I write erotic romance, and the best I can say is that it chose me. The story of my debut novel was very heavily reliant on its eroticism, and after being told by a book doctor that “this is the best sex scene I’ve read in years!” I decided to stick with what I was apparently good at!
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
I usually have at least two and often three going at the same time. It saves me from getting bogged down in one plot – if I get stuck in one I just switch to another.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
No – the idea of being critiqued is frankly scary, be it face to face or by email.
Can you remember your first reading book?
It was probably something by Enid Blyton. I can remember a rather giggle-inducing story in which Noddy was stripped naked and left in the woods, and the perpetrators ended up getting a good spanking. Corrupted from an early age, apparently.
I’m trying (unsuccessfully) to lose weight, so right now my treat of choice is carrots dipped in tzatziki. I’m not averse to writing with a glass of wine or can of cider though.
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
My writing area is actually fairly tidy since I share it with my husband, who doesn’t like mess. However, I keep all my notes in a stack on my sofa and that could be politely described as a bombsite – I call it organised chaos.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I am traditionally published, although as I am primarily e-published people often assume I did it myself. After having my debut novel critiqued by the Romantic Novelists’ Association under their New Writers’ Scheme I had it accepted by Total-e-Bound and have worked primarily with them ever since, although I have also featured in anthologies for House of Erotica and Naughty Nights Press.
The authors I read most are Philippa Gregory, Lauren Oliver and Anne O’Brien. They have a descriptive yet spare writing style that always holds my attention.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
Oh, decisions. In Ready for Him, I could see Rooney Mara as Jade (loved her in Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Alexander Skarsgard as Will, in Sleepwalker I’d like Sophia Myles as Tally and Liam Hemsworth as Kyle. I’m not sure they’d use my version if they ever did another movie of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but I think Emily Perkins would make a great Helen and Ryan Gosling would work as Arthur – the casting for Gilbert is still up in the air!
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
I took advantage of the heat this summer when, during a trip to the supermarket, I got my gearstick jammed in reverse. It was a scorching hot day and I was dressed for it, so I took the chance to sunbathe in the mostly-empty car park. If anyone saw a woman with green hair laid out next to a black car decorated with dragons, that was me.
I don’t think they would have missed you!
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