I live in the beautiful Macedon Ranges in Victoria on a few acres, with my husband, two young adult sons, and black lab.
My current series are the Christie Ryan Romantic Mysteries (small town, seaside settings) and the Doctor Grok’s Peculiar Shop paranormal shorts. My short contemporary romance – The Jade Heart – is in the RWA anthology Little Gems: Jade.
Apart from writing, I read as much as possible, love music, good wine and company, animals of all kinds, and visiting future settings for books.
I’m a member of Romance Writers Australia and Australian Romance Readers Assoc.
Q. What got you interested in writing?
I could read and write well before starting school, which I then found boring. I’d scribble stories with stick figure illustrations. As a teen, I used fiction writing as an escape from a difficult home life and still have the outlines of the books I wanted to write tucked away.
Q. How long have you been writing?
A long time! But only seriously for the past three years.
Q. Do you have any goals/projects in the pipeline?
Next year will be full, with a mainstream fiction book, and a new series of seven which is a spin-off of my current series.
Q. What do you like most about writing?
Creating something from nothing. Bringing characters, places, and situations to life for the enjoyment of other readers.
Q. What genre do you write?
Mystery romance and paranormal shorts so far, with some interest in speculative fiction.
Q. What draws you to this genre?
I love puzzles – creating them and solving them – and must have love and happiness in there as well.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
The Stationmaster’s Cottage evolved because I live near a real one and often wondered what secrets it held. I am easily inspired by music, and this book has strong ties to the Icehouse songs Man of Colours and Where the River Meets the Sea.
Q. Tell us about your process, how do you get into a writing mindset?
I procrastinate for a while first. Check social media, put some washing on, or write some advertising copy. It actually helps my subconscious work through what needs doing in the story.
Q. What are you working on at the moment?
Preparing to publish the third in the Christie Ryan series The Secrets of Palmerston House. I’m writing a Christmas novella, as well as continuing my series of paranormal short stories.
Q. Which writers inspire/influence you?
Enid Blyton (Famous Five), Anne Rice, Anne McCaffrey, Isaac Asimov, Dan Brown, to name a few. As far as Aussie authors – so many fabulous storytellers and I’m working my way through them!
Q. What else about your writing journey should we know?
I’ve written five feature length screenplays, one which was performed by a theatre group.
Q. Where can we find out more about you and your writing?
Thank you for chatting with us today Phillipa!