How long have you been writing?
Since junior high school. My teachers would limit me to 10 pages or less when writing. I once wrote them a story that took up 3 exercise books! I then became a reporter for our school magazine/newspaper and then Editor. After school and while at college, I wrote short stories for Women’s’ magazines. One of them has been re-written and will be available soon. Keep an eye out for The Psychic.
Will there be a sequel to Judgement of Souls?
Yes. Judgement of Souls is a trilogy. I will be working my way back in the series - so a prequel rather than a sequel. Judgement of Souls 2: The Call of the Righteous is well under way. It spans over 300 years for my characters (apart from Daniel) and then after that I have Book 1. That will be about the parents of my main character Rachel. How they found the book, Rachel’s birth etc. What my plan is, is to have all three books stand alone when read, but if you start from the first book to the last book, will be one complete book, no gaps at the start, continuous.
Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
I’d like to think I was more like Rachel (without the vampiric tendency). Rachel goes through her life observing and looking for some meaning to her own life. She would like to be part of the life of mortals, but she finds it hard to relate so she is often alone.
What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
It really wouldn’t be a secret then would it! The only thing I can give away, is that even though I have always loved Gothic music, fashion and architecture and I dress mainly in dark colours (I love the colour black). My secret is that at times, I’d like to wear pink!
If your real life as a teenager was a Young Adult book, what would you, the main character, be like?
I hope that she would be the logical person in a group of other teenagers. The level headed character that solves problems and can get herself out of scrapes. And then become the least likely to get the handsome hero, but proves to be the most worthy so she does.
What book have you read too many times to count?
I don’t tend to read them over and over. That’s awful I know. I love Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicle books, Lestat is my favourite vampire. But I have read a lot of Stephen King too and the only book I have read twice is The Stand, mainly because it was a bit complicated and I skipped over a few bits so I had to go back and re-read it.
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Write the type of book that you would like to read.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I could do it. You always wish that you could write a book but you never believe that you could write more that 10,000 words! Without realising, I wrote 90,000 when it was finished. (Edited it dropped quite a bit). I realised how inspiring it was to invent a character and then follow their lives and know that I created that life.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I have 3 little dogs that keep me busy. But I also love taking pictures and I live in an area with a coastline to one side and mountains on the other. In between that, there are castles, ruined cathedrals and lush valleys. I’m spoilt for choice.
Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The Underground Palace (Daniel and Tobey’s nightclub) is a REAL place. It’s called Bogiez but the characters/clientele is based on people that go to the club. The club used to be in an old Gothic church so what I described is real. I don’t go as often as I should, but each time I left the club, I was always inspired to write some of the things that had happened there.
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