Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in New Zealand with my Indian born husband, our two almost grown children (they are both at university), a cat and a dog. Julie & Kishore is my first published book. I have just finished my second book, Julie & Kishore – Take Two, which is a sequel to the first. I am currently writing a third, Nina’s Art, which has many of the same characters but is a competley different story.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Julie & Kishore is based on my own life. I met my Indian born husband in the late ’80’s. We faced trials and tribulation as an inter-racial couple at that time. Family and friends encouraged me to write a book about us, so I did!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Ha ha, only that my little Pomeranian dog likes to sit on my lap while I write! Writing takes a lot of discipline and it is hard not to be distracted. I often sit in my local library and do not use the internet so I can focus solely on writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
While growing up I loved reading, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Anne of Green Gables and Pollyanna. I guess I believe these stories helped to shape me as a person to be the writer I am today.
What are you working on now?
My second book, Julie & Kishore – Take Two is finished and I am writing my third and final in this trilogy, Nina’s Art.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Placing all of your information on sites, such as this one, is a must and putting links to all of the sites you belong to on Twitter is a great way of promoting yourself.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
As Dory said from Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming….” Get out there and meet real people and tell them about your book.
If you thought writing the book was the hard part, promoting yourself and your book is harder. Also, ask every single person who reads your book to put a review on Amazon.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Other people can offer advice but in the end go with your own gut instinct.
What are you reading now?
I just finished last night a book called, The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. It is a nice story, that flowed well and was easy to read.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To finish my third book, Nina’s Art which will compete the trilogy.
To keep on promoting my books and myself as an author. To continue writing poems and short stories, which I also enjoy doing.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I can’t pick just one! Once again I must mention my childhood favourites, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Anne of Green Gables and Pollyanna. I have so many lovely memories of reading these books.