I’m most happy when I am writing at night, because I need space and time to write.
It’s not about finding Mr Right, or that sort of conventional ending, but I do want my characters to have hope – and that’s what I do with all my stories.
I always want my books to reach a positive point in the end.
Oh, I talk about things; I drive my husband insane. And I can’t tell a lie. Everyone knows. I do this smile thing.
We have a tendency to put ourselves last, we concentrate on everything else; work, friends, family, home issues, but we ignore the deeper stuff until it becomes so compressed that it can explode.
Although when I start a novel I know how it will begin and end, I like to let the people within the story take me on a journey between those points without having a fixed plan.
Don’t force yourself to write. Some people can write a novel in a few months, whereas for others it can take over a year. I’m lucky to be one of the former – but, even so, if I’m not in the mood to write, I won’t. I’ll go off, do something else and come back to it when I’m ready.
I always like to entertain, first of all, and if the readers take anything away from it that helps them with their own lives, well then, that is a bonus.
I always take a story that’s kind of out there, like an urban myth. I take some possibility that people imagine, that they are familiar with, and try to turn it into a story.
I want a character to wake up one day and feel like, ‘I can face it’. That, to me, is happy. I want the characters to rescue themselves, though you use the relationships you have, to make you strong enough to be able to do that.
I write about emotions – falling in and out of love, finding what you want to do, no matter where you are or who you are. I think that’s why people feel connected.
Decide where and when you want to write. I like space, and silence is an inspiration to me.
I just feel very often like a child in an absolutely weird world. I think that life is quite weird sometimes.
I would love to write a mystery – a romantic, funny mystery.
Discover your own style. Don’t try to repeat what has already been written – have the courage to do your own thing and don’t be afraid to do something different.