A superhero in shimmery pink and hanging out with Unicorns…read on and find out more…
If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes? What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?
Oooh, what a scary thought that someone might find my very early writing efforts and read them. I’d better make sure they are well hidden. I started writing seriously after a chronic illness sent me to bed for a long time. I’d read a thousand books before my husband brought home an old laptop and said …”You’ve always wanted to have more time to write, so instead of reading books why not start writing them.”
Best thing that ever happened to me. And the next best thing was joining Romance Writers of Australia and doing lots of classes so my writing could start to look professional.
All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.
Hmmm, I guess something many people don’t know about me is that I lived for 14 years in Pacific countries, where I was a mother and child nurse and breastfeeding counsellor. So I still get frequent calls for help from either new parents or from parents I’ve helped before who are now having grandchildren. And I love babies so I do love helping.
Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?
My partners in crime are definitely my online writing friends around the world. Their superpowers are always having the right answer to all my questions about history, writing, and publishing. I couldn’t survive without them all.
Where do you get your superpowers from?
One of my online groups of writing friends is the ‘Unicorns’. We used our combined super powers to battle a common enemy and without them I wouldn’t be nearly as strong. There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I have them to bolster my confidence and make me feel invincible.
And I love being able to share my superpowers with them in return.
Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?
My secret lair is an office stuffed full of old history books, quite often covered in a layer of dust. My secret obsession is scouring second hand books sales to find the old and obscure history books that yield the most fascinating bits and pieces that I love using in my books.
Granted, you probably don’t’ get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?
That’s easy as my favorite color is pink. I wear pink most days, my laptop is pink, and one day I’ll have a pink car, so naturally my costume would be shimmery pink and naturally I’d look stunning in it, or so I’d like to pretend.
What is your kryptonite?
My kryptonite is reading, reading, and more reading. I’ve always believed that we can learn anything we need from books, even how to combat supervillains.
What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing?
My biggest challenge has been moving forward when health problems slow me down. I’ve sometimes felt I take one step forward and two back, but I’m stubborn and determined so I keep plodding along. So my supervillain has been pain and the only way to vanquish it has been to keep working, even if some days I’m working at snail’s pace.
What important lessons have you learned along the way?
I’ve definitely learned that perseverance will eventually let you arrive at your goal, so never give up.
What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?
My most memorable times have been going to writing conferences and meeting the people I only usually talk to online. It’s so much fun meeting them face to face.
If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change.
Well, I wouldn’t have a chronic illness if I’d had the choice. LOL! but some things are out of our hands and we have to make the best of the cards we’re dealt in life.
Tell us about you new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.
I’m very excited about latest book as it is Book 2 in my Scandalous Siblings series of historical romances featuring five siblings who are all scientifically gifted. This second book is about Laura, the most unruly of them all, who is a herbalist and perfumer maker determined to use her extra sensitive nose to sniff out the men who tried to kill her and who have assaulted other members of her family. These men have made illegal share trading deals and need Laura and her siblings to hand over their own more accurate predictions for railway expansions, after which there is no doubt they will finally eliminate Laura and her helpers.
I do love feisty heroines, especially ones who are also very intelligent ladies.
I have two more books about to be released. A contemporary medical story set in the Australian outback (Outback Arrival) and a Regency Noir set in London (Four Times A Virgin).
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