Questions taken from my goodreads.com author page. Feel free to ask me a question either by email or on Goodreads and I’ll answer it here.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Umm…that I only have to walk five metres to work? Or that I can work in my PJs? 🙂
Those are both excellent perks but probably my favourite thing is when I get a new idea—those first few days after getting a new idea are so much fun. And then reality sets in…
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Read and write as much as possible. Read in all genres, not just the one you want to write in—there’s something to learn from every book you pick up, even if it’s a not-so-great one. And the same goes for writing: write anything. It doesn’t have to be fiction—if all you can manage right now is writing up reports for your job or essays for school, it still counts. It’s still writing and it’s still going to make you a better writer in the long run.
What are you currently working on?
I like to work on a few things at a time as I tend to get bored easily. At the moment I’m writing the second Shadowlands book, as well as a contemporary YA romantic comedy, a YA time travel book and a collection of creative non-fiction comic essays, but book 2 of Shadowlands is definitely my priority.
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
The idea came to me gradually over the course of about a year—it looks very different now to the initial spark I had back in 2015! But a huge inspiration for the book was the city of Melbourne with all its little alleyways and the beautiful Princes Bridge.
How do you get inspired to write?
I won’t lie—some days are a complete slog, you spend the whole day ‘writing’ and at the end all you’ve got to show for it is one or two scenes, so it’s kind of hard to get inspired on days like those. But then there are days where you’re just flying and you write pages and pages. So you have to take the good with the bad, and at the end of the day you’re doing your dream job so I think that’s pretty much all the inspiration anyone needs.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
As I already mentioned, I like to juggle multiple projects at a time, so if I reach a road block in one of my WIPs I move on to something else for a bit before coming back with a clear head and new perspective.