Author Interview

I did this on FB for an author interview tag so I thought I may as well post it here as well. 


Favorite character from your books: Well, I would say Tristan. But Tristan doesn’t work without Dom and vice versa. I mean just imagine two perky Tristans together, or two cynical, sarcastic Dominics, so they’re going to have to come as a pair.


Top Bestseller
: A Temporary Situation. Ironic really. I was still so green I did zero marketing.


Favourite book you’ve written: How are you meant to pick a favourite? My three favourites would probably be:A Temporary Situation – just because this is the book that I tend to get most comments about. A few people would probably like Tristan gift-wrapped for Christmas.Refuge – Because it’s still an unfinished story.Edge of Living – it was a huge challenge to write a book with no humour in and probably the only book where at least one of the characters isn’t quirky in some way.And of course my current WIP which has a very blunt half-Russian contemporary ballet dancer who walks around half-naked most of the time.


The longest book you’ve written: Refuge was the longest at over 90k.
The shortest book you’ve written: The Christmas follow on to A Temporary Situation was just below 30k. Before this it was Kept in the dark at 55k. Most of my books end up being way longer than the 60k that I aim for.


The first book you wrote: The first book I wrote is still unfinished and probably unlikely to see the light of day. Every now and again I contemplate going back and reading it and maybe posting it on my website or something, but that would require finishing it, and there’s so many other books that need writing.


The year you first published: 2015. It’ll be three years on Dec 21st exactly since Time for a Change was published with Loose id


The hardest book to write: Refuge. The only reason Kept in the Dark exists is because it was my side project that I kept veering over to write whenever Refuge hit a stumbling block which was quite often. There were probably a number of reasons. It was the first book I wrote in third person which took some getting used to when my first three had been in first. It had flashbacks. It was much more plot driven so trying to get the balance between action and romance was tricky.Special mention goes to Edge of Living though. Those last two chapters and epilogue really didn’t want to get written.

Books in progress update – November

This is way, way overdue. Sorry. But you know website problems so I had nowhere to post it.

I was intent on finally getting the next book after Refuge written. I started it, and it does stand at 11k which is 10k more than it was at the beginning of October, but then I got side-tracked by a pretty stock photo and now I’m 35k into a standalone about a half-Russian contemporary ballet dancer and a sound engineer. So I’m guessing that will be next. No idea how long it will be. I’m hoping for around 60k but I said that about Taking Love’s Lead (ended up as 75k) and Edge of Living (82k) so who knows.

I’ve just released a follow up to A Temporary Situation, A Christmas Situation which has got me itching to write the 3rd and final instalment. Unfortunately, there’s the small matter of Paul from A Temporary Situation standing in the way. He needs his story first. I might try writing that at the same time as Rebellion (follow up to Refuge) because if Rebellion is anywhere near as tricky as the first one was to write, there’s going to be times when the words are going nowhere.

The Christmas novella I was supposed to put out this Christmas remains unfinished at 12k but I’m definitely planning to finish it for next year. The problem was, it’s not the most happy and cheery book, which is all well and good. I don’t think Christmas books have to always be cheery, but coming so soon after the darkness of Edge of Living, I think it would have been a bit much, or as my mum put it, “People are going to start asking, if you’re alright?” So assuming that no dark books crawl out of my fingertips prior to Christmas next year, that’s when I’ll publish my May/December, rich/poor xmas story.

So, that’s what’s on the horizon at the moment. And for anyone waiting for the book after Refuge, I’m sorry, I’m not doing it deliberately, but I do want to get it right.

New website

I know what you’re thinking. It’s not that long since you started the other one, and you’d be right.

But…

Long, boring story.

When I first published a book way back in Dec 2015, I cheerily signed up for web hosting and a domain for a website that I never used. Because you know, authors have websites.

Fast forward to this year when I started concentrating more on writing. I couldn’t even access the old website because I couldn’t remember the password. Not a problem I thought. I’ll start a WordPress one.

You need a domain. Oh hang on, I think I’ve got one of those. Manages to remember the old one. Uses that.

You need hosting. Do I have that? What’s that account I had? I’ll try that.

To cut a long story short, it became so I couldn’t post anything new on the website, and that was before the hosting expired so I still don’t know what was going on there. I’d toyed with trying to get the old one up and running for a while but I’m not that tech savvy and there wasn’t that much on it anyway so I finally decided it wasn’t worth it.

Anyway, fresh start. Fresh domain and fresh hosting. And this time I’ll keep a track of dates and passwords so it won’t happen again.