Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get ideas for novels?
This is a copy of the Poe I found in a second hand bookshop. I refer to it in my WIP. The other is a copy of a book with pressed flowers.
I typically find ideas in different ways: old books I come across, stories from family or friends, places I visit, research I do for stories that lead to other interesting facts I can use in a novel, historical events. The inspiration for my WIP came from a book my daughter found in Elizabeth’s Bookstore in Perth, WA. Someone had pressed flowers between its pages and that led me to create a botanist in my story.
Where do you write?
I write at a desk facing the window. I can happily listen to music while I am writing or have complete silence, it makes no difference to my creativity.
Where do your ideas for characters originate?
They mainly come from my own imagination. I research whatever it is that defines each character: a talent, a hobby, a job. By a character having something that defines them it makes them come to life in the story. One character in my WIP is botanist another a painter another a housekeeper who runs a tight ship. One makes cheeses, another restores antique books, even a minor character is a good seamstress.
What authors do you like to read?
My reading tastes are a broad church:
I read popular fiction: romance, historical, crime, and literary novels if they tell a good story. To me the essence of a good book is its story. My books are character driven but I also try to write an intriguing story; one that will keep my readers turning the pages.
A few of my favourite authors.
Australian: Henry Handel Richardson, Kate Morton, Lucy Treloar, Geraldine Brooks.
British: Daphne du Maurier, A. S. Byatt, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Mary Stewart, Nancy Mitford, Sebastian Faulks, Pat Barker.
American: Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pat Conroy, Anais Ninn.
I come from a family of book lovers and have inherited the reading gene. Nothing beats opening a new book, reading the first line and knowing the book will stay on my bookshelf forever.
Have a great week, reading, writing, and dreaming.