Books. Films. Love. Life. I see something or hear something and I want to write about it. I read books and can't help but want to write. I watch a film and automatically my mind fills with ideas. Something happens in my life and I find myself writing as if it's some sort of closure.
Why are you taking longer to write The History Series?
Everything I right is personal. There were aspects of Rules that meant a lot to me but History is different. I relate to the characters a little closer and struggle to write how they feel. Andrew's mum isn't very well and I can relate to that so it's almost a little bit too personal.
What is The History Series all about?
Everything. It's about everything. It's about realising you aren't defined by your past and that you can't define others by their past. It's about forgiveness. It's about trying to forget the past and wishing you could just erase it but knowing that you can't. History is about dealing with the present when the past still hurts and learning not to let the past define the future. It's about love.
Who is your favourite character from The History Series?
It's hard to answer this question. Every character I write has their own story. I feel like they are all important and special. I know them all so well, their like family to me. But if I absolutely had to have favourites it would probably be Jacob, Andrew's brother. I can't wait to write his story. It's all in my mind waiting to be written onto paper. Gideon, Clara's brother is equally awesome.
Some people think Andrew is just a bully. What do you think?
He definitely bullied her. When they were kids he definitely bullied her and I would never endorse or support bullying but it's fair to say that most bullies bully for a reason. I'm not going to tell you it's because she's a girl and he likes her because that would be a little bit too niave. He hurt her because hurting her was the only thing that made him feel something. He was hurting and so he hurt her because getting a reaction out of her was the only thing that made him feel. As a kid, sure he was a bully, but did that make him a bad person? I don't think so. I think it makes him someone who is real, someone who made a lot of mistakes.
Who's story is next after Clara and Andrew's?
After History I'll be writing Intimacy. The Intimacy Series is about Tallulah. I really can't wait to write her story. I just love her. She's hurt and a little bit broken right now but she's so bubbly and happy. You just can't help but love her. She's falsly optimistic and I'm sure we can all relate to that. We all know what it's like to put a smile on and pretend that everything is okay.
What chapter are you working on right now?
I'm working on chapter seven of Deleting History. Andrew has just been hijacked by Clara's brothers and now he's about to have a dreadful conversation about yet again another mistake he made as a kid. I've just started it but I can already feel the tension. It's going to get ugly.
Still don't have a desk?
I have a desk! Finally! But I don't use it. I still sit with my laptop on my lap in front of the TV, in bed, on the train, in the garden, in a notebook... but I never sit at my desk. It's covered in everything else. It's mostly covered in books.
Are you like the characters in your books?
Yes. No. Maybe. There are attributes that are 100% me. The way Aurora worries about what her family think of her that;s all me. The way Landon holds back from relationships, me again. The way both Clara and Andrew both feel about their mum's - I've felt that way about both my parents. But there are a lot of things that are uniquely them and absolutely nothing to do with me. Aurora's braver than me and Landon is powerful. Clara is more forgiving and Andrew manages to find the answers he needs. I see myself in all of them but in so many ways they surpass their author.
Choose: paperback, ebook or audio?
Hardest question ever... paperback technically always wins right? The smell of a new book. The smell of an old book. You can't beat it. But I mostly buy ebooks because it's better for the environment and I can read in the dark. I listen to audiobooks on the way to work and when I'm too tired to keep my eyes open but I refuse to stop reading.
What are you reading right now?
I have a handful of books waiting to be read on my tablet but I need to catch up on my reviews before I can read more. And perhaps even more importantly, I really need to do some writing, if I'm ever going to get my next book out there. So those books that are calling to me might just have to wait, at least for a few days.
Persuasion by Jane Austen almost certainly. I love it. I love the way all seems lost and she's destroyed by her lost love even though he thinks she's coping just fine without him and he's ruined without her but he's too proud to show it. They almost let their pride get in the way of their happiness and they certainly allow other peoples' opinion to have too great a consequence but I love them and I love their story.
What's your type in guys?
Real or fictional? Fictional - Darcy, Gideon Cross... hot, arrogant, a little bit dominant, slightly dark. Real - dark hair, green eyes, funny. I like a guy that makes me laugh. Arrogance is still a win - I hate it but I love it and I certainly hate that I love it. I'm quite indecisive but funnily enough I find indecision really annoying in blokes. It's double standards but oh well. If Gideon Cross were a real man, I'd happily marry him.
Other than writing what are you passionate about?
Reading... politics - I have an opinion about everything... animals - I only eat meat about three times a week because I believe we eat too much meat. It's has a negative effect on the environment and the poor animals just go to waste.
Would you say you are a romantic?
I write romance so I guess my answer has to be yes but if I'm honest I think I'm too cynical to be a true romantic. I don't fall in love easily. I don't believe in love at first sight. I don't think that love lasts forever. In fact I think love is hard work and you have to be willing to put the work in. Am I romantic? Probably not... I just wish that I was. I wish that love at first sight was real. I wish that love lasted throughout decades and centuries. I wish that love was easier and that the idea of marriage didn't scare me quite as much as it does. So because I'm not romantic, because I struggle to not be cynical, the only place romance makes sense is in my head - that's why I write romance.