What is your favorite thing about the fantasy/sci-fi genres?
I love how they can bring reality and imagination crashing together, like Narnia. It’s as if they are supposed to belong together—one describing everything magical and majestic, and the other showing our reality.
What is your favorite fantasy/sci-fi based movie?
That is a tough question to answer. I have so many favourite films…. I love ‘A New York’s Winter Tale’ and the beautiful winged-horse that represents the Light!!
How many books do you current have in the fantasy/sci-fi genres and which one would you recommend new readers starting with?
I am currently working on my 8th fantasy book, but my collection consists of two trilogies and one separate complete book. The first I completed in my teens so needs some rewriting and serious changes, so I tend not to suggest them, but my second trilogy is a great place to start. The first book is The Star.
What one thing has changed about you or your writing from when you first started to now? My patience to keep going. I have always completed a book I have started to write, no matter how long it has taken me. I’ve learned how hard the writing process can be and the many difficulties that you can face within it, but my drive to push on has only gotten stronger.
If you could vacation to any spot in the world with anyone where would you go and who would accompany you?
I have always been intrigued about the Greek Gods and the tales that accompany them, so I would love to travel to Greece—to see all the landmarks and statues that depict the Greek Gods would be amazing. And of course, I would take my little brother with me as company. He is 17 now, so not so little, but we try and do most things together.
What do you find to be the hardest thing about writing or publishing a book?
Editing. No doubt about that one. The constant checks. The constant need to read and then re-read. It can be a very difficult task anyway, but if you’re not prepared, get help!!!
Do you find that you sell more books during certain months or holidays versus other times?
I haven’t noticed any specific changes in the sale of my books. I think it all depends on how much you promote yourself and get your work out there for people to read.
If you had one redo in life what would it be and why?
My attitude towards my weaknesses. I’ve always thought I was broken because of my flaws, but now I see they are what make me who I am. You can’t fight yourself, without the consequences following. I have missed out on so much. I have hurt people I never wanted to. But I’m getting there slowly, I’ve just wasted years doing it ha!
What is your favorite part about being an author?
I love the people you meet along the way. Editors. Designers. Formatters. Readers. Other writers. They become a part of the journey, and some even become friends.
Do you have any specific reviews or comments that stand out that you have received over time?
I have a few reviews that stand out. I have a mixture of 3, 4 and 5 stars but they all show the enthusiasm people can feel from a book. A simple example from Sandra Love.