Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
Born in Bradford West Yorkshire UK. My Late Mother was from Bronte country and My Late Dad from Castleford area.
During my lifetime I have been a nurse, done fitness, been a beauty therapist until I was overcome by fibromyalgia. I always wanted to be an Author I love reading! The good old procrastination and direction just sent me in a different direction when I was younger…
I read to my children every night I could and when I couldn’t, I would take a turn at each of their bedsides and make up a quick story.
Whilst I ran my beauty business I wrote a memoir in verse but developed fibromyalgia and undergoing tests etc hindered the marketing, It got put on the back burner. I have accepted the ‘fibro’ now or I am more determined it is not gonna stop me, LOL. I, therefore, contemplated and thought I am going to turn those stories into books so here I am… I enjoy children’s story writing which I can do around my condition. I do still write poetry for my blog and will organise a book of poetry too at some point.
Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I have answered, gosh I do yakker. Ha! Ha! Children’s genre and poetry. Picture and chapter books mainly. I haven’t done Young Adult fiction, mostly, because the fibro affects Memory at times.
Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
The truth is I have been writing books since 2005. I haven’t been marketing books until July This year. That’s when I launched my mini-series ‘Through the Window’ Amy Books.
Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I had a business that I started from scratch. It was a success, and I had to close it due to illness. I did move it and work from home before having to give up altogether. Hence, I have never been traditionally published. I went straight to the self-publishing option.
I have ambition and faith. I am waiting for the day of success…
Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
I tend to race, fall and step back. Step back first. Keep writing, but gather your audience and support network. This is reviewers and proofreaders. Alway’s get your work edited. Be prepared, but the best achievements are the ones worked at for self-satisfaction.
Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I write something every day. Whether prayer, poem or idea. I am slowly building a network and I am improving every day… writing wise and health wise. It is coming together nicely. The condition won’t go away but neither will the books.
Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
Hope, humour, vocabulary, morals and bonding.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
Children are like little sponges. They absorb so much at their young ages. They also, like to watch or read their favourites again and again.
The stories are pleasant with familiar situations children see every day. Weather, seasons, occasions, animals and more. I believe they help to look at the funny side of life, like in my first book where lots of items were flying off in the wind.
They will learn new words and help them develop a good vocabulary.
Most importantly will enjoy while learning.