If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? Mother Teresa because she had such vision and generosity but also Martin Luther King, for his bravery. Both were inspirational people.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. ‘The Heavenly Road Trip’ explores new places, taking the reader far beyond the spare stolen minutes, with exciting characters these thought-provoking short stories enlighten.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I’m busy editing a second Young Adult novel called ‘Back & Beyond.’ It tells of near death experience and is Talitha’s coming of age revelation. There’s another edgy novel under construction, only this time it’s being written under a pen name because the contents are so current. So, that’s my secret story out.
What inspired you to want to become a writer? In promoting other peoples love of writing, I thought that I ought to give it a bash myself; to practice what I preach. Plus, I found it cathartic. Getting paid to dream is fun.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. I love to perform. After supporting young people with additional needs for many years in literacy, I was inspired to write a Paralympic Tale called, ‘Still First.’ This sporting celebration has been read by me at several venues and got into a London Exhibition, just before the Paralympics. I gave a few fun multi-sensory readings at the Bermondsey Project Gallery before it was heard as a recording, in aid of the RNIB charity. This summer collaboration brought me alongside many talented artists. That short is second in line in ‘The Heavenly Road Trip’ ebook anthology and revealed just how far short prose can take me.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier. It moved and frightened me so I couldn’t put it down!
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Read widely in your chosen area of writing. Get to know what else is good out there, to tempt your audience. See what your audience prefer and learn from it.
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? I’d go back to the Victorian times but have to be living upstairs rather than downstairs, to get the full effect. It’s all about the posh frocks and dignity. I might find the lack of equal opportunities a problem, though.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? In my debut novel, ‘Get Over It’ Adventures published by Onwards and Upwards, I wrote about Athena. She was cool because she was goddess of of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Not bad!
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Jamaica suits me well for a holiday. Whether I could live there, is a challenge I’d like to consider one day.
What is your favorite Quote? It’s from 1 Corinthians verses 4-7: ‘Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
What’s your favorite season/weather? I need sunshine, like, I need chocolate! It makes me thrive and is good for my bones. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…Okay. The backdrops are usually stunning, essential for creating authentic settings. Also, I find the seaside invigorating.
Favorite places to travel? Israel, please. All invitations gladly accepted.
Favorite music? Tamla Mowtown and Gospel.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with? Geraldine Mccaughrean has such a huge successful writing repertoire that I couldn’t fail to glean something from working with her. I was blessed to have an excerpt of the new version of ‘Peter Pan’ read to me by her, once. Her work comes alive on the page. If she has the time, I’d certainly make it!
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Genre - Short Stories / YA
Rating – PG13
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