
What’s your favorite book?
That’s such a hard question! I don’t know if I have one favourite – I do have several though, one being, Omerta by Mario Puzo. I really like the thriller element of the story and there is a great family set-up to the book as well.
Another hard question! I do love A A Milne quotes from his Winnie the Pooh stories and, I suppose, my favourite one of those is …
‚How do you spell love? – Piglet.
‚You don’t spell it. You feel it.‘ – Pooh
EBooks or paper print?
I love either. Ebooks are great to load up the Kindle with and take on holiday or travelling and paperbacks are lovely to hold and look nice on the bookshelf.
What inspires you?
To write? I suppose it’s my love of stories – it goes back to my earlier answer about reading. I love to read and therefore I love to write. For the stories themselves, I take inspiration from all around me, the tv, newspapers, social media, overheard bits of conversations – it can come from anywhere at anytime.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
I’d love to meet any of Karen Rose’s male protagonists in her books.
They are always charming, charasmatic and also have a hint of danger about them!
What’s your worst nightmare?
Anything to do with snakes – sorry, but I’m so scared of them. I don’t even like looking at pictures of them.
The best decision of your life was?
Oh, such another difficult question! I’d have to say getting married and having children on a personal level. On a career level, it was leaving my day job as a teaching assistant at a local college and going to write full-time from home. I haven’t looked back since then and would never want to do anything else other that write.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
I’ve just finished my next book The Dead Wife and am waiting for the final proof read. It’s due out in September 2019. I really enjoyed writing this one and can’t wait for readers to meet reporter Steph Durham and the dangerous Sinclair family.