In the beginning…tell me what made you decide to start writing?

It was an innate desire to write…and I soon found it to be an avenue to express my feelings particularly during difficult times: i.e. adolescence.

Are there any authors or artists who influence(d) you?

Far too many! But in my youth I have to say Stephen King was the one author that stays with me to this day. Not because of the horror. But because he just had this incredible ability to make his characters feel like real life people. I had decided if I ever wrote a book I wanted to emulate that.

Tell me about your book / series.

All families have secrets. How far would yours go to protect it? Tweet This

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have four more to complete the series.

What’s your opinion on the practice of ‘banning’ books?

What? Are you serious? Who would ban books? They have been our concrete version of history as well as the source of all our loved treasures like Jane Austen and Shakespeare and so many more.

Tell me about a principal character in your books. What makes them memorable?

She fights a twenty-year-old war, where she has been hidden from the truth of her early years, overly protected to ensure she does not remember. That is until someone close to her forgotten past is murdered. Claudia’s character grows from the helpless victim to someone who, not encouraged by her loving family, discovers she can take care of herself.

It’s said that to write well, you need to read a lot. What do you think?

So, so very true. Even since I have been writing, I find that when I read, it is with a different attitude. I read every word and I mean EVERY WORD. Doing so has taught me so much.

Tell me what you feel the worst, and the best, aspects of being an author are, and why.

Best? I create!!!! Love it.

Worst? The editing. I hate it.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

All the time. I love intelligent people who just might pick up that one elusive clue.

What are you writing at the moment?

The sequel to Forgotten… more like editing it.

What’s your opinion on the belief that indie books are badly edited and lower quality than traditionally published?

I guess in some cases that it is true but I honestly feel that there are many authors out there that have written great books but just haven’t been recognised yet.

What is your favourite genre to write, and why?

Mystery/thrillers (with a dash of romance). I love puzzle solving. It drives my husband crazy when I have figured out ‘whodunnit’ well before the end of a movie. When I get to a fork in my book, I ask myself what would the average reader expect?  And then I go the OPPOSITE way.

If you could go back to the start of your writing career, what is the one piece of advice you’d give yourself?

Nothing! I feel writing replicates where you are in your life. The emotions you espouse in your book mirror you, whether it be poems, songs, whatever.  However, I do believe that many people need life experiences to espouse some views well.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How easy creating was… How difficult editing was.

Neven, thank you for taking part in Galaxy of Authors!

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