Last updated 29/10/16
Do you have an agent?
No. At this time I am without representation.
What are you working on right now?
I am now working on book three in the Djinn series: Bloodjinn, and the Djinn short, Will Survive. Between these, I am also working on a vampire dystopian novel: Blood Sisters (working title) and a few other novel projects.
Who is your Editor?
My editor is the brilliant Lauren McKellar. I highly recommend her to other self-publishing authors. She has a great eye and a bubbly personality. You can click on her name to go to her site.
Who designs your covers?
The covers for Djinn and Blooders was designed by Claudia of Phat Puppy Art.
The covers for my Will short stories (Will Power, Will Choose, Will Survive, Will Prevail) were designed by Rebecca Berto of Berto Designs.
Both these designers are brilliant and I recommend both for all authors in need of a professional and reasonable priced cover.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write. I mean, write a lot. Write every day until you die. Keep a notebook and pen on you at all times, you don’t know when inspiration will strike. Read even more than you write. Of course don’t ever give up; if you want to be an author, you will be an author.
Do you review books?
Usually yes, but at the moment because I am putting a lot of my time into self-publishing I will not being reviewing any books at the moment.
Who are your inspirations?
I will probably sound cliche but I’ve always been a great Harry Potter fan. It was the series that grew up with me, that I lined up to buy when a new on came out. I even wrote fan fiction when I was younger…please, no one go looking for it, I’m sure it’s horrible. So I will say J.K. Rowling is a huge inspiration in my writing.
Recently it has been Amanda Hocking though. Rowling may have inspired me to become a writer, but it was Amanda Hocking who pushed me to be an author. I think I’ve read everything I can find on her (hope that doesn’t make me a stalker). I researched her because she made her dream happen. She didn’t wait around for someone to decide she was good enough; she decided she was good enough. Hocking worked hard to get where she is now and she had inspired me so often to realise if I want to be an Author than I need to put all of myself into it. I can’t just write one book, send it off and do nothing for six months. I need to be constantly writing and working on honing my craft.
Lastly I will mention my mum, Michelle, and my partner, Lyall, who have always supported me in my decisions, offered opinions, and cheered me up when I was low. There is no way I would have got anywhere without them.
Tell us a random story from your life.
When I was in primary school I will admit though I loved making up stories I wasn’t the biggest reader. A friend of mine gave me a book to read. It was Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone. Now, this was well before Harry Potter was the popular series it is today. I remember flicking through that tiny book, turn to my friend and say “How important is it that I read the first chapter?”
The thought of that story still makes me laugh today. I can’t believe that I wouldn’t want to read a book and Harry Potter at that!
Harry Potter was the book that got me into books.