Q: How did you come up with your story?
Out of boredom — I had one book published, and knew I had another to write. I had to push myself into thinking up a new plot, and would sit in my chair and stare out of the window until the muse arrived to fill the boredom. It gave me a name. Hannah. Once I had a hook to hang the answers on, a dozen questions flooded my mind – who was Hannah. Where was she and what was her story. Another time whilst doing the ironing, Hannah’s traumatic past revealed itself. My problem was to show how Hannah, an undercover cop and rape victim, was going to handle a surveillance job in a small town where the local barmaid had just been raped and murdered. Hannah needs to prove to her boss that she could hack it.
Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
The only thing I was ever good at at school was ‘composition.’ After school came a shorthand typing course complete with English lessons. The teacher once held my work up as a example of how it should be done and went on to tell the group that one day this particular writer would have a book published. I can’t remember her name, but I often think it was her influence that gave me confidence to write. Years later, three wide eyed children boosted that confidence as I read my very first story out to them. They loved it and wanted more. Encouraged, I typed more stories out on an old typewriter and ended up with ten. These days they would be considered too old fashioned for the modern child.
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
A very knowledgeable old granny!
Q: Favorite genres to read?
Bio. and Memoirs, History/Historical Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir
Q: What are your pet peeves?
I hate it when my computer crashes — I’m not a computer friendly person and when something goes wrong I inevitably make it worse trying to make it better. Even my grandchildren rolled their eyes when I complained I’d lost something vital the last time I crashed — ‘but didn’t you back it up?’ would come the cry! Well, nobody told me floppies were out of fashion and I should have been using memory sticks.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
That inside this small compact little person is a very shy lady. When challenged to partake in exercises like ‘Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge,’ or take an hour long flight in a two-seater airplane, as birthday presents, I spend the few hours prior to the event in a state of terror, which I hide from everyone. Of course after the event it is great to talk about it and the wonderful memories last forever. But nobody knows what I go through in anticipation.
Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
My first crime fiction novel is Ferryman http://tinyurl.com/ccsyxu. It is set in Cornwall in the 1970s, and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2007. My husband and I lived in Cornwall during the 60s and 70s, reared our children there, built our boats and sailed around the English Channel. Ferryman’s sailing background is authentic. In 1981 we migrated to Australia. See my web for more. Another title, my third crime fiction novel is on the way. Blood Opal should be released in two months.