First why don't you tell us a little about yourself?
There’s a lot to me so I’ll cut to the chase. I’m a mother to four wonderful children and a partner to one. I’ve been lucky enough to relocate from the UK to Germany in the summer of 2015, and it’s opened up a whole new world to me. Having worked in customer service all my life I’ve taken a career change since relocating and have been writing full time. It all started in the mid-nineties when I started to write ‘the book we all have in us.’ I never finished it but never forgot it either. Last summer I began to write again and my debut, Delsey Prodigal was born. I’ve since written two other novels, Cassie’s Hope and my latest book The Diary Of Harri Foxx.
Personal interests include writing, reading, travel, good food, nice wine, art. Oh, and I have an addiction to a certain famous brand of Jelly Beans.
The Diary Of Harri Foxx will be my next release. It’s edited and ready to go. Prepare yourself for the ride.
What can we expect from your stories, action, drama, romance, sex, blood and guts?
I’ve been lucky to write in a number of genres. Coming of Age, YA & Adult Contemporary Fiction. Each book has its trademark. I am an observer of life so you can expect believable characters to begin with. I promise each book I write will bring highs and lows, laughter and tears. It’s the life I know. Yes, there is drama, action, romance and sex. I’ll leave the blood and guts to the authors who I like to read.
Do you have a favorite character in your stories? Who? and Why?
I adore Baggy from my debut novel, Delsey Prodigal. He is a side character but has impacted each person who has read my book because of his simple but hilarious attitude to life. Diamond in the rough is very apt.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
My latest book, The Diary Of Harri Foxx exposes a more personal side of me than any of my other books. It was harrowing to write, and I wasn’t sure I would reach the end. I did, and I have to say the result is one of which I am proud.
Has there been any other authors who have inspired your work or helped you out with your stories?
Yes. Fiona Barton’s, The Widow, inspired me to write in the first person for The Diary Of Harri Foxx. I found it very liberating.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please review any my books if you have enjoyed it. You have no idea how much of a difference it makes to an author. Even one line!
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Yes. Absorb all the wise words your peers will offer. I’ve been fortunate to have made a number of Twitter friends who have been incredibly supportive to me. It’s not easy being a writer, but it’s so rewarding.
Do you have a favorite author? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?
I love Mo Hayder. I was lucky enough to catch her from the outset and have read every one of her books. Mo writes about things that I could not contemplate in my wildest imagination. She’s a smart cookie, and her books are page turners.
Can you remember one of the first things you wrote? What makes it memorable?
I have to refer to starting Delsey Prodigal. The book was titled ‘Small Town Prodigal’ then. There was something remarkable about seeing my title on my ancient computer. It was the beginning of a new venture. Boy, has it stayed with me.
Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your work?
I gather inspiration from life. Being a people watcher makes inspiration flow like a waterfall. I have so many interesting characters to share in the future.
Do you have any other interesting hobbies, pets or stories you would like to share?
I love the outdoors. Living in Germany has opened up a whole new horizon for me to explore. I don’t have any pets, and you’ll find my interesting stories in my books! Go me.
Favorite places to travel or visit?
I enjoyed Morocco very much. My senses went off the scale when visiting. I’m a spice fiend, and the souks were just incredible.
And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us: ( Include links to were we can find your work)
So, an excerpt from the beginning chapter of Cassie’s Hope where our reporter, Alice visits the Biomedical Research Lab for the first time. I’ve had some very touching feedback about the way I handled this book. It’s a tough subject that had me in tears. Yes, I have a heart.
Alice scanned the room. It was noisier than the section where the fish and rodents were. The only sound in there was the beep of machinery, the bubbling of air in the fish tank and the spinning of the wheels as the mice and rats enjoyed their daily exercise. In here there were vocals, barking in particular. The „woofs‟ appeared to offer a welcome to the strange visitors. There was also a distinctly stronger smell in here. Alice took the decision to withhold the “smellovision‟ as she addressed the camera, her wide eyes and glossy lips filling the screen.
“So here we are in the section that houses the dogs. Herb, can you tell us a little about these gorgeous creatures?”
Herb cleared his throat with a nervous cough then knelt down and leant against one of the pens.
“Well, these are our beagles.”
The emphasis was on the word „our‟ and it appeared to be a conscious attempt to sound more personal. The camera panned down to show the first dog as Herb put his fingers through the bars of the pen.
Cassie leant further forward in her bed and smiled as the dog proceeded to lick Herb’s hand. His tail was now wagging enthusiastically at the unexpected visit. Herb smiled into the camera.
“This is Archie. Say hello to the viewers, Archie.”
The dog barked and Herb chuckled then continued,
“Archie has been with us a couple of years. He’s a great character, which is in keeping with this fantastic breed of dog. The fact is we choose to work with beagles, as do many scientists, because of their gentle and passive nature. They don’t bite and are super-forgiving animals.”
Alice poked her fingers through the bars. He looked healthy enough and the cage was clean and a fair size, maybe six square meters with a slope leading to an upper platform with a chew toy dangling from a chain.
She turned to the camera, addressing the viewers.
“I bet every one of you is cooing over this boy.”
Cassie nodded in agreement. Archie was very cute and she didn’t like to see him locked up.
Alice questioned Herb further.
“So, for our viewers out there who know little or nothing about what goes on here at MARC, can you give us some further information, Herb?”
“Well, we have a team of dog breeders who supply us with our beagles for medical research.”
“So the dogs‟ sole purpose for being born is to assist in medical research?”
“Yes, that’s correct.”
Cassie put her hand up to her mouth. It deeply upset her hearing that. Being in hospital on and off during the past year for treatment was hard enough. The man on the TV was suggesting that the beagles stayed there, lived there and eventually died there.
Alice stopped Cassie’s train of thought from going any further as she continued.
“I need to get my head around your last comment, Herb. So what you are saying is that you have breeders who supply the dogs, which then live all their earthly days out in a confined pen. Albeit a decent environment, it’s not exactly running in the fields chasing a ball, is it?”
Herb was calm as he stood up then moved along towards another pen.
“Our dogs are very well looked after as you can see. Each one has sufficient space in the pen, which is also equipped to offer some stimulation. Each one is assigned a carer who walks them so they get socialized and can interact with other dogs. They have exercise twice a day and are also fed a nutritious diet that covers the basic needs of a hound.”
He paused, stopping at the next dog.
“This is Sabre.”
Another pair of gentle eyes greeted them.
“Hello, old boy. Sabre is our veteran. He is eight years old, hence the George Clooney silver muzzle.”
Sabre wagged his tail at the acknowledgement.
Alice followed Herb as he carried on.
“And this is Hope.”
A large black gumdrop nose filled the TV screen then as the camera focused out; two beautiful big hazel eyes looked full on into the lens.
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