Thanks Debbie, so much. In case readers didn’t know, Debbie and I had recorded a pretty wonderful interview. Unfortunately three days later when I went to listen to it, I realized we hadn’t gotten any audio at all. 
And I’m truly sorry all of you missed hearing it.  To make up for things Debbie graciously gave me this written interview instead. Enjoy!


How did you get the idea for P.A.W.S.?

Back in October 2012 I had a little flash. I saw a scene of a young girl being given a silver cat charm by her grandmother on the day before she died. I knew it contained magic and over the next few days the story of Miri and P.A.W.S. emerged. I told the story to my children initially and they encouraged me to write it.

So that November I sat down for National Novel Writing Month and wrote the first draft of P.A.W.S. And so the journey began. Sriously, Try NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNo. It’s really helped me to get those words down.

Tell us a bit about your writing process.

I’ve started each of my three novels so far during NaNo months. For the first draft I set myself a daily goal (usually 2K words) and don’t let myself go on the internet until I’m done. I’m a discovery writer. Although I have a general idea where my series is going I don’t have it planned out in advance and am sometimes surprised by the odd twists and turns it takes. For example in my latest book, Umbrae, we discover that there is a shadow world hidden beneath our own. When the werecat in my story led me there that was a surprise to me too and I really enjoyed exploring this new place as the story unfolded.

Any recommendations to just starting out writers, programs or books, or other process?

After I’ve finished the first draft I let it sit for a bit. Often times when I’m writing I think that all my words are bad, but I’ve learned that if I wait a few weeks and then go back I often discover that the first draft is not as big a mess as I thought it was. I’m at this point in my process at the moment with book 4, Londinium. I enjoy the editing stage. I take it slowly and fill in all the odd gaps. This is when I research things I’ve marked. I spent much of the day last Wednesday virtually travelling around the London Underground making sure I had all my tube stops right!

After self-editing my manuscript goes off to my trusty band of beta readers. I value their feedback and each one of them has their own take which is slightly different. Then I self-edit again and then it’s off to the editor, Rebecca Jaycox. (Highly recommended – she does editorial magic!) Finally I edit again, proofread, format and publish! And then on to the next one. The whole process usually takes about a year from start to finish.

When did you first start writing?

I’ve been writing for most of my life, but only started taking myself seriously as a writer in 2012 after I came out of cancer treatment. My brush with the big C made me realize my mortality and that if I wanted to write that novel I needed to do it now.

 

Tells us a little bit about your new release, Umbrae.

At the end of book 2, Argentum, Miri is left with a strange book which she cannot read as the pages are blank. In Umbrae Miri travels to Israel to meet with a mystical rabbi and a werecat in Safed and to learn the secrets of her book.

How can readers connect with you?

Lots of ways – My blog – Paws 4 Thought.

Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon.

Pick up your copy of Umbrae today.