Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I combine working as a university research manager with running my own writing and editorial business and raising my family. It's a very busy lifestyle, but I really enjoy the variety of experience that it gives me.
Over the years I've had all kinds of non-fiction published (a book, academic papers and magazine articles), as well as ghost writing two other books. Now I'm concentrating on fiction. I've published three novels to date: "A Matter of Degree", "Travels on a Greyhound Bus" and "Six Months in Paris".
Academically speaking, I hold a PhD and an MA Honours in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, York.
When I'm not working or spending time with my family, I really enjoy doing yoga (I've been practising for well over 20 years now, so am very flexible!) and swimming lengths at my local pool.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Its name is "Six Months In Paris". It is inspired by my own trips to Paris over several years and my experiences of working in France.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am always strapped for time as I have a regular job, run my own business and have a family. This means that whenever I have a spare few minutes, I nip into the study to write at my computer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I really enjoy reading Penelope Lively, Adele Parks, Kate Atkinson, and David Nicholls, and their work has definitely influenced me.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a new book set between Britain and Italy.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find running free promotions on Amazon to be very helpful.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just keep on writing and don't give up. Perseverance and belief in yourself are the best assets to have, I think.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Lots of people have advice for writers and some of it is good. I can't think of anything that I would describe as the best advice I have ever heard.
What are you reading now?
"The Turning Point" by Freya North.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Completing the book that I am currently working on.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Probably "Life after Life" by Kate Atkinson, but it's a close call.
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