Welcome! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a 38 year old Australian woman, married with two kids. I’ve just started writing full time, being fortunate enough to quit my evil day job and do what I love for a living.
Why did you choose to write M/M stories?
I found M/M in fanfiction first. I used to write hetero stories, but as soon as I found slash fiction (m/m) I have not read or written anything hetero since.
But I don’t actually “choose” to write it. I write about the characters in my head, who talk to me, and they just happen to be gay.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration for a story can come from anywhere – a dream, a TV show, a comment, a song, or just out of the blue.
Character inspiration is difficult. I usually have the character in my head, and then spend time scrolling internet pictures looking for him (such an arduous task lol). Though sometimes I will find a picture and it hits me that that person is my character and so I will add traits to the character to match the picture.
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
I normally have the ending first. I know how the book will end, and even the final lines. Then I get the beginning, and I then just fill in the story in between. I will sometimes, but not always, have plot points or milestones the characters need to go through, but I leave it up to them to tell the story, not me.
How do you come up with the titles?
All of my titles are taken from a line in the book.
How much of the book is realistic?
I believe that realism, even in fiction, is very important. It allows the reader to connect to the character because the reactions/thoughts of that character is something they can relate to.
That being said, you can have a character do the most unbelievable of things, but simply justify the reasons or motive behind the action – usually with some emotional connection – and you make it real. That’s the beauty of fiction.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first book?
No. I like that readers can see the growth of my writing from my first book to my latest release. Well, I hope they can, because if I’ve not become a better writer after 17 books then maybe I should look at my craft. LOL
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write from the heart. Don’t write for anyone else, it won’t work. Always keep learning. And always, always, ask around before submitting to a publisher.
Can you share something about your works in progress?
I have one well under way, hoping to release in November-ish, one I’m aiming to release around Christmas time and some very patient characters waiting for their turn but they need to sort their plot out a little more before I can start writing them.
Thanks so much for having me!
He can run a multimillion dollar cattle business, finish his degree, try and further the local beef industry, deal with staff issues, Ma’s failing health, and an attention-demanding wombat. He can even deal with an unexpected visitor and some shattering news.
He can deal with it all, as long as he has Travis.
But what happens when he doesn’t?
Red Dirt Heart 3 is the story of Charlie Sutton finally realising he can be the man Travis Craig deserves, even if he doesn’t have Travis. It’s a story of love, family, holding on, letting go and coming home.
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