1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
I wrote a short story about a woman who does a spell for a career change
and the novel developed from there. The rest of the ideas came from having worked around bands, working in offices and having lived in the inner city.
2. When did you take up writing?
About eight years ago when I was pregnant with my second child, I stopped talking about it and just started writing. It turns out it was the only activity I loved enough to stick with and not get bored or lose interest.
3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
It’s isn’t huge. My current novel is set in inner city Melbourne but there aren’t any specific landmarks, it’s just mentioned. I think it could be set in any city, really.
4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
I think I have a bit of a crush on one of the main male characters. And I really like Troy but he’s a very minor character he swears a lot so I had to think a lot about how to write his dialogue and make it effective, not just swearing constantly.
5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
Just do it. Just keep writing.
6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
Not really. Up until this year I’ve always had a child at home. He’s just starting school this year so
I’m hoping to get more into a routine and get more done on a day to day basis. I might even get super organised
and create a timetable. Yeah, probably not.
7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
I really enjoy the plotting process but I don’t necessarily stick with it. It’s nice to have as a guide for when I’m stuck though. I’ve started doing my first drafts during Nanowrimo and it’s amazing the winging that goes on.
8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
Ooh too hard.
9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
It’s called Winter Park and is the follow up to Flirting with Magick but can be read as a standalone novel. It’s about a woman who moves into an apartment and finds it’s haunted. Of course there is also a love story in there.
10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
Keep writing. Find other writers to talk to and learn from them, they can offer amazing support. Let people read your
work, otherwise you’ll never know what’s working and what isn’t.
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Firting with Magik is available on Amazon
I am a writer of light-hearted contemporary women's fiction.
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