Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I used to love watching old detective shows with my mum, especially Agatha Christie, but I always wondered about the lives and loves of the characters. One day I started writing these ideas onto paper and the rest kind of evolved from there.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer and how does that affect your writing?
Our youngest 5 children are still at school so life is very busy as you can imagine which means writing is something that happens where and when I can fit it in. This means sometimes I go weeks without writing a single word, but then there are times I can finish a full-length novel in a couple of weeks.
What have you written so far?
I have a 7-book series currently available on my website which was previously released through Beachwalk Press. There are also 5 more titles that are getting ready to be re-released in the next few months. All my stories are set in Australia from 1860 to 1910 and are historical romantic suspense, filled with scandal and drama.
Do you work with an outline or plot sketch, or do you prefer to let a general idea guide your writing?
I always jot done a general idea on paper, along with a basic character description. After that, the story just evolves as I type those notes into the computer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I fell into indie publishing by circumstances out of my control. Over the last 25 years, I’ve had 4 traditional publishers but they have all since closed their doors. I’ve been trapped in bad contracts, and I’ve been faced with having to change where my books are set just to have a publisher look at my work. It all just got too much so much husband and I decided to try our hands at indie publishing and see where that takes us.
How do you market or promote your books and what strategies (e.g. social media, email, blog tours, etc.) have demonstrated the most success for you?
I’m not in the financial position to pay for publishing so I rely heavily on generous bloggers who are happy to give me a plug on their sites. I also use Twitter and Facebook quite a lot too. Out of them all, blogs have been my most successful, and I’ve managed to meet some very lovely and accommodating people too.
Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?
Apathy and Vigour is the fourth book in the Sins of the Virtuous series (Though it can be read as a standalone book). It’s my take on a Beauty and Beast theme with a scarred hero drowning in his own sorrow and regret, forced together under suspicious circumstances with the woman he used to love. Both the hero and heroine are haunted by the fire that changed both their lives, and each is desperate to find who was responsible no matter the cost.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
My favorite character to write was Tristen. The roller coaster of emotions he takes the reader on from love to desperation to sorrow to redemption just broke my heart to write. By the end of the book, I just wanted to reach out and give him a huge hug and tell him how sorry I was to do that to him.
If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast?
As I was writing the story I always saw Tristen as a younger Richard Armitage and Amalie as Natalie Portman. As for Bastian, I think someone like Christian Bale would play him well.
Tell us something unique about you.
I have a genetic disorder that causes my hands to tremble constantly. Some days it’s so bad that I’ll spill my coffee if it’s filled to the brim.