Tell us a bit about your family. My parents were very arty New Agers, who died comparatively young. They gave me my spiritual take on life and an understanding of my Muse. I was married for many years and had two sons. The eldest died suddenly when he was 20. So now that leaves me with one sister, an ex-husband, and one son living in Aus. My son’s a 22 year old Fine Arts Photography student, and I’m very proud of him. Other than Mat, I consider my family to be my friends. These are people who’ve stuck with me through thick and thin, and I’m lucky to have them in my life.
What is your favourite quality about yourself? My optimism. ‘I get knocked down, but I get up again, ain’t nothing going to keep me down,’ to quote a great song.
What is your least favourite quality about yourself? My physical laziness. I hate exercise. I’d sit in front of a computer every waking hour, if I could.
What is your favourite quote, by whom, and why? “Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.” ― Richard Bach, Illusions
It has always resonated with me. Finding out who I am has been a life-long adventure, and being true to that person, a life-long challenge.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? The courses I’ve created that have changed lives.
What is your favourite colour? Teal
What is your favourite food? Anything Italian
What’s your favourite place in the entire world? The Yorkshire Moors and Dales where I now live. You can’t beat an Aussie beach either!
How has your upbringing influenced your writing? My parents were New Agers before there was such a thing. They taught me to see the world differently from most people. They gave me a spiritual perspective on life. They were both very creative people in their own rights, so I learned that it was good to have an imagination and use my creativity.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was writing stories on primary school booklets from pretty much the moment I could write. Living in my imagination was how I got through a lot of the loneliness of my childhood. It was a safe and vibrant world that nourished me.
When and why did you begin writing? Other than from childhood? I probably started seriously writing novels from the time I began teaching at 22. But as my subject matter didn’t fit into accepted generic formulas I never tried to get published. My first book I wanted to get published was Labyrinth of Light, because I thought it had a message some people needed to hear. But it wasn’t until the Indie Publishing trend started that I discovered that I could find readers for what I loved, without a middle-man dictating to me how and what I should write. I think this trend has been incredibly freeing for many creatives in a variety of fields.
Three loves are discovered as the clock counts down to 11.40 pm April 14, 1912. Karl Ontario is a medical researcher not an adventurer but when an audacious mission is proposed to go back in time to save doomed children on the ill-fated Atlantic liner, RMS Titanic, he makes sure he’s included on the team. Little does he realise that his own future happiness depends on saving the life of just one passenger: Lizzie Faulkner, an unwed mother-to-be.
Eilish Cork is a time travelling Retriever and this mission is like any other to her until she falls in love with her handsome Target, London barrister Maxwell Ingham, and is asked to risk everything to save him from his fate on the maiden voyage of that tragic ship.
And sweet Pia Rogaland, whose only goal is to rescue the children on board the Titanic until she meets Marco Lorenza, a man she’s not permitted to save.
With time running out, is it possible to rescue those victims history determined went down with the unsinkable Ship of Dreams or will more lives be forfeited trying to carry out this dangerous mission?
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Genre – Romance
Rating – Between PG13 and R (sensual but not erotic)
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