Questions I’ve been asked:
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
My most recent novella, Love In Modena, came as a result of readers of Under A Namibian Sky asking about what happens to the characters Luca and Naomi once they leave Namibia and move to Italy.
Their curiosity stoked my own and I had to find out. Besides, the characters were still talking to me!
How do you get inspired to write?
I LOVE writing with a capital L. I’ve always told and written stories from as young as I can remember. I was just too busy singing opera for many years to think about publishing a novel. I guess now it’s time. Inspiration comes from everywhere. Sometimes, I read something, sometimes, I experience something myself, and sometimes, I hear snippets of conversations when I travel, which greatly intrigues me and sets my imagination alight. It comes from other people’s lives, movies, world events, etc. Inspiration is all around us all the time. It’s just a question of recognising a great idea when it lands in your mind.
What are you currently working on?
As always, I seem to be working on several projects, concurrently.
The third novel in the Desert Love series, Heat In The Desert is really fun to write and I can’t wait to share it with readers who’ve loved Under A Namibian Sky and Love In Modena. I hope to get Heat In The Desert out in August/September this year.
Having written The Healing Touch, the first novel in the Love Beyond Reason series, essentially for friends, I have just finished re-writing and re-publishing the novel with a wonderful new cover by the talented Jane Dixon-Smith. The story is about the life and death of my dear, and uber-talented friend, Steven. But it is also a love story, a story full of intrigue and emotional ups and downs and now that Steven has been dead for six years, I can look at what happened more clearly.
Now, it’s time for the second novel in the Love Beyond Reason series, called Forever and Ever Love. I’ve already started to write it and it should be out at the beginning of 2020.
Another current project is my non-fiction book, Breathing For Confidence, the first in the Your Voice, Your Superpower series about the techniques for optimal breathing for good, strong voice production and health.
As an operatic soprano in my previous life, I appreciate especially how important breathing is. It’s time to share my knowledge and experience with others who might find it useful.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Tell stories, role play. And always carry a notebook. Write everything that inspires you in your notebook. And I mean everything: your dreams, paintings, songs, news articles, snippets of conversations as you pass people on the street, anything that captures your attention and your imagination. Don’t think you’ll remember it because you won’t.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
It’s a little like being an actor, I guess, I get to live many lives and many different characters, and experience and explore many different realities. Writing allows me to experience what life would have been like, had I been born in a different body, to different parents, and had different friends. It’s fun. But it is also difficult to face a blank page and to make your words paint the pictures in your head that readers can visualise.
But the very best thing about being a writer is that I get to connect with so many wonderful readers from around the world – people I never would have been able to meet under any other circumstances – and to build real friendships with them. I’m truly blessed.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I go for long walks. It usually clears my head and if I’d been pondering a particular problem, by the time my walk is over, I can’t wait to get back to writing.
I would love for you to purchase my books, read them and post short reviews about what you thought on Amazon or wherever you had bought them. Even if you just say, “I liked it.” That’s also a great review and I thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity in doing so.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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