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embark on a new chapter of her life, she had no idea where this journey of self
and sexual discovery would lead.
re-awakened and with every new, tantalising, naughty meeting Lou’s confidence
grew, as did her need for more.
look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just
start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it
out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes,
the pants’ and when a chapter pops into my head, I need to take the MacBook Air
out and get it written down. There’s not
normally a plan. It’s more of a seed
that needs planting and then it grows on screen as I get into it.
or wait till you’re finished before you edit? How many times would
you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it
over? With Vanilla Extract I had written a
number of chapters before I knew what I was going to do with them. They were all in a Word document, in no
particular order, and it was some time before I was in a position to look over
them all and come up with some sort of plan.
I was around two thirds completed before I found my publisher and this
was over a year since I started writing.
It meant I had to review everything I had written to that point before I
felt confident in showing it to him.
Once the book was finished, I reviewed it entirely twice before sending
it in as finished.
group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
such, although 3P Publishing does hold events where its writers come together
from time to time. It’s usually more of
a social networking event but we always tend to leave with something new we
hadn’t thought of before.
ideas for your stories?
personal experiences and those I have discovered from being surrounded by
people in this genre. My research has
certainly been interesting and I have learned a lot!
for aspiring writers?
getting those words on screen (or paper if that is what you prefer). Rather than say “I haven’t got time,” make
time. I tend to take my iPad Mini out on
long journeys and use the Notes application to jot down my stories. I can then mail it to myself to include in
the overall work later.
work all these years later. Philip
Pullman has a fantastic imagination, as does Clive Barker.
pretty eclectic from Foo Fighters to Sterephonics, Bob Marley to Queen and most
things in between.
with any indulgences. I try not to snack
while I’m writing. I would hate to get
crumbs in my laptop as it’s so precious to me.
Even my kids are not allowed to use it!
children. While not on ‘Mum-duties’ she works in high finance in London