What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
People are usually surprised to find out that my day job is as a Technical Author in a Technology company as I am not very scientific or technical at all.
Are the names of your characters important to you?
Names are hugely important to me. I love the images that different names can conjure up. I keep thinking of lots of pseudonyms that I would love to have. If I could I would have about ten different websites under all different names with different identities as a result of the name.
Have you ever written naked?
I write in the bath a lot, so I suppose that counts. I often get engrossed in writing something and continue it while in a towel afterwards oblivious of my wet hair and the need to get dressed. I do feel more relaxed when I’m like that so perhaps I’m subconsciously more open and less stifled in my writing.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
I was very shy of sharing my work at first. The idea of it alone would give me a knot in my stomach. Practice, coupled with being surrounded my inspirational people on a recent writing course, has made me completely the opposite now, and if anything I’m so thick-skinned about sharing what I write that I am in danger of not being sensitive enough to what is appropriate in certain outlets. I would recommend new writers join a critiquing group, or a writing group, anything that allows like minded people to feedback on each others work as the act of giving feedback is just as useful as receiving it.
How do you remain sane while working?
There’s nothing like having a good old brain exchange time with fellow writers but I spend a lot of my time around people who are not interested in the same things as me and I find that really useful for keeping sane while working on a piece of writing. Most of my closest friends and family are not interested in the literary side of life and I think it’s healthy to surround yourself with different people. Also, my day job is totally unrelated to all things literary which at times feels like I’ve planted in outerspace, but it does mean that I am always dying to write creatively the minute I get the chance.