Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a former journalist and public relations consultant, who writes for both kids and young adults. My first book was a picture book called A Lot of Things, which was self-published. It was followed up with two children’s books released by Pan Macmillan—The Frank Frankie and Frankie Goes To France. My debut young adult novel, When The World Was Flat (and we were in love), and its follow-up, In The Beginning There Was Us, are available now through e-book retailers.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
In The Beginning There Was Us was inspired by a beautiful autumn sky, pale blue and dotted with clouds. It made me wonder whether we were all stuck inside a painting. The story evolved from there to a science fiction thriller, with more than a side of romance (I adore romance!)
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I never write in the same location. I write all over the house—on the lounge, at the kitchen table, in the bedroom and even in the bath! I also write on the go—either with my laptop as a passenger in the car or on my iPhone while out and about.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite young adult author is Sarah Dessen. I’m also a big fan of Rainbow Rowell. Their books are very much contemporary romance, which I like to think my novels are also centered in (albeit with a splash of science fiction.)
What are you working on now?
I’m working on my third young adult novel, which is of the same genre as my first two. The title is The Day We Lived Forever and without giving away too much, it explores superpowers from a scientific standpoint. The story is, of course, a romance at its heart.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
A combination of twitter and my blog on my website. I love using hashtags to connect with others on twitter, particularly bloggers. The blogging community is my greatest twitter discovery!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Have faith. I’ve experienced the highs and lows of the publishing industry first hand. You have to believe in yourself and in your work in order to keep going.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I read a blog post by Beth Revis once that was about negative reviews. She said that she has friends who hate ice-cream, puppies and Harry Potter. And her own husband hates chocolate. She said if there are people in the world who hate ice-cream, puppies, Harry Potter and chocolate, then there will be people who hate your book.
What are you reading now?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’d really like to continue to build an audience for my young adult books and hopefully sell the print rights. My number one priority though is to keep writing.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Gah! Just one? Probably Brother Night by Victor Kelleher. It breaks my heart every time I read it. I dare you to check it out and not cry.