Hello Iris and welcome to Author’s Limelight! Congratulations on the recent release of New Beginnings.
Thank you for having me.
What was the first story you ever wrote?
My first story was also my first book “Sweet Dreams, Miss England”. I’d never been a story writer, but a person with an immense love for numbers (hence my day job in finance!). I could say I wish I’d listened to the “voices in my head” earlier, but I never really saw myself as a writer.
Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character?
Tricky! I love Daniel, my Irish charmer in “Sweet Dreams, Miss England” and I hope one day I can write a continuation of the story. But I suppose currently I love Sophie and Mia Levesque, the sisters in “New Beginnings” who inherited a house. Especially Mia who, at eight years old, is so full of life and wit.
Has being published changed you at all? If so, how?
I’d lie if I’d say no. It’s a great feeling to know that other people are reading your story, and most of the time liking it as well. Very humbling experience.
What would we find on your bookshelf / e-reader?
A lot of books by Jill Shalvis & Lee Child!!
I love romance, mystery and crime. At the moment I’m trying to read more Australian romance stories. I feel I missed out on quite a few really good books the last few years 😉
What’s the most unappealing thing you’ve ever eaten?
When I lived in Montreal, I had a few international friends and we met once a week to eat a dish from that person’s country. The Mexican dish knocked me out … There was no way I was able to eat more than that mouthful. Honestly, I can’t tell you what it was, but it was horrible! Don’t get me wrong, nothing against Mexican food. I love Fajitas!
If you could be any of the following characters for one day, who would you be and why? How would you re-write the ending?
a) Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.
b) Thelma or Louise from Thelma and Louise.
c) Princess Leia from Starwars.
d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.
Was it Thelma or Louise who got to go to bed with Brad?
Of all the books in history, which do you wish you wrote and why?
I wouldn’t have a clue, to be honest. I have to admit I wish I could write mystery novels and would’ve created a character like Jack Reacher. I think that’s what I go with. Lee Child is doing a great job with those stories!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Be the Supermum !
If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?
If I could go back in time I’d go back to visit my teenage Self. Wouldn’t it be neat to sit down with yourself and reassure yourself that the future is going to turn out not that bad as it might seem at that time. Tell yourself to not make certain mistakes (the really bad ones, otherwise you don’t learn anything) and to turn left sometimes instead of right.
Can you tell us about your works in progress?
I’ve just finished edits for “More Beginnings”, the sequel to my recently released book “New Beginnings”. Currently I’m writing on “Fresh Beginnings”, the third book in the Beginnings series.
I’m also writing a trilogy about Australian Sports Stars. It’s about an AFL football, a baseball and soccer player. I love this series, the sexy hunks, the naughtiness and the pretty girls. A bit of a challenge, but I’m getting there.
Finally, can you give us a sneaky excerpt from New Beginnings, please?
She stared down at her shopping bags, the contents of one of them now all over the ground. Then she stopped for a moment. There were a set of feet right in front of her. Sophie closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Would there be more humiliation coming her way? She opened her eyes and was determined to… but she lost her thoughts. She stared at the eyes of a man, kneeling in front of her. He was holding her lettuce.
“Are you all right?” he asked.
Not quite sure whether she could trust herself to speak, she just nodded. As unnoticeable as possible, she wiped away the tear that had made its way across her cheek. Then she felt his thumb on her face, wiping the other tear away. She looked up and met his gaze. Beautiful green eyes that just about caused havoc in her inside and a shiver down her spine. Green eyes that belonged to one delicious voice. He wore jeans that fit tight around his muscular legs and an old worn-out grey T-shirt. The blond hair was unkempt with little locks falling over his forehead.
“Just ignore her.”
“I do. It’s her who needs to please ignore me,” she replied quietly.