Who inspired your love for writing?
Every author I've ever read! Words can transport one's mind completely to another place. I, personally, am completely unreachable when I am reading. Someone can be screaming in my face to get me to notice. The sheer fact this is solely accomplished by words on a page never ceases to light the spark inside me. Words have so much power. Why not use words to take someone to a happy place where they can love, laugh and dream?
What does your writing day look like?
I get up pretty early, as I have two boys who need breakfast, school lunches and drop offs and pick ups. I write between 10 and 2pm. Most of the time when I am really in the zone, I completely forget to eat. It’s not healthy and makes me grumpy! However, the truth is, I’ve written in bed, on the floor, at a table, outside, and in the car; in the passenger seat and also voice over memo while I’m driving. I always have a play list, and major plot points emerge when I am really in the heads and emotions of my characters when I get the play list right.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? And what do you love most about your job?
I have always, always, always, always wanted to be a writer. I also enjoyed having it as my dream in my back pocket. When I decided to take the plunge, I had no choice but to succeed at it. The fact this is now officially my profession, and it brings me so much joy, means I did, in fact, succeed!
If you could only take three essentials with you to a deserted island what would they be?
Impossible choice. I’m assuming that it is a deserted island rather than a desert island, otherwise the answers all have to be taken up with water or mobile desalinization units. Total borefest. Let’s just say there would be access to water and coconuts—so probably BB cream, my good bra and a black permanent marker for Wilson.
Do you have a favourite hero or heroine from your books?
Yes! My favorite character of all time is Jazz (Jessica Fraser) my heroine’s best friend (Keri Ann’s best friend in Eversea and Forever, Jack). I love her personality, her wit and her turns of phrase. I plan to have her be the heroine in an upcoming book and I seriously can’t wait to really explore her motivations. She arrived on my page fully formed, and I am desperate to get to the bottom of why she is the way she is.
Was the Eversea series based on real people?
As a writer, I am inspired all the time by events that happen around me, and I always fill in the details in my mind. I’d like to think that people who love like Jack and Keri Ann exist . . . they must exist in some dimension to be able to talk to me the way they do! But no, the characters were never based on real people. I may have used certain plot points from real life events, both my own life (in a British boarding school), as well as things I knew happened to others. Most of the time truth really is stranger than fiction!
How difficult was it to write the sequel to Eversea?
Extremely. I knew what the story was I needed to tell, but every reader who had their own idea of how it should go made me wonder. Every time I tried to write something different or take it in a different direction, I would hit a wall. In retrospect, it was pretty amazing to realize that the story controlled me rather than the other way around. As soon as I accepted that, it was much easier!