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Author interview: Claims to fame, non-existent writing routines, and dog whistles!
Do you write under your real name or is this a pen name you use?
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Manchester, United Kingdom. I’m a proud Mancunian, but I’m not sure I could live in a city again – I seem to be sensitive to noise and air pollution. I now live on the North Kent coast and count myself very lucky to breathe in sea air every day.
List 3 interesting facts about yourself.
I went to the same primary school as Noel and Liam Gallagher from the 90s indie rock band Oasis. They are both older than me, so I didn’t know them, but Liam had a reputation for getting into trouble, even back then!
I only have one kidney and I’ve also had half of one of my lungs removed (hence the love of clean sea air). I’m very lucky that the organs I’ve had problems with are the ones you have two of. You can survive with just one of either of them.
I can hear the tiniest high-pitched sounds, including dog whistles.
What was the first thing you ever had published?
When I first graduated from university, I worked as a journalist, so I had a lot of work published. It didn’t feel like ‘my’ work though, because I wasn’t writing what I wanted to. My debut novel, The Second Cup, is the first creative piece of work I’ve had published. I thought I’d have to self-publish, but managed to find an indie publisher, Creativia, who were willing to take me on. I’m now part of a really supportive creative family of authors, which is such an awesome place to be.
Do you have a writing routine?
I don’t have any routine at all. I’m currently writing my second novel and my approach is completely different from the first one. I’m hoping that this approach will become some kind of routine for future novels as the main thing I’m trying to achieve is to avoid all the errors in the process from first time round!
Do you have any writing rituals?
I need to be as comfy as possible, so I like wearing my PJs and tying my hair up in a bun. When I’m having a writing night (I don’t write during the day) I don’t allow myself to sit down at my laptop until 11pm. I find that my creative juices start flowing before then and by the time I sit down, I’m itching to go – rather than having that ‘staring at a blank page’ feeling.
Where did the idea for your most recent book come from?
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