I’m from Woombye on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. This is a very beautiful part of the world with many small touristy towns. I’m a veterinarian by day and an author by night – actually, after a day at work, I’m too tired to write so usually collapse on the couch with a wine.
My goal is to retire from my day job and write full time.
I’m also a wife and mother with three grown sons whom I’m very proud of. If you were to ask me what my most important job is/was I would say being a mother. My sons have inspired some of the heroes in my stories, including the hero of The Lady and the Pirate.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Currently, I’m published in epic fantasy romance, with eight books available in my Queenmakers Saga. The first in the series is Princess Avenger. This story came about when my mentor asked me to write a romance.
My background as a reader was in epic fantasy so I wrote what I knew. Princess Alecia Zialni was born; an outrageous young woman who disguised herself as a man in order to move freely among her people, writing the wrongs of her father. The man who must protect her is Vard Anton, a shapeshifting Defender with imperfect control over his animal forms.
Sometimes my characters just pop into my head, like Alecia did. Other times, I get a vision, as with my elven princess Gwaethe, sitting alone, high on a mountain.
Usually, the heroines come first, and I imagine what sort of hero would strike sparks off them. They come from opposing worlds with differing views and disparate characters. My heroines generally can look after themselves and my heroes have flaws and deficiencies they must address before they ‘get the girl’.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
Lots of things inspire me, especially fantasy, the quest and a growing into power story. I love having animals and mythical creatures in my stories. I desire to read series and so must write them. Characters and themes in one story will springboard me into another.
The cover of The Lord and the Mermaid has a ship on it and that lead me to think of a pirate story – The Lady and the Pirate was born. This book then led to The Master and the Sorceress. Some secondary characters just demand their own story.
What got me started in writing was a goal setting workshop I did in 1998. So, I guess it really is true that you must set goals to accomplish them. It’s funny how things work out. I was in a pretty dark place then and look what was born out of it.
I write at my desk in my extremely messy office. I type straight into my laptop and try to get 1000 words down at each sitting. I like to listen to music, especially if there is noise outside – my go to is Robbie Williams. The great man had been there beside me in some troubled times. His music speaks to me and is like a big fluffy blanket.
I also like Pentatonix.
What do you like to read?
I binged on epic fantasy growing up, especially the works of Tolkien, Raymond E Feist, Eddings, Brooks and Robert Jordan. Lately I read widely in my epic fantasy romance genre with favorites like Grace Draven, Miranda Honfleur, Emma Hamm and K M Shea. I also adore contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Marie Force is amazing and I was lucky enough to meet her at one of our Romance Writers Australia conferences.
There are so many great writers and stories and so little time! But I do make sure I read every day. And I try to leave a review for every book I read. It’s so vital for authors that readers do that.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Learning how to write takes so long and we are always learning and improving. I’ve had the privilege of two mentors in my career and they have helped me immensely. That would be the first piece of advice- get you a mentor.
The second is read widely in the genre you wish to write in – it will help so much when it comes time to promote your work.
Thirdly, write every day you can. Get the words down, even if it’s only one hundred words a day. You can’t edit what isn’t written.
And last, you must be determined and persistent to succeed. Keep at it and you will climb that mountain!
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
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Newest or upcoming release: Elf Princess Warrior is my latest release and can be found on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0863DVQSJ