I’m getting older. It’s a fact I don’t like to admit.
In fact, I spend my days desperately trying to hide any signs of aging and clinging to my faded youth.
That is until I meet Dallas Mahoney, the silver-haired fox who not only shows his age, but embraces it. And you know what? I like it. I like it a whole lot.
With a big birthday coming up, I’m soon to embark on a new era in my life; the naughty forties. The question is, do I take a leaf from his book and let it all hang out?
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Interrogating the Author...
1. Would you rather fight - 100 chicken-sized donkeys or one donkey-sized chicken?
This one is easy. I'd take the 100 chicken-sized donkeys over the donkey-sized chicken any day. Can you imagine what the beaks and claws could do to you if a chicken was that big? Nope. I think I'll take my chances with the miniature donkeys.
2. When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
Well, I know this is where I'm meant to say I always wanted to be an author, but that's not entirely accurate. I did always love to write, but never thought it was a possibility. I did, however, want to be an actress on Broadway. I wanted to sing and dance and perform on stage for the world to see. It was either that or be a back up dancer for Madonna.
3. Do you prefer to be original or write what your readers want?
I'm original. I don't know how other authors can do research and write whatever is selling at the time. That doesn't inspire me. I write whatever story pops into my head. It could be inspired by a song, or a place I've visited, a conversation with a friend. Hell, sometimes a random scene will just play out in my head, and boom! There's another WIP.
Basically, I write what I want to.
4. What book made you cry?
Okay, I have many that have made me cry, but there are two that made me full on ugly cry. I'm talking blotchy face sobbing. Both these books stayed with me after I finished them, and I continued crying for a while after. They wrecked me, and I loved it. Those books are "Blue" by Sarah Jayne Carr (and no, that's not just me kissing up to you), and "A Thousand Boy Kisses" by Tillie Cole.
5. We're in a bar and I'm buying you a drink. What'll it be?
Jamison whiskey with ginger ale and lime. That's my jam.
6. Plotting or pantsing?
Pantser all the way. I tried to plot with my very first book, but the characters hijacked the situation and took it somewhere else. It was still pretty much the story I set out to write, but executed differently. I go in with a vague idea of what might happen, or even just a first line of the book, or maybe a character. That's it. I fly blind and let the characters dictate what happens. Most of the time, I have no idea how it will end until maybe halfway through, and even then it can change. I'm pretty much the puppet and my characters pull the strings.
7. What's the funniest typo you've ever written?
Okay, so this wasn't in one of my books, but it was a text to a friend when I locked myself out of my house one day.
"Son of a bitch. Just licked myself out."
I pressed send and then realised what I'd said after. So. Embarrassing.
8.What's your favourite scene in your latest novel?
Deep Heat is my latest novel. It's a contemporary romantic comedy. My favourite scene is one between the main character, Marianne, and her best friend, Susan. They're discussing the current dry spell one is enduring and the blind date the other had the night before. Susan is one of those friends who is outspoken and opinionated, and she's constantly trying to get Marianne to live a little. In this particular scene, she's getting particularly sassy, and she starts calling herself Susancé (as in Beyonce). She wants to know all about the night before, and is horrified to find out it didn't go as she was hoping.
9. Who are your favourite authors?
Karin Slaughter is my all time favourite author. She writes crime/thriller/suspense and she always keeps me on the edge of my seat. I never know what's going to happen, and I love that. I'm jealous of her mind.
I'm also a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty, Lily Archer, Celia Aaron, Nicole S. Goodin, and RC Boldt. Ooh, and I've recently become a fan of Stephen King too.
10. If you could spend a day with any author, who would it be and what would you do?
It pretty much all comes down to who I want to learn from. I'd love to be able to write suspense that constantly keeps people guessing like Karin Slaughter and Celia Aaron, so it would be one of them. I'd want to find out their process and where they get their ideas. I'd want to know how much research they do, and if they have clear ideas from the start or if they're more like me and go with the flow.
Thanks so much for interviewing me! This has been a blast!
About the Author...
Who am I? Let me tell you...
I reside in Ashburton, New Zealand with my husband and three children. I am a qualified proof-reader, author, wife, mother, and self-proclaimed culinary goddess. When I'm not busy writing or editing books, I enjoy reading and encouraging my children to have a love of books. My spare time is spent helping to promote other Indie authors on my book review blog, Stayc's Book Obsession.
My latest venture is a book box subscription service called A Novel Idea NZ. Boxes are sent out four times a year and each one includes at least one kiwi author.
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