You have written three books, Satchfield Hall, Magnolia House and Sometimes It Happens, how would you describe the type of books that you write?
Passionate and emotional. I like to write about events that happen and the effect they have on the lives of my characters. In Magnolia House after Jane Leonard gave half of her house to her only son, nothing prepared her for the consequences of this generous gift. In Satchfield Hall, Celia Bryant-Smythe’s indiscretion with her lover sets in motion a chain of event that will take a lifetime to unravel. And, Sometimes It Happens… winning the lottery changed Doreen Wilkinson’s life, but not in the way she had expected. I like to hope my books will make readers smile, maybe laugh out loud from time to time and maybe shed a tear or two!
2. Do you have a typical writing routine or any superstitions like a lucky pen or notebook?
No to both really. Though, I prefer to write in the late afternoon mainly because most of my commitments of the day are dealt with by then. I can’t settle to write if things are still buzzing around in my head. As for anything lucky, well our two little doggies normally curl up with me!
3. You have a blog, facebook and Twitter page, do you think that social networking has become more important to authors and what do you enjoy about it?
Today, social networking is essential to create awareness of my books and for me to get to know people and people to get to know of me. In the last couple of years I have met some amazing peeps on Twitter and Facebook and some I would even call friends. I have even sold a few books there too! Living down here on our little pebble in the ocean can feel a little cut off so it is great to talk to like minded people about books and writing.
4. You are just one of 30 authors who have been asked to join loveahappyending.com can you tell us a little about the site and what it means to you?
I am really honoured to be one of the 30 authors invited to show case my writing. Loveahappyending.com is a new and exciting web site that concentrates on two main areas: reader power and helping new authors to the market place. Readers are welcomed to join the group as Associate Readers. Being an Associate Reader means you can get involved with the authors, finding out what goes on behind the scenes and so much more. Social Media plays an important role for getting messages out there about the authors, their books and reviews. Of recent there has also been some media coverage too. Loveahappyending.com is international there are Associate Readers and authors from the UK, USA, Canada and even me from the Canary Isles! If anyone is interested in becoming an Associate Reader, please visit www.loveahappyending.com There is so much going on. In fact, I am the editor for the online chatty magazine The Fizz and also Head of Communications. Everyone in the group gets involved giving some of their time to making sure this amazing initiative is a great success for all involved.
5. Finally, what books do you like reading yourself, do you have a particular favourite?
I love murder mystery, thrillers, sagas, quite a mixed bag, but this year I have read mainly new author books on my Kindle! And I can say there are some amazing books out there, many of the books are debut novels from unknown authors. Great reads all of them.
Pauline has just told me that with her new editor, Jo Field she is re-editing and re-polishing Magnolia House and Satchfield Hall. I asked her why?
For my latest book Sometimes It Happens…I had the wonderful Helen Hollick who was my mentor and editor and she helped me make this book sparkle and I want my other two novels to have that same high polish. I will re-launch both books later this year with new covers too. These will be designed by Avalon Graphics, Cathy Helm who designed that fabby cover for Sometimes It Happens… I am also working on my book 4. It’s a busy, but an exciting time!