1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
I normally get up at 4am everyday to write. It is not always productive though! But I find that the house is quiet then and I don’t miss any of my time with my family.
2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
Ideas I might write down on paper – but basically everything I write I do on the laptop.
3: What do you draw inspiration from?
Well I’m a teacher of young kids and that certainly inspires. I don’t write a book unless I feel I can add something different to the genre. It’s hard to say – the littlest thing can spark an idea.
4: Do you set goals for yourself when you sit down to write such as word count?
Yes I am afraid to admit that I use a spreadsheet that calculates how far I am through the book, how many words I need to write that day – I find it helps to focus me.
5: Are you a published or a self published author and how do you come up with your cover art?
I am a self published author and I created both covers myself by just taking photos on my iPhone and, in the case of Candy Wars, using Photoshop to blend them and finish them off.
6: What drives you to choose the career of being a writer?
I always wanted to write and I never really got around to it until I started teaching. I noticed a lack of books that were exciting, fast paced and yet rich in language.
7: Do you own an ebook reading device?
I have an iPhone that I use with its varied applications and I also use the computer.
8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now?
Terry Pratchett, Roald Dahl would be all time favorites. I am also enjoying some independent authors such as Carolyn Kephart (whose Ryel Saga I am reading at the moment), Imogen Rose, John Fitch and David Derricho.
9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
I must admit, it is an area I have yet to explore, but hopefully when I get a bit further with my writing I will start to create some.
10: How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
Candy Wars: The Tooth Fairies vs The Candy King - To be honest I try to use titles that give you a clear idea of what the book may be about - simple and to the point is the plan because sometimes the title is all you have to sell the book.
11: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
I am currently writing Bug Island which I hope to have released in December. It tells the story of a group of people trying to survive an island swarming with giant bugs!
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