1) Do you write books as a career, or are you currently still juggling
your author time with a full or part time job?
Writing is my career, along with narrating and Voice Actress as and when I’m needed, but writing is my passion. I don’t sell enough to live on…Yet, but who knows what the future holds; I live in hope, because I cannot imagine doing anything else, so I have to make this work.
2) Have you always wanted to be an author, or did some time or event in
your life set you on the path?
I have always written, from a very early age, but as a child, I never dreamed that I could write a book, never mind the amount that I have! I was told I wasn’t ‘clever’ enough to go to university where apparently, ‘writers’ are made! My education was minimal, and yet, here I am, doing what I love.
It was our son’s death twenty-four years ago that finally pushed me to do what I knew in my soul I was good at and loved more than anything else. But that’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed every other qualification and journey I have been on, it just means, I have more experiences to add to my ‘tool kit’ of life, including, Beauty, Health & Sports therapist, Hairdresser, Reflexologist, Counsellor, Trainer, Grief trainer, and much more.
3) Do you always write in the same genre, or do you sometimes like a
change of theme? If you haven’t already, is there another genre you
would like to write?
Writing, Diary of Margery Blake’ was a shock for me as it is purely, ‘historical’ though many agree that I was, ‘channelled’ by women to write their story. Mainly I write in the supernatural/Paranormal genre, with history and romance thrown in.
My books have been compared to, ‘Barbara Erskine’ and I met her once. We exchanged books and signed them (She enjoyed Between Worlds) and I loved, Sleeper’s Castle 🙂 I think I will be remaining in this category for a while as I have at least another five books in my head, along with a ‘diary’ idea of which I have already written the second book. I will be beginning the next book in the paranormal genre very soon.
4) As a writer, what is the best thing that has happened to you, and
what is that most exciting thing that could happen to you?
Gosh, so many wonderful things have happened, it’s impossible to choose. From winning various awards, which is both humbling and jump up and down screaming mentally moments! Hearing from readers who couldn’t put my books down once they began reading and hearing of their conundrums – work or read, sleep or read the next chapter! Being given access to various places to do my research is very humbling and so gratifying, and I feel so blessed. Having Diary of Margery Blake made into an audio drama by www.storymore.com and hearing it brought to life by our international cast (including myself!)
The most amazing thing would be to see one or more of my books dramatised as a film or a three pat drama on TV. So many readers have told me they think each of my books would make great films – but the film industry is stuck on making super hero films or repeats…?
So, any film makers out there – call me if you want something original! 🙂
5) How do you view the promotion, book signings etc. Is it something you
enjoy, or do you prefer the writing stage?
I am terrible at promotion – hence the low sales! However, when I do get asked to do book signings and people show up, it’s great! I love interacting with readers and chatting about all things paranormal and hearing their stories. I thoroughly enjoyed being asked to various libraries to give talks and W.I meetings to talk about women’s rights and the research I found during writing Diary of Margery Blake, but of course, all that has stopped these last eighteen months 🙁
I love all stages of the writing – the researching – the book signings – everything! I came over to Savannah three years ago for a small book tour and it was fabulous – what an experience!
6) Could you tell us something about your published books, and let us
know what they are about and where they are available?
My books began with, Echoes, a paranormal, historical novel, set around Shrewsbury, England, moving between the 15th century and present day, as one terrible decision echoes down through the centuries. There were many casualties of war, but some refuse to be forgotten.
Next came Freya’s Child, set on the Wirral, England where many Viking artefacts have been and continue to be found. Someone asked me, what I would do to save my daughter? I said, ‘I’d kill if need be…I think?’ It got me thinking. Bring belief into it as Vikings began to consider christianity and paganism clashed and a story emerged.
Between Worlds is a psychological paranormal time-slip – or is it? Set near Hadrian’s Wall, it follows the story of, Emily, who is found lying next to a headless corpse; the murder weapon, an ancient sword. I got this idea from listening to a piece of music ten minutes long, and each time, a scene fit the music perfectly, and so I built a story around it.
Diary of Margery Blake is set in 19th century England as a young woman is married off to a man almost twice her age. Margery has no power, no voice, no rights, and feels like her life has ended before it has even begun, so she writes her thoughts in her secret diary.
THREE – is a book of three short ghost stories, and three character stories from three of my books and is only £1 available on Amazon as an e-book
Where Rivers Meet is a paranormal time-travel romance set in my favourite village, Beddgelert in North Wales. I had a number of readers asking me about the sex and romance in my books, so as I had already begun this story, I added just a little more obvious romance, just for them!
Adventures of Faerie folk series 1-4 – I wrote these faerie stories many years ago for my own daughter and her friends to try and teach them that being different is okay, bullying is bad and more. Each book has two stories that teach children morals, and how to live in nature…Or there will be consequences! There are about ten more stories to come.
Check out the Faerie Folk here