I’m actually English, but I now live on an almond farm in the mountains of southern Spain between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean. I share the farm with my husband and a whole load of animals (four dogs, two cats, a horse, four chickens, two goats, and a three-legged Vietnamese pot-bellied pig). I write full time now, so my life is a combination of looking after the animals and sitting at my desk, typing away.
2) How long have you been writing?
I actually started a long time ago when I was working as a volunteer in Africa—I ran out of things to read and resorted to writing my own stories out of desperation. But writing was put aside for many years after I left Africa, and I started again when I moved to Spain. I’ve been writing seriously now for about six or seven years.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have an office where I usually write. I love it; there are bookcases on all the walls for inspiration (and distraction!)
4) Why did you decide to write Daughter of the Dragon Princess?
I wanted to write a paranormal romance, but I’d just finished a story with vampires and werewolves and so wanted something a little different. Dragons seemed perfect.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Actually, I’m going to go with someone other than my hero and heroine. Detective Cole is a police officer with the metropolitan police in London. He’s also my hero’s friend (and they are few and far between). Mal, the hero of the book can come across as perhaps a little hard at the beginning, and Cole gives opportunities for seeing Mal’s more ‘human’ side and hinting at what he can actually become.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
The bad guy—Vortigen the King of the Dragons. He’s a real baddie, not nice at all. On the other hand, he was great fun to write.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I had the book edited by a professional editing service. I’m not particularly strong on grammar, and I’d rather not waste my energy working out where a comma should or shouldn’t go. But I also believe that if you don’t get those details right, it can be very distracting. Also, a good editor (and mine was great—thank you!) can point out weakness and ideas as to how to make the story stronger, that the author is usually too close to see.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I read, I walk my dogs and I ride my horse. I’m also quite fond of lying under almond trees with a bottle of wine and contemplating my latest plot problems.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I don’t read as much as I used to, as writing takes up so much of my time, but I still read a lot. Some of my favorite authors right now are Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Harlan Coben, Anne Bishop, Susan Elizabeth Phillips…
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
Why did you choose to write about dragons?
I’ve always loved stories about dragons. Some of my favorite books have dragons at their heart, Dragonriders of Pern by Anne Mcaffrey, Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy. With Daughter of the Dragon Princess, I wanted to write a paranormal romance set firmly in our world, but also give it a flavor of those fantasy stories I enjoy so much. For me dragons do just that.
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