1. When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about fourteen. I started a romance story in a collection of notebooks and my friend joined in with me for a bit. Unfortunately a lot of that story was lost so I have been re-writing it and updating it ever since.
2. Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
No, I used to want to be a teacher!
3. What drew you to writing young adult stories?
Well as I started when I was fourteen it was my age group and still is just. I like writing about the way younger people see and feel about relationships and situations as it’s a lot different to an adult.
4. Where does your inspiration for these stories come from?
Good question! I’m not really sure, sometimes it’s just a random idea or its adapted from a dream or an advert or something in my life.
5. What has your experience been like publishing with Fast-Print.net?
They have been very good and very helpful. There have been a few teething issues but mostly they have been very accommodating and I would recommend them.
6. What was your favourite chapter to write and why?
My favourite chapter would probably have to be Chapter 8 as I enjoyed writing it from different views. I won’t say any more than that J
7. Where is your favourite place to write?
My favourite place is my bedroom at my desk, which I just recently set-up J
8. Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
My only routine is I sit at my desk and I have to listen to music otherwise I become distracted by the TV programmes.
9. Do you use a computer/laptop for your first draft or are you a pen and paper writer?
I used to use pen and paper as I knew I’d always have it with me, however I hated typing it all up so I use my laptop now.
10. How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
The characters are usually a mixture of names I like and surnames of random people or first names of people I know with different surnames.
11. Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
I learnt more about the Dartmoor area and the places available to visit there. I also learnt that editing is very hard but very rewarding.
12. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Not that long a few months or so really. It’s the editing that takes the longest for me.
13. Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?
I was ecstatic! I was so very excited and I kept touching it and showing it to everyone.
14. Who are some of your favourite authors?
Lauren Kate, Karen Mahoney, JK Rowling, and many more.
15. Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
Yes I have, not sure there are many writers out there who can say they haven’t! I tend to do a few things; mess around on Facebook for a bit, text a few of my friends and family, make a nice hot chocolate and re-read what I have written. If that still doesn’t work then I put a film on and go back it after it. There has only been one occasion where I had to give up trying for the day as it just wasn’t happening.
16. What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Keep at it. Try editing your own work before giving it to a professional as it makes you so much closer to your own work and teaches you a skill.
17. Would you share a deep dark secret about you with us?
A deep dark secret, gosh I’m not sure I can think of one! Let’s see… I once tried writing a raunchy scene but I made myself feel embarrassed so deleted it!