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When did you start writing?
I wrote my first book when I was 11 years old. It was a Story about a Circus. The teacher wasn't impressed. He was concerned about my gramma. I was concerned about the story. It kept me occupied for most of the year during English lessons.
What makes writing your passion?
I love to write. I have always told stories since I was about 8 or 9. I used to keep my older brother awake at night getting him to take part in my serial tale.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing in various ways for most of my life, Seriously started writing novels about 15 years ago.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
I was expectant. My first book was submitted to an independent accessor. He thought it had commercial possibilities. The book is called 'The Chosen Drone' and it is the first in a series of three books. The Chosen Drone is a free book.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I have traveled extensively and met and stayed with many people. My characters come from a mash of personalities that I have come in contact with and got to know over a period of time.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
It is annoying if I get interrupted mid-thought. I have got around this by writing down my ideas and revisiting them.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I just write whatever comes into my head. I can always go back later and edit or eliminate it. I refused to acknowledge writer's block. There are thoughts going on all the time. I just write them down. If they are not relevant to the current work in progress, I will use them in some other story or just to stimulate my thought process. i.e. like, brainstorming
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
My advice would be to just write what you want to write. You can get hung-up on systems, quotas, formulas, and dogmatic plans. This can all lead to what is called writer's block. My writing has a loose plan and most writing is done as a panster.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
My serious writing has coincided with the advent of new technology that helps me take care of multiple interests. One of which is marketing books these days.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I read them, mainly for feedback and ideas. Even if the review is off the wall it can give you a perspective on a certain character. People are interesting and I like to analyze
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
That is good, but I often look for what wasn't written. Everyone has a different point of view.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
I often write my experiences into a character's life and journey. You can learn much about me from reading my books
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
Probably many characters contain a bit of my personality. The character in 'Aroha's Cowboy', Peter has some of my character traits and personality.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Not quite as important as the story, nevertheless it is important to attract the interest of a potential reader.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I have a monthly newsletter that I send to book readers who have signed-up on my site. I have also I Facebook page where I promote other authors' books as well as my own, and a group page where I encourage budding writers and fellow writers.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
I appreciate their interest in my work and the comments they make. I am sometimes amused at being recognized in public as I try to keep a low profile.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
I like the freestyle of Mark Twain. His unpretentious, folksy characters and adventurous mind.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
I just love to tell stories
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
I usually go over my books 7 times and rewrite anything that I think doesn't fit. I need to qualify that, I will let a book sit for a while then go back to it and read it as if it was a new book to me and I was reading it for the first time, and critique it as I go.