I am inspired by so many amazing writers, I mean - where do I start? The authors who have had the biggest impact on me are Jane Austen, George Elliot, Kate Morton, J. K. Rowling and J. R. R Tolkien. I love these authors for different reasons. Each author offers something unique; for some it is beauty in their words or characters to adore, for others it is their wonderful insight into human nature, or just the pure thrill of being taken on journeys into worlds full of limitless possibilities.
Where did you get the idea for Birth of a Destiny?
I was initially inspired to write Birth of a Destiny when my eldest daughter was about one year old. I was craving a creative outlet and decided to write a book. I had always loved fantasy books, so I knew mine would be one, too. I was also inspired by the farm where I grew up - in a ghostly, creaky old house, with horses to ride, creeks to swim in and room for my imagination to grow wild. I feel very connected to this farm and it evokes such a strong sense of place for me, so it became the setting for Birth of a Destiny. Once I had my setting, the broad story line came together quite easily.
How long did it take you to write Birth of a Destiny?
It took me nine years from the time that I started writing to when I published Birth of a Destiny. In between those years, I learnt the craft of writing, had three children and continued to work part-time. The second book in the Light Bearer series will only take about one year from start to finish - thank goodness. I have read that it takes about 10 000 hours (5 years full time) to become a good writer, and I believe this to be true. So much of writing Birth of a Destiny was about learning the craft of writing.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Food is such a big factor in my book (and my life), so it's no surprise that my writing time starts with a home-made chai tea, toast and jam. I put on my oil burner a dear friend gave me, and then, I start work. I don't stop until have one or two chapters down on paper.
I try and write even when I am tired, cranky and just want to crawl back into bed with a good book. But, if we waited for the perfect times to write, when we feel refreshed, motivated and generally awesome, books would never get written. It is a job - so showing up is mandatory.
Tell us some more about your book:
I like nothing more than slipping into the pages of a book, so I have written Birth of a Destiny so that its readers can do just that: jump off every-day life and enter another world where mystery and magic rule. Birth of a Destiny is a layered book, and what I mean by that is that underneath the storyline where Rose is sizing up to battle the darkness, she is also fighting her own dark demons after losing both of her parents in a car accident. The light vs dark storyline circles around each other in a dance, and the reader will have to read all of the Light Bearer series to find out who ultimately wins.
How far do you plan to continue this series?
I won't be stopping until all of the books in the Light Bearer series are published, and then I'll start writing some more. I am not sure whether there will be three or four books in the series at the moment, but either way, I will tell the story that is waiting to be told.