Hi Anna! Before we get started, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’ve lived most of my life in Kent, England, although I spent some time in New Zealand and Zambia.
New Zealand is memorable not only for the outstanding scenery but also for the exceptional people I met there who taught me so much about hospitality and self-sufficiency. This came in handy for when I moved to Africa and found that if I didn’t grow the food myself, there wasn’t much to eat.
Life in Africa has made me appreciate so much here in England and I take nothing for granted any more. I also find I can exist very cheaply!
Wow! That certainly sounds interesting!
What inspired you to start writing?
As a child, I always enjoyed writing school essays, and at one point I asked my scary teacher if I could start a class magazine. So writing for others began when I was quite young.
Then when I was in Africa, I started writing a few bed-time stories for my children.
Back home in England, the priorities of family, mortgage and job took over so nothing much happened for some years until one particular story nagged away at me to let it out. It became ‘One Dark Night’.
What is your favourite thing about being an author?
I like spending time with my characters and being in a world far removed from my desk! I also hope other people will enjoy my books and find something worthwhile to think about long after they have read the last page.
Do you feel that you are like a particular character in your stories? If so, why?
Not any one particular character but there is a little bit of me in some of them. There is quite a bit of me in Laura in ‘Hide in Time’ which is the first book I published because, like her, I used to arrange social events for single people. But my life hasn’t been anything like hers.
Good answer! I think it’s hard not to feel like they are a part of you after you have created them!
Where is your favourite place to write?
I write at my desk, surrounded by books. I face the wall to minimise distractions. When I visit my son, he has arranged a desk and a bookcase for me in the top of his house and I feel like a writer shut away in a garret, but it is light, airy and warm and well away from anything else happening in the house. Ideal.
Sounds perfect! I like working at a desk, too!
What has been your favourite thing to write so far?
‘One Dark Night’ is my favourite so far. I remember the moment the characters settled into my head and because they were on opposite sides of the law their stories began to unfold as they battled against each other.
Who has been your biggest supporter(s)?
I joined a site called YouWriteOn about twelve or more years ago. I made friends with three other writers and one in particular has become not just a cyber friend but a real friend. She is my biggest supporter and we are there for each other when the chips are down. I’ve also found some strong support from fellow writers on Goodreads and I am so grateful for this.
It’s so lovely that you’ve got that support!
Can I ask, if you don’t mind, what are you currently working on?
I have just finished the third book in ‘The Dark Moon Series’. It is called ‘One Dark Soul’. Lucy thinks she has finally settled into living in Paradise. She has it all. Sometimes it is hard to recognize evil and Lucy should have listened to her family and friends. Too late, she realizes her idyllic life is over. Fortunately there is one man who will fight to the end to get her back. It is now published and reduced to 0.99 until 15th April.
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to your readers or just in general?
Thank you for reading this far! If you read my books, I hope you will enjoy them and find something worthwhile to take away with you. Three are historical and one is a time travel romance.
Thank you so much, Anna!