There are a few books that have influenced me greatly in different ways. There are some like the little board books I read as a small child that started my love of books. There are also some children's novels that have done the same. In terms of books I find inspirational as an adult, the… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What books have influenced you the most?
My child, and the knowledge that I'm still alive. Truly. The first point is understandable but the second might sound a bit strange. However it means a hell of a lot to me. I've been through a lot of tough times in my life, and as a result, I've tried to take my own life… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What makes you get out of bed every day?
Keep writing! It's as simple and as difficult as that. Honestly, people often say to me, "Oh, I want to be a writer but I don't think I'm good enough." My response is usually along the same lines as I give my students: if you don't make mistakes, you'll never learn how to improve. I… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What advice do you have for new writers?
It’s a lengthy process! Honestly, the characters that I have now are a very far cry from the characters I had when I first conceived the story many years ago. Emmy used to be a much darker character, and she committed suicide in the narrative, only to be brought back to life. She was a… Continue reading Getting to Know You: How do you develop your plots and characters?
Gosh, what a question! Different writers inspire me in different ways. My absolute biggest inspiration if Margaret Atwood. Everything I’ve read of hers has been fantastic, and she’s so skilled in so many ways. I wish I could write even a tenth as well as she does! I’m also very inspired by Anne Fine as… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What Writers Inspire You?