I was asked to do an interview by a fellow author, and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!
Q1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
What can I say about myself? I am a huge Harry Potter fan! I’m Australian. I studied Chemistry at university because I wanted to wear a lab coat. As luck would have it, I loved it and everything science. My admiration for science has really influenced my writing and so has Harry Potter.
Q2. What made you want to become an author?
It all happened when my TV died. I had so much time on my hands, I didn’t know what to do. My brother told me to write a blog, but I really didn’t have anything to blog about, so I started writing the first few paragraphs of my now completed trilogy, and the rest is history…
I pretty much discovered that I love to write! And I have many stories to tell. What keeps my pen going is wanting to write something that is thrilling and entertaining but at the same time makes people think about the deeper questions, to mull over what makes us human and reflect.
Q3. If you could pick one place to take a free holiday to, where would you visit and why?
Scotland! Please don’t make me admit it is because of a certain boy wizard. But also, it’s stunning.
Q4. What is your greatest fear, aside from spiders (no one likes those buggers)?
Heights. I even struggled to climb stairs as a kid. I’ll never go back to the Giant Prawn in Ballina, New South Wales. Scarred for life!
Q5. Tea or coffee?
Bubble tea all the way, but with aloe or lychee jelly, no bubbles!
Q6. Do you have any writing advice for aspiring authors?
Oh that’s a tough one. I have learnt many things on the way. Here are my top three:
Get a writing group together, there is nothing better than getting feedback from other writers and having a group to hold you accountable!
Show don’t tell, a classic rule, but makes your writing much more interesting
To make a really fast paced story you need to ensure each scene achieves two to three outcomes. For example they are falling in love, at the same time as working out her secret power.
Q7. In your writing career, what struggles did you have to overcome and what helped you through them?
There were many struggles. If I knew how hard it was going to be, I don’t think I would have started. One of the hardest struggles was, I had an editor, who was a mentor and friend. She disappeared —she can’t be reached by phone, email, or anything. It dragged out the very painful editing process and delayed the launch of my trilogy. My writing partner (who had the same editor) held my hand through the whole thing, she helped to edit my work, and encouraged me to trust my own writing and judgement, we pieced together what we learnt from the editor to polish my work, and get it out there finally, after 14 years.
Q8. In your opinion, what is the tastiest food?
I don’t know about tastiest. But I like eggs. I just think the number of ways you can have them is mind blowing. There’s nothing better than dipping bread sticks (heavily buttered of course) into a soft boiled egg.
Q9. As someone who spends a lot of time with your characters and sees their struggles, you’ve come to know a lot about them. Imagine you were sent into the world where they live. What would you like to tell your main characters?
In my books, my characters learn about the power of choice. They use their intellect/mind to get out of a sticky situations. I’ve learnt a lot more now about the subconscious and the body. I would like to tell my characters, to also listen to their bodies; if it’s tiered, allow it to rest, if it’s hurt mend it, if your body feels sad, have a good cry. Sometimes we listen too much to our minds and not enough to what our body is trying to tell us.
Q10. Do you have any ongoing projects or new releases you’d like to share with the readers?
I’ve just released the last book in my trilogy, Conclusion. The titles in the trilogy are, Aim, Method and Conclusion, just like the sections of a scientific report. It feels like the end of a huge milestone in my life.