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Before you were published, what were you doing to scratch the writing itch?
Mainly canon fanfiction in various fandoms, though interestingly, nothing LGBT. All the writing I’d ever done before I wrote Slide was HET, and indeed Slide started off that way, but eventually became something else.
How did you end up getting your first book published?
By accident. No, honestly, it was more of a dare. Slide was never meant to see the light of day, but some well-meaning friends persuaded me otherwise. I’m so happy Dreamspinner felt the same. They have proved the right ‘fit’ for the darker, angstier side of my writing, and I love working with them. I have four more titles out with them this year and they’ve been brilliant.
Was the process anything like you imagined? What fit the dream? What was different/surprised you?
It has been everything I imagined, times about a thousand. Editing, particularly the first round, is hideous…soul destroying, but seeing my work in print blew me away. The thrill of it was incomparable, especially as the cover art was all my own. Moving forward, I’ve found pushing my boundaries and writing outside the box I started in a real challenge. BUT, it’s a good challenge and one that gave me Bullet, so I can’t complain!
How long did it take you to write your first published book?
Nine months, but every book is different. I’ve one novel that took years, and another I cranked out in eight weeks.
What’s your advice to unpublished authors trying to get their work read?
Beta readers. Do not EVER rely on yourself to edit your work. And write a cracking query and synopsis. I hate writing a summary of my books, but it’s a necessary evil. Someone once told me to draft the synopsis before I wrote the book. Life doesn’t always pan out, but if you can, do it. And send me cake for passing on the tip.
Is writing not as fun/as fun/more fun once you have your first book published?
It’s still fun because it’s part of who I am. I’d write even without the publishing contracts. It’s an addiction…a compulsion. It’s my reading that’s suffered. These days, I find it really hard to tolerate rougher styles of writing. Editing does that to you. Spoils everything.
What’s next up for you?
2014 is a busy year. The sequel to Slide, Rare (Roads #2) and its accompanying short are out January 17th, and then May/June I have a new novel and free short out. More details on that in a few months time. Also, the second book in the Blue Boy series has just been contracted, so expect that and possibly another sometime this year.
Title: Gypsy Rain
Published Date: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Black Jazz Press
Purchase Links: ARe
Title: Marked (Roads #1.5)
Publish Date: October 14, 2013
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner
Title: Freed (Roads #2.5)
Publish Date: January 17, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner