Questions I’ve been asked:
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
The idea for my book came when friends started asking me to tell the story of what happened when my best gay friend suddenly died. I seemed to be telling it over and over again. And it helped me to deal with the debilitating grief I experienced. But I also wanted to remember all the fun times we had, all the creativity…and I knew it was something many people could relate to, so I created a story around that event.
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.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on two projects. The first is my children’s novel, George And The Gargoyle Who Lived In The Garden. If all goes to plan, it will be published in November 2015. There will most likely be three further books to follow.
My second is a novella called Tempus – there will be two more to follow. If everything works out as I hope it will, the books will be the continuation of a concept musical I created and produced in London’s West End two years ago with talented lyricist, Dr Philippa Semper, and composer, Elizabeth Dockrell-Tyler. I would like to take it a step further. After writing the books, I envisage the musical proper!
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Tell stories, role play. And always carry a note book. Write everything that inspires you in your note book. 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 bit like being an actor, I guess, I get to live many lives and many different characters. 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 pictures that readers can visualise.
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.
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