Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a middle-aged, middle-sized, British woman and mother of three. I wrote my first novel about three or four years ago, and I’ve written science fiction, fantasy and contemporary romance, including straight, bi, lesbian and gay romance.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
I’ve always loved the two things I’m good at, reading and daydreaming. These are qualities need for being an author, but like many women, for most of my life, I’ve thought I’m not good enough. So, no, I didn’t always plan on being an author because it seemed too lofty an ambition.
What was your inspiration for the Sons of Olympia series?
I’ve always loved history, especially ancient history, and the mythology associated with it. The specific Greek angle was undoubtedly influenced by my love of the Percy Jackson books and the fact that I’ve visited some of the ancient sites in Greece. I love Greece and intend to visit more of it.
I must be honest, however. These stories started life in a very different way. The initial idea was about a lesbian or gay human being swept off their feet by a powerful and magical gay or lesbian god. I thought it would be interesting to see how close I could write the two books, both a lesbian version and a gay version of the same story.
Sometime after those books were written, I was working on a reverse harem story involving time travel, Vikings and Norse gods, but the other stories were also still in my mind. One day I decided to get out the files and see if what I’d written before could be rewritten with the new ideas in my mind.
Although the first two books in the Sons of Olympus are very similar to the lesbian and gay books, the story in book three is quite different.
Do you have any quirks while writing?
I prefer to write in silence. It seems many authors prefer music.
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Self-publishing has made it easier for everyone to publish when it previously seemed impossible. I’d recommend joining a community of supportive authors.
What are you working on now?
Well, I’m one of those people who finds it hard to focus on and complete a project before starting another. So, before I pulled together the Sons of Olympus trilogy, I was working on a reverse harem series, which would be very similar but linked to Vikings and Norse mythology. However, I may well do something completely different before I finish that. For instance, I do have a contemporary gay Cinderella story that is very nearly finished. I work on things for ages, putting them away and getting them out again.
What are your hopes for the future?
For my children to grow up, leave home and have happy successful lives! Appart from that I’d hope to write more stories that I enjoy writing, and other people enjoy reading.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
Thank you for reading. Thank you for reviewing. I love receiving emails and messages on social media.