I've always wanted to write humorous women's fiction. As a little kid, I was always scribbling stories, and I loved making people laugh. In the UK I was too busy in the rat race, paying the mortgage, to have enough time to actually concentrate on writing. But four years ago, I gave up my job, bought a house in Cyprus, and decided to go for it. I finally had the time, peace, and the beautiful scenery to give me the inspiration I needed to start on my novel.
What was your first published piece?
I've written many published articles, but my debut novel was a romantic comedy called Fourteen Days Later. It was shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009.
Where was it published?
It was first published on Amazon as a Kindle ebook. I'd queried traditional publishers and agents for a couple of years and came quite close to being published several times, but it never quite worked out. So I decided to become an Indie author and published it direct with Amazon. I haven't looked back since.
How long ago?
Nine months ago.
What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?
I'm a qualified personal trainer, sports and massage therapist, and I also write freelance feature articles on health, fitness, and various lifestyle subjects. Prior to this, I also worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary for ten years.
Working for the police is such an eye opener because you come across all sorts of people who you can use as inspiration. I write a murder mystery series which involves Amber Fox, an insurance investigator, so my experience with the police gave me a great background for procedures and ideas.
What inspires you?
My ideas for novels are a mixture of real life events that people have told me about, films I've seen, books I've read, or personal experiences. All my characters are a mix of people I know, people I've observed, or people my friends and family have told me about. I take different quirks or personalities form so many people and mix them up. The fun part is you can make up anyone you want. But of course it's all topped off with a lot of imagination.
Please share one of your successful marketing techniques?
One of the hard aspects of being an Indie author is you have to do your own marketing and promoting, as well as finding the time to write. One of things I've found is a nice way of getting the word out about your books is interacting with readers on various Kindle and Indie forums.
My Perfect Wedding is out on various ebook formats and will be released in paperback in the next few months, and I'm currently working on my second Amber Fox cozy murder mystery.