Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in Sydney and have written two thrillers and I am in the middle of writing a third. This is the second book in the Amanda Blake series. The first is titled The Deadly Caress.
I write directly on the computer as I’m a fast typist and my typing can keep up with my thoughts. I write anywhere, even with children running around me. The last few chapters of Sleep then my Princess were written in a seaside café where the staff kept bringing me cups of tea and more food.
What inspired you to write your thriller Sleep then my Princess?
The seed for my latest published thriller, Sleep then my Princess, was planted many years ago when I was a child. I overheard my parents conversing with friends about a neighbor who was babysitting children. I was shocked, as my parents about this neighbor and what she was doing.
Many years later, I saw a news report while holidaying in Scottsdale, Arizona about a woman who was babysitting children in a similar situation. This gave me the impetus to write that story.
What is the name of your new thriller?
My new thriller will be titled Guns, Roses & Coffins or just Guns & Roses. I’m not sure which yet.
What is the book about?
In the first book The Deadly Caress, she learns that the parents who raised her had adopted her. She tracks down her natural mother, living in Monterey, California, who is murdered shortly after.
Amanda discovers she is in line to inherit a large estate and a major shareholding in an American multi-national pharmaceutical company. But there is someone who doesn’t want that to happen and will stop at nothing until she is dead. Nothing is what it seems.
The second book in the Amanda Blake series is about Amanda’s quest to find her natural father. She returns from California to Australia where she was born and where her mother grew up.
At each new discovery, someone is murdered.
Some people tell the truth, others half-truths and for some, lying is a way of life. Amanda must unravel the clues to get to the heart of her truth and who her natural father is.
What she will discover is terrifying. She will have to choose between two opposing worlds and hope that she will be allowed to live.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do like to stop for a margarita on ice when I need a break from my writing. When I’m getting stuck for ideas I go for long walks which helps me think.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Currently, it’s Lee Child and Mark Dawson. But I also enjoy being entertained by Sue Grafton and Lynda La Plant.
What other books are you working on now?
I have a fantasy series with two books in draft form and a third waiting to be written. But before I can go back and polish the first ready for publication I need to finish my current thriller.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use a combination of paid and free promotions. I have found pre-orders and bloggers of immense help for promoting books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Work hard and don’t be worried about what people will think. Write what you enjoy reading. If you are writing to make lots of money, then you’d better find a different career path.
Don’t forget if you are an indie author or a mid-list traditionally published author you will need to market yourself as a brand. Keep your profile consistent and learn as much as you can about social media and use it to market your book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard for authors?
Keep your bum on your seat at the computer. You can’t write if you busy gardening or shopping.
What are you reading now?
I’ve just finished the latest Lee Child thriller.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just to keep writing and honing my craft. I’d love to write a screen play but that will have to wait until I complete my current thriller.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I’d be still deciding ‘till Christmas as there are so many books and different genres that I enjoy.
Links to books:
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I68JS3S