Tell us a little about yourself. I spent 25 years working in law and hated most of it. All I have ever wanted to do is write. Now I have
retired and am in the enviable position to be able to do so. I cherish every day when I can sit and let my imagination take me to another world.
What is the title and genre of your book, and who published it? I now have fourteen published books, including six children’s books. My first children’s book was published in 1998 by a small press in Norfolk, England but it was a milestone for me. Since then I have had two books published with Solstice Publishing, and the others I have decided to self-publish.
Tell us a little about your books. I have recently teamed up with an illustrator and we have produced four children’s books together. I have another children’s book with another illustrator, and have re-published by original book. The other nine books are print and e-book and mostly mysteries and crime thrillers.
What inspires you to write? I get inspired by anything really. If I see a dog playing or a squirrel hanging from a tree I go home and write about it. In fact, my friends joke and say they never tell me anything anymore in case I might write a story about it!
When did you first start writing? At school I used to take a notebook and find a quiet corner of the playing field and write anything and everything that came to mind. I became runner-up in a national short story writing competition when I was sixteen, and that encouraged me to keep going.
What authors have most influenced you? How? Why? Because of my career in law, I love crime thrillers and have to say John Grisham is one of my favourites because of his focus on courtroom dramas. As for children’s literature, because I love to write anthropomorphic books, I love Watership Down and it’s author Richard Adams.
How and where have you marketed your work? I rely on social networking and more recently have started a website, Your Book – Your Choice, to showcase books in a variety of genres for all authors who would like to be featured.
Do you have other publishing credits? A couple of my children’s books have received five-star reviews and awards from Readers Favorite.
What is your current writing project? I have an idea for a Christmas classic. My son and I mentioned over Christmas that it’s always the same films shown and we need something fresh. So he said, “Why don’t you write one?” It wasn’t long before I came up with an idea. Top secret, of course.
Where can your books be purchased? All my books are on Amazon.
What advice would you give to a new writer? Just believe in your ability, read lots of books in the genre you write in, and find a beta reader.
What do you wish to say to your readers? When I write I become the characters. Some are likeable, some are questionable. But I write from the heart.