Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born and raised in the suburban outskirts of London where I was lucky enough to experience the vibrant art and culture of the city, and spent my student years in the eclectic seaside town of Brighton. I’ve always been creative at heart, and have worked as a collage-artist, sculptor, prop-maker and garden designer over the years. But I am an introvert and writing has always been my first love.
In March 2015, to my delight, Accent Press published my debut romance novel, Kindred Hearts. Spurred on by this success and a lifelong passion for reading, I continue to pour my creativity into writing novels, surrounded by my amazing, inspiring and supportive family. I am currently working on a three-book series of standalone novels.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Kindred Hearts is a sexy, contemporary romance in which a young woman, Tasha Graham, is seduced by the enigmatic twins from her childhood; Sebastian and Celeste Walker. It is set in glamorous and exciting parts of London but deals with love, loss and loneliness as much as lust. I wrote Kindred Hearts because I had the characters living in my head and it was a choice between going mad or putting pen to paper. I honestly felt compelled to write their story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I get some of my best ideas just as I am nodding off to sleep and end up scrawling down notes in the dark, so that I won’t forget them. In the morning I have the interesting task of deciphering my handwriting and seeing if any of the ideas are workable. It’s a bit like automatic writing but without the ghosts!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Pablo Neruda – Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Sarah Waters – Fingersmith, Iain Banks – The Wasp Factory, Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife, David Mitchell – Ghostwritten, Kate Atkinson – Not the End of the World, F. Scott Fitzgerald – Tender Is the Night and Ian McEwan – Atonement, to name just a few.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a three-book series of standalone romance novels, which are connected through various locations and characters.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
It can be hard to tell which method is most effective, but I use Facebook the most – the community of fellow readers and writers is generally friendly and supportive. I also frequent Twitter and Pinterest, but I don’t try to keep up with all social media outlets as I simply don’t have the time.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I’ve only had one book published so far, so it feels a little presumptuous to advise other writers, but I would say: don’t let fear hold you back, always have a pen and paper to hand, and keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Choose to be happy.
What are you reading now?
You by Caroline Kepnes, which is highly addictive.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have lots of other ideas for stories in my head that I’d like to write, and several started projects, which I’d like to return to and finish. Ultimately I am going to keep writing for as long as I am able!
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s a very difficult question, but maybe … If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor.