Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in London in 1933, migrated to Australia
in 1963, and after 46 years,returned to live in UK. I began writing in 1985
and was published in several National Magazines, likeWomans Weekly,
Wellbeing, Take 5, etc. I had several books of short stories
published, and won writing competitions. The Four Elizabeths is
my first UK publication, and
is to be followed shortly by the sequel, Elizabeth's New Life.
Describe your book ‘The Four Elizabeths’
in 30 words or less.
The Four Elizabeths is a fictional tale
created from facts, about the people sailiing to the New Colony, (now Australia)
on HMS Friendship - part of the First Fleet in 1787
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The most difficult part of writing this book, was
the number of characters involved, especially as four of them had the same
name. I eventually enjoyed writing about them with the challenge of
drawing individual images in the reader's mind.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
Books that have had the greatest influence on me
include O'Henry's Short Stories; Elisabeth Luard's Emerald,
and Bartlett's Familiar
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
Self Marketing has proved the biggest challenge of
all. Very quickly, I learned that selling my writing relied a great deal
on selling myself. So I began to think up different ways in which to
become noticed. The time-honoured method of informing the local press of
your book, did not mean a thing in this clime of myriad authors. So I set about
contacting business houses, libraries, social groups, television stations and
of course, many online contacts. I created my own webpage, arranged
interviews with local radio stations, and took part in 'local author' events at
various centres in my area. To be a little original, I acquired a fancy
dress that resembled one of my characters, and appeared in this at book
signings and carnivals, etc.
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
I'm not writing, I'm people watching and eavesdropping. A terrible admission,
but this helps me to personalise a character more easily, and make the
character 'live' - thereby helping the story to become more vivid and enjoyable
for the reader. I paint a little, enjoy playing music on keyboards while
my partner sings, and generally enjoy life to the full.
What are you working on next?
I am currently at the last details of having the
sequel Elizabeth's New Life published, and at the same time
planning my next effort. This will either be a story about a young
Englishwoman who is engaged by a wealthy gentleman to be a nurse for his ailing
wife, called Laura's Gold, or a collection of short stories,
called Tea Break.