She gets her superpowers from Coffee. Cake. Coffee. Chocolate. Curry. And coffee. Read on and find out more…
According to Wikipedia, ‘a superhero is a type of heroic character possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena, or superhuman powers and is dedicated to a moral goal or protecting the public.’ Sounds like a writer to me!
Join me as another one of these unsung superheroes invites into their personal ‘batcave’.
If you were to write the ‘origins 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?
Wow! What a question! Well, I would start with an eighteen year old typing away on an old Olivetti electric typewriter. I had the kind with the tippex ribbon… I wore that out pretty quickly. Then, there would be some kind of scene about the amount of false starts, self-doubt, and giving up I went through over the years before I did finally write a novel. Back then, I wanted to write science-fiction. I still do, and I still have the same self-doubt over it. I’m a geek and a trekkie; what I don’t know about sci-fi is miniscule but I still reckon I couldn’t write it. I should just do it, huh?
A few years later and we’d see a scene where I was on the telephone to my sister-in-law Vikki and we were talking about Pride & Prejudice. By the time I got off the phone my first novel, Charlotte was all plotted out and I was raring to go. The novel was completed in three months.
Thankfully for me, and sadly for you, there is no evidence of those earlier stories in existence…I hope! 😉
All superheroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.
It’d be something zany, like me. Hmm…let me think… Pyjama woman, who wears pyjamas with Betty Boop or Snoopy. Maybe even PJs with sarcastic comments on! Oh, yes, then I’d have to be sarcasm woman. Oh, yes. That one! Sarcasm woman. I’d sarcasm my enemies to death! Yeah! (whilst wearing groovy sarcastic pyjamas!)
Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?
Bottom-less coffee pot girl, would have to be one of my side kicks. I am more or less 90% caffeine-fuelled.
Secondly, I’d be accompanied by Optimism boy who can shoot down pessimism at 100 paces! Seriously, I can’t deal with pessimism. Can you imagine this trio of utter destruction?
Where do you get your superpowers from?
Coffee. Cake. Coffee. Chocolate. Curry. And coffee. Did I mention coffee?
Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?
Oooh, I can’t tell you or I’d have to shoot you! LOL No, really, you want to know? Pink. It’d be pink with crocheted blankets. I love crochet blankets. There would be HUGE comfy armchairs; the kind you get stuck in and have to be winched out of. An industrial-sized coffee machine would be in the corner and there would be a vintage TV in the corner. Oh, and a lovely river-stone fireplace, like in America. Basically, my lair would look like your granny’s house!
What kind of training do you do to keep your superpowers in world saving form? How do you insure they are used only for good?
I do stretches. Lots of stretches. Up to the top shelf of the larder to reach the coffee canister. That kind of stretch. I run a lot. No, I don’t; that was a lie. Also, I spend a lot of time in my pyjamas. Otherwise they’d just feel so odd and uncomfortable when I’m out saving the planet from pessimism and infusing it with lashings of sarcasm. You know what I mean. You do.
It’s hard to keep sarcasm in check and not use it for evil… it’s a daily struggle, believe me.
Granted, you probably don’t get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?
*Looks about shiftily* Yeah, I do. All. Day. Long. Every. Day. Think about it…I chose a career where I work at home, everything is done online, and I rarely see another human-being. Other than Optimism boy and Bottomless coffee pot girl, that is. They wear pyjamas too… natty ones with coffee cups and smiley faces on them.
What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced in your writing?
When the coffee runs out or if there’s a water shortage; those are my biggest fears. Thank heavens that’s never happened. But I am not sure I could save the world if they did happen. Lex Luther, you aren’t reading this, are you? LOL Being tired is also a hindrance. I realised recently that even superheroes need to sleep! Can you believe that?!
What was the supervillain that threatened to stop your latest project and how did you vanquish it?
Hmm…. *taps chin with finger* Pessimismo! Oh, yes. Him. My arch-nemesis! His powers are rife in the world. Everywhere you go you can see the effects of Pessimismo. He is pure evil. Stay away from him. He has tried to thwart my plans to dominate the world with happy-ending fiction by sabotaging my computer, jinxing the internet, and by turning the western world into a frenzy of unhappiness. I combat him by putting on an Ella Fitzgerald CD and dancing around the kitchen – in my pyjamas, of course, and trying to sing along until I am crumpled on the floor in a fit of laughter. Pessimismo’s kryptonite is laughter! Remember that one, folks!
What important lessons have you learned along the way?
Always laugh. Always help others out. A few minutes of your time can mean the whole world to someone else. And never, ever, ever be sensible if you can help it. Combining all of these things will make the world a much, much better place. Trust me, I know; I’m a super hero, remember?
What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?
I’ve won awards, met some amazing people, and failed a few times. It’s all memorable. If you’re not messing up now and again, you’re not learning. Most writers are introverted and learning to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while is great. It teaches you so much and you’ll gain new friends along the way. I have some fabulous friends and we get up to all kinds of shenanigans together, but we’re always there for each other. So, the best for me is all the friends I’ve made as an author.
If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?
I want to say nothing. I know, lame answer. But I mean it. I wouldn’t change a thing. If I changed something I wouldn’t be who I am today. My writing wouldn’t be what it is and neither would my books be the same. However, having said that, I think I would have learnt to be less emotionally involved with my work sooner. It’s easier if you do that!
What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why.
Don’t take yourself too seriously! Being an entrepreneur, which is what all indie authors are, is hard work. I’m not going to lie and say it isn’t. It’s a full-time job with part-time pay. But, if you take it and yourself too seriously and don’t have fun, you won’t enjoy the journey. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life’s a journey, not a destination.” He’s right; don’t be a miserable so-an-so all along the journey! Smell the roses and muck around! (in pyjamas preferably!)
Tell us about you new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.
Ooh, time to be serious, huh? Well, on 15th July I published my eighth novel! Yeah, eighth! Wow, I can scarcely believe it myself!
It’s about Edward, the middle of the Emberton Brothers. Edward is the driven one out of the three. He has spent years working hard at achieving his dream. He’s a politician and dreams of being Prime Minister of Britain one day. He knows the advantages there are to be had in marrying and is eager to find a bride from amongst the set who will help advance his career.
Frances Davenport is the daughter of a lord. She is privileged and has led a life that has had its ups and downs…literally speaking 😉 She’s a little naughty. She doesn’t believe there is one single man out there who can please her as a husband and is resigned to that fact. Until she meets Edward, that is…
It’s available exclusively through Amazon and Kindle Unlimited for the first 90 days for all you KU fans. And for the first week only it’s at 99 cents! On the 22nd July it goes up to full price, so it’s worth grabbing yourself, your mum, your teacher, your milkman, everyone a copy before then!
What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?
First, I am going to finish a Christmas Pride & Prejudice book. It’s going to take place approximately six months after the end of Wickham and I know my readers are desperate for that.
After that…now don’t laugh…after that I want to try and write the Young Adult Sci-fi/thriller that’s been in my head for six months. I want to try my hand at it. As you know from one of the earlier questions, it’s something I really want to do. So, I’m going to give it a go.
Some of my readers have asked for more contemporary women’s fiction from me too, so I think I’ll write some more of that.
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