1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I LOVE writing, and I have a very vivid imagination. It was round about this time, two years ago, that I woke up and told myself; ‘I am going to write a book.’ And that is what I did. I wrote, and wrote, and wrote. I’m not the sort of person who can do a 9-5 job. I needed something which I could do anytime, day or night. And wherever I am. Preferably in a hot, exotic location, sipping something ice cold and bubbly. . . MATCHES has delivered on all of these things, but I didn’t realise how hard you have to work. Writing is not for the feint hearted!
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I don’t have one. I write either during the night, or during the day. It depends on my mood and where I am.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I write through it. Even if I think it’ll all be deleted. I don’t believe in writers block. I just write, write, write, till I get to where I need to be.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? Big plotter at the start. I think planning is fundamental for continuity. But, my plots/plans are very rough. They are a guideline. They constantly change, develop and grow! It’s amazing what you end up with, compared to what you start with.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advise to aspiring authors? I self-published. It’s hard work! Be ambitious, committed and confident. Take the low times in your stride, dig deep and keep writing till you finish.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? I have literally just become a published author. So my journey is just beginning. . . but the highlight is without question having my book out there, available to all, across the world. I am so excited to find my audience, and to drive MATCHES forward.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish.
Victoria is broken, lost and neglected. Her philandering older husband, Ralph, has spiralled out of control. The multimillionaire tycoon is on a journey of self-destruction, destroying everything in his way.
Ultra-cool Kim doesn’t do love – until she meets Omar. But her unconventional arrangement and a dark secret, turns her world upside down. James is naive, and too nice for his own good. Married to the neurotic and psychopathic Amanda, who will stop at nothing to satisfy her desire to destroy Victoria, taking all that she has. From mansions in Wimbledon Village, exclusive parties in Mayfair, to penthouses in Knightsbridge and first class travel across the world. Matches sizzles with passion, jealousy, greed, betrayal, sexual hedonism and secrets. Dramatic events rock their moral compasses. Explosive living leaves many wounded. Their decisions and actions will dictate who can forgive and who will get out alive. . .
8.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? When I’m not writing a sizzling novel, you can find me sipping a freezing cold flute of champagne in an exotic, preferably hot location. Or eating in some of the finest restaurants in my beloved London. At all other times, I am either shopping, reading, watching box sets, or taking long strolls on Wimbledon Common with the love of my life.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) I am still learning this. . . but social media is a great tool! I have met some wonderful people.
10.How would you describe your writing style?10.How much of your books are realistic / based on true experiences/ people? I was inspired by a collection of things, but I always think your imagination needs to be based and contextualised by some reality. I write about places that I know, and whilst my characters are not based on anyone individual, I have taken character traits from many people I know and exaggerated some of them. . .
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