Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi there, I live in Scotland and I’m proud to call Glasgow my home. If I’m not writing or drinking wine or dreaming…then I’m reading. Audio book, ebook, paperback, I’ll take them all but audio is my current muse. Being published has been the realisation of a very personal dream. At the moment, I have two books published and two more in the works.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I was inspired to write The Braille Club Unbound because I still had so much to share with my readers. It is the second book in my series and picks up where book one, The Braille Club, left off. This book has four different stories intertwined with four different endings. There are new and familiar characters to keep things interesting.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
For me, I judge a book by it’s ending; The story can be complex and well written but if the ending lets it down, then I always feel disappointed. I like to write my ending first. When I say ending I mean my climax right at the end of my book with usually involves the main characters. Each of my books has at least three separate stories running through it. My other two stories have endings too, which I normally write as the plot develops.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I remember Virginia Andrews was a big influence growing up. The book, Flowers in the Attic held me spellbound. Her storytelling and prose were faultless. Her books left a lasting impression on me. I like a good detective novel or thriller. I’ve read many of John Sandford, Peter James and Jeffery Devear. They are my guilty pleasure. I recently read The Sandman by Lars Keplar, it was by far my standout book of 2015.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the third book in my series, The Braille Club Undone, and it’s in the latter stages. Although the bones of my ending are down on paper, I still have to flesh out the chapters. This book has a gripping finale and some of the scenes will be difficult to write. I’m almost at this point and always put my house in order before I begin, which means editing what I’ve already written. My fourth book, The Braille Club Reborn is already underway with the main characters and the ending in place.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I like Twitter and Facebook. They allow me to connect with my readers as well as promote. Goodreads is great too. Your readers are your biggest fans so I don’t spam them with promotions. I share my work in progress updates and upcoming events. I show teasers and promotional stuff but I try to keep a good balance.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, I do. Patience. Patience is what is required to go the distance as a published writer. Building your brand takes time and lots of hard work. Connect with your readers. The more you give, the more you get in return.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I think you worry about your work and how it will be received, but an editor I met was very pragmatic. “Be published and be damned, if the story is good, then with hard work the rest will follow.” I told him I was worried about my sentence structure and my punctuation but he shook his head. “It’s always about the story. If it’s good you’re on solid foundations, the rest can be corrected.”
What are you reading now?
The Vanished Ones by Donato Crissia
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’d like to adapt my books into a script for a television drama series. That is my next adventure and I’m looking forward to it.
What is your favorite book of all time?
To Kill a Mocking Bird