Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have had a rough few years; in 2013 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and in 2014 I had to have brain surgery and then radiotherapy. It has left me unable to work because of my many symptoms so I was looking for something which I could do with my time and limited physical ability. A friend had said to me that writing about my experiences might be a way for me to really process what happened to me. So I began writing, I have written three books about different stages of my journey.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called 'I want to live, not just survive'. It is the story of my year or so of travelling, I wanted to cram as many experiences as I could, while I could. Hopefully, it will inspire other people to live life to the full and want to experience life and not wait until they don't have a choice.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't think that I do. I do have random ideas at all times so I keep a notebook by my bedside to write in, whenever I get an idea.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am in a book club and I have read lots of different authors and genres. Growing up I read my mum's books which were mainly Catherine Cookson type. The book has made me look wider. My favourite books are 'Me before you' by Jo Jo Moyles and 'The Host' by Stephanie Mayer.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a fictional book about women going through the process of divorce and adjusting to their new lives. I and many friends many friends have been through the process, so I feel that I have a lot of knowledge and experience in this area. It is scarier because this is totally different for me but I have really enjoyed writing and it suits me too.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am still learning the best ways to promote my book, I have researched and tried many ways but as yet I haven't established what is the most effective way.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I think my best advice is to just start writing and do it naturally, I didn't read any advice before I started because I didn't want to be constantly thinking 'oh should I be doing it this way' as I think that would have affected my writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To find your own voice, if everyone wrote in the same way books would be boring. What makes them exciting is that there are so many different types.
What are you reading now?
Chris Evans' autobiography 'It's not what you think'.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Writing my next book and seeing how it is received.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The wolves of Willoghby chase, I read it as a child and it has stuck with me.
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