Author Q & A
Here are a selection of questions asked by readers who have enjoyed my books which may give you an insight into how I write.
How do you plan your work? Do you use notes, maps, pictures, do you type straight onto a computer or do you use written notes?
Lots of people ask me this! I use a combination of ways to plan my work. Research is generally conducted online, and I save inspiring pictures and ideas to Pinterest. I have a few spiral bound notebooks with different sections where I write longhand. I write out timelines, social structures and plot sequences in longhand. I draw a lot of diagrams, maps, flowcharts and pictures of how I want things or characters to look. When I am writing, I will use my computer when I am in the flow of writing. If I am struggling with writer's block, I write in longhand.
Will we get to know more about some of the characters in Flammeus in future books in the series?
You will definitely be hearing more about some of the characters in Flammeus in future books! I'd love to explore more of their back stories and to further develop their characters. Can't tell you which ones yet though... who would you like to know more about?
Do you know how events will unfold in this series or do you change your mind as you write?
I know my broad plan for all the books in the series, and I know what I would like to achieve by the end of the series, and in each book, to a degree. However, once my characters develop, they do have a way of deciding the path of the story, and sometimes of drawing more attention to themselves than I originally planned!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I take my inspiration from our wonderful world! Both the natural world and the human world are endlessly fascinating to me.