Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a amatuer genealogist who fell into writing in 2012, whilst waiting for information for a Family History Book. I opened a Word Doc and my fingers flew over the keyboard, by that afternoon I had three chapters of a Regency Historical Mystery Romance book. I promptly sent it to two online friends in the UK who loved it and said “We want more. Oh and put in some sex scenes.”
Oh My God – Sex scenes, did I hear them right. Talk about blushing. It was about to get worse. I wrote chapter four with sex scenes, set it and I think I must have had a red face for days afterwards. If any of my children came close I had to shut my laptop and they nearly always disturbed my writing at that stage – embarrassing!
The story though good needed a lot of works and more research, it is still to be published.
Since that time, writing has taken over my life. I have written and self published 10 of my own books and 6 for clients – Yes my writing also developed into a Self Publishing Business.
Five of the ten books are part of a series “Garrett Investigation Bureau.” They are about individual agents and security, with assignments, romance, murder, mystery and many twists and turns that leave my readers wanting more. I have one children’s book called “Zoe’s Journey,” which is a fantasy story about myths and legends – there will be a sequel to this novel. “Fred, The Evil Incarnate,” is a Erotic Fantasy for adults. I have two short stories and a Romance called “Jessie’s Billionaire,” under another pseudonym. There are many more part done on my computer, including two more GIB drafts. All but the short stories and Jessie’s Billionaire are available in Print. All are e-books.
I am married with three beautiful children and two cats. I live in New Zealand – “The land of the long white cloud.” In Maori it is Aotearoa. I love to listen to the Maori spoken language, and hope to one day have some of my books publishing in this language to help keep Te Reo (Maori Language) alive. I am a volunteer within the community, wanting to give back to those who have help us. Always happy to help people.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My next book for release is a young children’s book which was written for my friends three year old grandson. It is a read allowed book, though can be read by older children.
“Girlie and the War of the Wasps,” is set in a cottage garden in the insect world. Girlie is a bright blue ladybug who loves to eat aphids. One day she hears a scream, looking up she sees her best friend Grassi the Grasshopper in the clutches of a nasty wasp. Her adventure begins. She wants to rescue her friend! Along the way she meets Sammie Kitten, Pedi the Centipede and many more.
Girlie ends up on a quest to stop the nasty wasps from kidnapping more insects from the villages in the cottage garden.
A delightful tale of diet, naughty wasps, colour and how it is all dealt with.
This story has been beta read to a group of 12 five year olds. They sat silent throughout, enjoying it immensely – going “Awww,” at the end.
This book is due for release next month.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Some would call me a Pantser. I have what I call free flow fingers, they tend to write what they want. This is probably why I have so many draft books to finish.
I don’t plot, though I have learnt to do character sheets to a small degree even if it is just a list of character names.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Originally it is history which influenced me, I wanted to be able to read a Regency Historical book set in England with English spelling, rather than American English, I still l think it looks rather odd, even though i know it is accepted world wide.
I love C S Lewis, Clive Cussler, Elizabeth Goudge, Enid Blyton, Mark Twain and many more. Influence I don’t know, you’d have to read my books. Personally I feel like I have a Pixie or Muse on my shoulder telling my fingers what to write.
What are you working on now?
At present I am working on “Jones, the Reluctant Hero.” This is book six in my Garrett Investigation Series. It is about a double agent called Jones who finds his way in the real world. It is a mystery, romance, paranormal with an evil twisted guy right in the middle.
Book seven is also underway, though not titled yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I promote on all the websites I can. Facebook is where I started. From there I used Linkedin, Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter (still learning how to use it properly) and just recently I have started to use Instagram. I also find websites like this one are excellent for promotion and Interviews. I am also involved in book promotion groups and Interview swaps for blogs.
I have my own author website and author page on Amazon & Smashwords.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up. If a publisher won’t have you, have a look at self publishing. Ask and learn what you don’t know.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
I am reading “The Standing Stone,” by Wendy Steele
What’s next for you as a writer?
More writing, enhancing my grammar and putting out second editions of my books.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Narnia Stories by C S Lewis. A children’s book for all ages – I still read them. I also like “The Valley of Song,” by Elizabeth Goudge.