Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I love the sea, painting, singing, the colour purple and we always seem to have family and friends visiting form UK and abroad – love it!
Steve and I have three grown up children. One who will do anything for a Beano annual (he is deafblind and autistic): one who organises and loves LARP and one who is an amazing dog trainer!
After being qualified as a teacher (1984), I worked as a teacher of the deaf, an intervenor (for deafblind), a special needs teacher and became a fully qualified BSL sign language interpreter (1995).
To further my understanding of the body and mind I studied psychology, nutrition, iridology, herbalism, Swedish massage and epigenetics.
My university thesis questioned an education system that was using an approach (based on the ability to hear) to teach deaf children to read. I am passionate about all children being able to enjoy reading.
I have written two short story for competitions: ‘Skate For Love’ (Romance) and ‘Apple Cake From The Grave’ (Paranormal) – both were selected for publication. This gave me the confidence that someone out there likes my writing style.
I enjoy reading fantasy, personal and spiritual growth and YA paranormal. Ever since I wrote and put on my first play in Junior School – a puppet version of 'Beauty & the Beast', I have continued in my passion for writing. However, only now am I finally putting them into print! I do have a list of books ready to polish and write.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
'Nipples to Kneecaps – to die or not to die with cancer'. Inspired by my husband who in 1986 was given three months to live and sent home to die. It is a true, inspirational book. Steve is alive and well today.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I often do a short meditation before I write. I write best at bedtime!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My reading passion started with my first visit to Wombourne Library. I was ten years old and immediately started devouring all books by Eleanor Hibbert under her various pseudonyms e.g Jean Plaidy for fictionalized history of European royalty; Victoria Holt for gothic romances, and Philippa Carr for a multi-generational family saga.
Influenced me growing up? D H Lawrence, ‘The Rainbow’, Plato ‘Socrates’, Richard Bach, ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ and Diana Gabaldon ‘Cross stitch (Outlander)’. I could go on!!
On a serious note in recent years: Oliver James 'Contented Dementia' (has been a great help with my mother).
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the audio version of ‘Nipples to Kneecaps – to die or not to die with cancer’ and at the proof reading stage with ‘Bonegirl’, a supernatural shamanic mystery for children.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am new to promoting books and in the early days, but I feel, so far, Facebook has been my best method.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write for competitions if you are unsure about your work. If you get placed, it might give you the confidence to go for the bog book! Write every day. I have hundreds of notebooks stored. I pull them out from time to time and they inspire me.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My family mottos: Believe in yourself and everything is possible. A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
The words my dad struggled out just before he died, “Happy, Happy!” He was happy and wanted us to be happy. Happiness comes from within. Only you can make yourself happy. It is not someone else’s responsibility.
What are you reading now?
I am reading books by two new (for me) authors: Beatrice Sand ‘House of Guardians – Sons of the Olympian Gods’ (Paranormal Romance) and D.S.Murphy ‘Shearwater: A mermaid romance’
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to polish and get my other books out there: 'He’ll Never Talk' (true, inspirational story about our deaf blind son); my various children’s stories: 'ChickenSpots', 'Spotty Nose Eleven', 'Magic Herbs' (fanstasy); 'The Devil’s Daughter' (adult paranormal romance) and more…
To write: Book 2 of the Bonegirl series
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s so difficult. I want one in each genre, but okay 'Jonathon Livingston Seagul'l because it is inspirational.