Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I've had a meandering career which diversified into motherhood about a decade ago. It's early days for me in the writing world and although I've spent lots of time making stuff up it's only recently that I've actually managed to get anything down into a book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It's Killing Jerry is my debut novel and there are lots of themes running through it which I've picked up from everyday life. The difficulties associated with divorce and moving on, the trials of a new baby in the house, a difficult boss and financial pressures are all things that will resonate with your average person. I've pulled them all together to add up to murder.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Writing IKJ I found myself lost in visualisations of the scenes on a regular basis. Great for getting down immersive descriptions, not so good if you're driving the car at the time!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Janet Evanovich, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaimen, Robert Rankin and JK Rowling are all long term favourites, each quite different but all able to construct characters that stay with you.
What are you working on now?
I'm mapping out the sequel to It's Killing Jerry. Still early days and lots to do.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm really only testing promotion now so I'll have to wait and see on that one!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Commit as much time as you can – it's a lengthy process so the more time you put in the faster you'll get there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading Relatively Strange by Marilyn Messik and really enjoying it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm working on the sequel to It's Killing Jerry.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Sooo difficult to pin down. Good Omens and Neverwhere by Neil Gaimen I've read multiple times. The first Harry Potter is completely full of wonder and the series as a whole is very special. No, you can't make me do it – I won't choose!