Current Release: Dead Tropics
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Mothers protecting their young are the most fierce creatures in nature. Dead Tropics tells the story of an average mom put into an impossible situation who must tap into strengths she didn't know she possessed in order to protect her family.
Please describe your writing environment.
Most nights, I write in my lounge room, surrounded by my family, a cat that pesters me constantly, and the tv blaring in the background. I have developed tuning out to a fine art!
What are you working on?
I am working on the sequel to Dead Tropics. Coming up with something original but equally exciting as the first book is a challenge but one I have nearly completed. I feel a little guilty (only a little, mind) as my poor characters are not given a moment to catch their breaths before they're thrown into yet another hair-raising adventure. Fortunately, the rollercoaster ride is something that readers have told me they enjoy immensely.
What do you feel blessed with?
I have a wonderful family and good friends. What more could a girl want? And thank God for modern technology! How did we live before Skype and Facetime?
What was your childhood ambition?
Well, I was either going to be an actress or a writer. Guess it's obvious which route I took, haha. Although I could argue that being a parent also requires good acting skills. I am very convincing when I tell my kids that I always did my homework and never complained about doing dishes!
What is your favorite TV show?
Oh wow. Do I have to pick only one? I adore Parks and Recreation and Modern Family in the humor category, Army Wives and Big Love in the drama slot and True Blood and Vampire Diaries in the sci fi category. I'm still mourning the end of Desperate Housewives...
What career fields have you worked in?
Mostly as a researcher but when I quit to raise my family, I ran my own tutoring and child care businesses. I am passionate about the welfare of kids so I got a lot of satisfaction working with those children and boosting their confidence. Recently, I returned to research again.
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
Plans? You mean, pounding away on the laptop until book number 2, which is seriously past its deadline, is finished?
Well, should I get said book finished by Christmas, I'm taking myself and my family on a holiday with sun, shopping and two dozen good books which have been calling to me from my bookshelf for months.
How was your road to publication?
I self published Dead Tropics in 2011. To my delight and surprise, it became a bit of an indie hit! After two months, I was approached by Permuted Press, specialist publisher in horror/apocalyptic fiction, wanting to publish it. It took nearly a year but a couple of months ago, it hit the market again with a brand new cover.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
I've always been intrigued by the tragedy of Pompeii. No doubt five minutes after I time travelled there, I'd be 'D'Oh! Not a good day to be here!' But it would be fascinating to be part of the drama with the foresight that I would possess. Would I be able to persuade anyone to leave in time, maybe change a little piece of history?
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
Dune. That book took my breath away with its world building when I was a young teen and it continues to do so every time I read it. Of course, I would get eaten by a worm in five minutes flat. I'm not the most coordinated of people so I'd have zero chance of surviving mind ninjas, fierce desert fighters and giant worms. But, hey, a girl can dream.
Thanks to the fans who've written such lovely reviews of my books and, yes, I am writing the sequel as fast as I can, folks!