What’s your background?
I’m British. I grew up in the UK, and I still live here.
***Actually, I’m going to ramble a bit here because I absolutely love the UK 🙂
It’s a magical place, though I’m likely biased. But if you haven’t visited the country, then I can only describe it as a place where enchantment lurks in ancient forests, and fairy circles abound in wild green fields. There’s a glimpse of old in nearly every road and building, no matter how modern. Around every corner, history delights in sneaking up on you and surprising you. Often it’s charming. Sometimes it’s even funny. Once or twice, heart-rending.
So that’s the UK. At least, that’s how I see it.
I write romance because story for me is all about relationships.
I enjoy writing about people and the relationships they share. Now, when it comes to relationships, nothing beats ‘falling in love’. It’s just so intense in every way—happiness and sadness all rolled into one messy package. It’s always wonderful to read about. Wonderful to write about too. And that’s why I make ‘falling in love’ the heart of my stories.
The other reason I write romance is because I love a happy ever after ending, and romance does that very well.
Which is your favourite romance?
Pride and Prejudice, no competition.
Who are your favourite authors?
They haven’t changed much since my younger years. Diana Wynne Jones, Eva Ibbotson, Terry Pratchett, Roald Dahl, Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows) and many others whose depth and range of imagination continue to blow me away and inspire my writing to this day.
Where do you find your ideas?
I really can’t pinpoint it. Stories can be triggered by something as short as a word or as long as a life. But once my mind latches onto an idea, I get no peace until I write it down and give it shape.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies with the complexity of the story (my stories tend to have mystery, lots of action, and intense family dynamics rolled in), but typically it takes me six months to complete a 100,000 word novel.
Do you ever worry you’ll run out of ideas?
No. Refer to Chibi below.
Chibi? Who on earth is Chibi?
Meet Chibi Cat, my muse. He was born and bred in Taiwan, courtesy of my brother who used to live there, but now Chibi lives with me. He’s my ideas magnet (…when he’s not being a dust magnet).
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