Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write young adult books, partly because I'm an overgrown teenager and partly because I can write the kick butt heroines I adore. I'm also a kickboxer who dreams of empowering girls and guys around the globe to believe in themselves, to take care and follow their own dreams. I've written lots of books and hopefully I'll write lots more!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Infiltration is the story of an elite teen solder who is sent back in time to complete an important mission but when she gets there, she finds the world is not what she was expecting and then has to make her own way in life. It's Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets The Terminator, only with a kick butt girl heroine instead of Arnie. Yep, for this story I wore my inspiration on my sleeve!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nope, I'm very boring and basically I just sit down and write – because if I'm not writing, I'm not a writer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Too many to name. Every time I read a good book, I wish I'd written it. I was particularly cross with myself when I read The Hunger Games because a book about teens pitted against each other in a fight to the death is exactly what I should have written. I'm a kickboxer and am passionate about self-defence so that fits my interests perfectly.
What are you working on now?
I'm turning the tables and am working on a series of rock star romances because I'm a bit of a rock chick. The books have cool titles such as 'Holler & Howl' and 'Down & Dirty.' I'm not cool but the book titles are!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Ooh, this is a difficult question. I write the best books that I can possibly write and I think this is key in any promotion because you have to have a good product in the first place. And books have always sold by word of mouth.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If this is your passion, then follow your heart and do it. Personally, I didn't want to get to 80 and then look back and think I should have done that. You only have now, so now is the best time to start.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just do it – yes, I'm aware this is the Nike tagline but it has also always been my life motto.
What are you reading now?
A biography of Dave Grohl because I am a huge Foo Fighters fan and I'm constantly doing research into rock stars. Dave is the perfect rock star because he insists he isn't one. Anthony Keidis' Scar Tissue is also an excellent rock book.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finish my series of rock star romances; write a killer YA book after that; then another one; then conquer the world.
What is your favorite book of all time?
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
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