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When is your next book out and what’s it about?
I currently don’t have any books slated for release; however, I have completed two and one is with my agent. I will update as and when news comes in. Also, be sure to keep an eye out on some exciting announcements coming later this year.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration tends to come from varying aspects of life, what I’ve experienced, conversations I’ve overheard, people I’ve met, and more oddly, my dreams. A lot of my ideas are born in the dead of night. It’s hard to ignore those invading thoughts, especially when they fill me with so many ideas.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
I’m a huge believer in reading. How can you possibly write a novel if you don’t read? My own love of reading is the very thing that inspired me to put pen to paper, and it hasn’t been easy. One thing I can tell any aspiring writer is that you must never give up. Even when those rejections come in, take each one and learn from it. Don’t allow someone else’s idea that what you’ve created isn’t publishable. There’s plenty of room for everyone. Just keep writing, and never stop reading.
What is your favourite novel?
I find it hard to put it down to one, so I shall be a cheat and tell you two. I absolutely love The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Where the Crawdad’s Sing by Delia Owens. Two books that have never left me, read many years apart. But if you sign up to my newsletter, I always send out my monthly recommendations, because I read LOTS!
Which author’s inspired you to write?
Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Alice Walker, just to name a few.
Why do you write in more than one genre?
I couldn’t think of anything worse than being trapped by my creativity. I know that writing in one genre works for many authors. But for me, when inspiration hits, I simply have to allow my creativity to flow, even if it means stepping outside of the usual genre. I write mostly contemporary women’s fiction, YA horror, and romance, but I also love writing psychological thrillers.
Why do you set your books in Ireland and Northern Ireland?
Firstly, I am from the North of Ireland. Even though I spent my early years in London, UK, I am very much Irish. Whilst I have set some of my books in the US and Eastern Europe, I love nothing more than setting my books in the Island of Ireland. I love the creative freedom to introduce people to characters from a wide range of backgrounds, different dialects, and overall the Irish way of life. Some find it challenging, but I’m a firm believer in sticking to my roots and allowing readers to experience the beauty of my country, even if they have to google a certain term.