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believed in magic—the magic of places, the magic of people, the magic of
coincidences, serendipity, and fortune. She enjoyed wandering through the world
with the open mind and curiosity of a four-year-old child. In her world the
mystical, mythical, and magical inhabited the same space and time as the
ordinary and the practical. At Bethesda Terrace, she always felt close to a
source of magic and creativity. It was as if she were tapping into the place
where dragons, angels, gods, sorceresses, and demons came to life.”
him instantly. The young woman plunged her hand into his wound and licked the
blood. Once again, she dipped her hand into the blood and used four fingers to
paint stripes on her face. Sky’s defiant eyes locked on Iblis.”
guilt crushed Gabriel every time he interacted with Morgan. The Ange’el’s
affection for the human was weakening his mandate to control her movements and
influence her decisions. His task was, once again, to deceive and manipulate.
He seemed destined to betray the confidence of those he held most dear.”
would be much less trouble if you were willing to bat your magic eyelashes.”
Sathian was flirtatious, titillating, quick-witted, and brilliant. He left a
trail of broken hearts across the land as he teased and taunted his victims
with his beauty and charm. Both women and men succumbed to his joie de vivre
and panache as he was an untypical Ange’el that carried the sunshine in his
smile and in his eyes.”
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve been writing all my life, mostly inside my head, but also on paper. I used to write poetry when I was a child. Gabriel, one of the main characters of Ahe’ey, has lived inside my head since the beginning of time; I was probably five or six when he became my best friend.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
This is a funny and weird little story. Some years ago, I moved from London to Sydney; it was an exciting adventure. I was travelling to a new place on the other side of the planet to assume a leadership role in a consulting firm. I decided to share my adventures on a blog, writing under a pen name. I soon had a large engaged following including a famous Canadian paranormal romance author.
As soon as I arrived in Sydney, I fell in love with the city and with a kind man who was a bit of a troublemaker. Back then I was very insecure and self-aware, and he was the biggest, loudest personality I knew. He was a single father of an adorable two-year-old girl, and they made the most enchanting duo. I fell in love with them both immediately but worked hard to resist my feelings because we both worked for the same company and he was a bit of a wildcard. I used to write about it on my blog, enhancing the story for dramatic effect. It became a forbidden romance story, full of my insecurities and plenty of self-imposed drama.
A few years later the Canadian author sent me a note telling me that my adventures had inspired her new vampire book. When I read it, I discovered that the author had used most of my stories in her new novel, she even used my real first name for the main character of the novel. I was conflicted; happy to see some of my adventures in print, and amused to find out I was the main character of a cheesy vampire romance. But, I was also somewhat annoyed with the actions of the author. At that time, I decided that if my stories were good enough for her to publish, then I should go ahead and start publishing them myself. And voilà, ten years later, I am doing so. I still have plenty of the same quirks and fancies, but these days I don’t let anyone appropriate my stories.
I still smirk at the thought that my ex was turned into a vampire and now lives forever in the pages of an extra-cheesy and somewhat saucy vampire novel that is read by thousands of people around the world. Even Taylor Swift would be proud of such a devilish, revengeful feat, an unintended consequence that is both amusing and completely surreal.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Today we stand at a crossroads; the road ahead is dangerous and uncertain and every step we take brings with it collateral damage. Yet, we must keep walking; we must place one foot in front of the other, we must be thoughtful, and present, and connected. We must choose the path of inclusion, empathy and compassion, and if we follow this path, everything may turn out to be just fine.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Putting myself in someone else’s shoes and letting the story emerge. I find I learn a lot about the world and people different from me by immersing myself in my characters’ perspective. This is particularly interesting when the character is a villain as I still need to uncover the humanity in his or her actions.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
The vulnerability that is required to commit pen to paper. It’s as rewarding as it is confronting because every character is part of you and you need to abandon any embarrassment and serve the story and the characters as authentically as possible.
What advice would you give to people who want to enter the field?
Tell a story that only you can tell; take full advantage of what makes your voice unique. Surround yourself with authors that can help you learn the craft and overcome fears and challenges. On a more practical note, use scrivener, I’d never been able to finish my novel without it.
What ways can readers connect with you?
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