I write contemporary romance with lots of humour and spice. As a girl growing up, I was lost in the world of Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. I now live in Porepunkah in the Alpine Valley of North East Victoria, Australia with my husband, daughter, two dogs and 12 chooks.
When I’m not doing the whole mum thing, working at a homelessness agency, renovating our farmhouse or trying to do laundry bleary-eyed at midnight, I am writing. With two series on the go, and a mind full of ideas, I’ve got a bit going on!
Q. What got you interested in writing?
Like many other authors, I have always loved reading, especially romance novels but I have always enjoyed writing, even for school. When I was at university then joined the workforce, I didn’t think I had time to keep writing creatively. That was until the characters I was day-dreaming about got so loud that I had to write them down. Since then, writing love stories is an addiction I only hold at bay with time constraints.
Q. How long have you been writing?
I wrote stories when I was in primary school- I was sure Unicorn Warriors were real. In high school, I used to write reflectively – normally about boys, friends or underachieving at volleyball. When I read my musings now, I envy the simple things I used to worry about.
I have been writing romance novels in earnest for about five years, but I have also renovated my house, got married and had a baby in that time too!
Q. Do you have any goals/projects in the pipeline?
Absolutely! I would like to complete the series based in Bright, where Beyond Today is set. I have outlined a total of 7 novels for this series.
I have also completed the first part of a romantic suspense trilogy, and I am keen to get started on the second one to see how I go at changing genres.
After that, there are three series that I’ve mapped out that are set in Melbourne and in the country.
Q. What do you like most about writing?
I love the freedom you feel when you let your heart and mind soar, it’s such an empowering, creative outlet. I enjoy building worlds and lives, and taking them on a path (usually a troubled one full of laughter and tears) to get their happy ever after. You don’t often get to be so free and unlike work, I can give everyone a happy ending.
Q. What genre do you write?
I write contemporary romance but I am dabbling in romantic suspense too.
Q. What draws you to this genre?
I like how romance and the search for love has transcended time, but each era faces their own challenges. I also like to write about real people who aren’t perfect, and contemporary romance allows me to include practical issues that we can relate to.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas often come to me when I am out driving around the countryside. I live in a beautiful, peaceful place that can be really inspiring. Music is also a major motivator for me. I spend hours cultivating playlists to suit moods, characters and storylines that pop into my head. This is usually how I flesh out the ideas and build plots.
Q. Tell us about your process, how do you get into a writing mindset?
Because I’m working, have a two-year-old princess/dictator, and a crazy in your face family, I need to be really diligent. So, I decide when I can find an hour or so to write and let everyone know. I have also gone from pantsing to plotting. This has helped me craft better plots and be able to sit at my desk, know where I am up to and what I can finish in the time I have.
Q. What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on the follow up to Beyond Today. I’m completely in love with my Viking-Lumberjack Hero who is all things gorgeous and manly and is as cocky as they come. This is a bit of a challenge, often I read about alpha males who are not just cocky, but are also firmly in the dickhead category and I can’t seem to forgive them. So when it comes to my new alpha, I am keen to get him right. Annie is a beauty too – I am constantly trying to wrangle her on the page but she really likes to misbehave.
Q. Which writers inspire/influence you?
So many! It’s hard to list them but here I go:
- Kristen Ashley – she creates crazy strong female characters that I desperately want to be friends with. She also writes humour and heartache so well that you think about her stories for weeks after you’ve finished. Most influential reads – Rock Chick and Sweet Dreams.
- Penny Reid – Penny Reid is amazing. I have never come across such unique but relatable characters. I feel like I learn about life and strange yet interesting facts when I read her novels. She also has great skill in having characters that your heart bleeds for, without obviously stating why you as a reader should feel that way. Most influential reads – Beard Science and Love Hacked.
- Deborah Harkness. The All Souls trilogy is a paranormal love story the likes I have never read before, but it’s her research and attention to detail that amazes me. These books are so well crafted and the world she creates is so detailed and real, that I can imagine myself there.
Q. What else about your writing journey should we know?
It’s just the beginning. I have two series on the go, with more mapped out. Now, if I could just squeeze an extra day or two in every week, that would be perfect!
Q. Where can we find you!?
Or find my purchase links here!
Boroughs Publishing Group: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/beyond-today
itunes Beyond Today: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/beyond-today/id1314773696?mt=11
itunes Love Sabre: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/love-sabre/id1340063935?mt=11
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