Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an author, therapist and International Public Speaker. After 35 years in the public and voluntary sectors, I discovered my entrepreneurial mojo, took early retirement and retrained as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist.
I specialise in helping women at midlife. My first book was Hot Women Cool Solutions and it provides women with a range of options for dealing with menopause symptoms.
Following the success of that book, I wrote How to Survive Her Menopause to help partners understand their loved ones' experience and support them.
In 2012, I joined forces with leading nutritionist Jenny Tschiesche to write cool recipes for hot women.
I have also contributed to several other books including the Quick Fix series, which I wrote with Kay Newton.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My new book is Hot Women Rock: How to Discover Your Midlife Entrepreneurial Mojo. I was invited to speak at a women's conference in India in May 2016 and I thought this would be an interesting topic. I had excellent feedback from the audience.
While I was writing the book, I mentioned it to a number of my women colleagues and they shared with me their stories of midlife change. So I decided to include their inspirational stories in the second part of this book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I always create a mind map before I start writing. It begins with the subjects of the chapters and then I develop the content around it. I always keep the mind map on my desk while I am writing to keep me on track.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Dr David Hamilton's books on the subject of mind/body connection. He makes scientific research and concepts easy to understand.
Trevor Silvester trained me to be a hypnotherapist and he has written a number of books to which I refer.
Marci Shimoff's book, Happy for No Reason, is a great read and well laid out.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently involved in the creation of the audio-book of Hot Women Rock. After that, I will probably take a break before the next project that is on my list.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I had a dedicated website for my first book and I still use that to promote my books and to provide bonus material.
Facebook has developed greatly in the years since I have been writing. I love Facebook Live as it allows me to talk directly to my readers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write some content for your book every day even if it's only a paragraph. Don't get overwhelmed by the size of the task.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Decide what the purpose of your book is before you start writing.
What are you reading now?
The Observations, by Jane Harris.
What’s next for you as a writer?
What is your favorite book of all time?
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.