1) When and why did you decide you wanted to be a published author?
I’ve always loved to read and write. Seeing the world through a character is a great way to escape the everyday for a little while, and if that includes an exciting romance with an intriguing man, all the better!
I dabbled with trying to write a book over ten years ago, but now I know I was too lacking in life experience to write one that really resonated with readers. Although I never stopped writing, I became more serious about it after my second child was born. That’s when I noticed the years were slipping by, and I didn’t want to say I hadn’t given it my all.
My favourite rock-band of all time is Muse, and I credit a line in one of their songs that keeps me motivated: Don’t waste your time or time will waste you.
2) What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
The absolute best thing is the fact I can really write! : ) Those niggling doubts can be crippling and the idea an editor thinks I have talent still gives me goose-bumps.
I can honestly say there’s been nothing from my editor that has filled me with dread. Maybe she was just being extra gentle with this newbie : ) I’ve loved the whole journey so far – even the grueling rounds of edits when you have to break down your story to its skeleton and lay it bare for scrutiny.
3) Favourite author/s?
Ooo – I’m glad you put the ‘s’ on the end of author. I couldn’t possibly keep to one! They are in no particular order:
4) What is your typical day?
I’m mother to a ten-year old boy and 2 ½ year old girl, so no writing AT ALL gets done during the day. My fingers itch to get in front of my laptop, but as soon as I do, I’m needed by someone. So instead, after seeing my son off to school, I bake, play with my daughter, walk our greyhound, do the housework, then it’s time for dinner preparations and the bed-time routine. Once the children are in bed for the night, I might watch a bit of television then get behind the keyboard and stay there until around midnight.
5) Share your blurb or short excerpt from your latest release with us
Guardian of the Jewel
After coming to terms with the brutal death of her husband by unknown thugs half a world away from New Zealand, Amy Hamblin concentrates on bringing up their son alone, struggling to make their dream of an action-adventure tourism venture a success.
When a dark, dangerous-looking man knocks on her door late at night claiming to be a guest, the safe, quiet life she’d created is suddenly anything but...
Gabriel Ryan’s task of finding the priceless blue diamond Amy’s husband stole from an organized crime ring, is made all the more difficult by the attraction that sizzles between them. Playing a role had never been so hard, and now, with a ruthless killer on the trail of the missing jewel as well, he needed his wits about him to keep them all alive.
6) Who would you cast to play your hero & heroine in a movie?
Hero: Hands down, Gerard Butler – but if Sam Worthington was dark-haired, mmm…his physique and brooding looks make him the perfect hero don’t you think?
Heroine: Leslie Mann (from the original George of the Jungle)
7) Did you plan this book? Or write it as it came?
I answered the call for submissions from The Wild Rose Press. They wanted stories involving a blue diamond for their Crimson line (or suspense). I had three months after hearing about the call to finish and submit the book, so I had a rough idea of where I wanted to take the story, but it was a little organic. I think having a deadline was a really good thing for a writer like me though. It forced me to focus and concentrate on the one project until it was finished.
8) What surprised you the most when you became a published?
I was actually surprised at how people treated me after becoming published. Suddenly, my little hobby was taken seriously and some people were in awe of me and the idea my work was out there. Little old me! Strange isn’t it? Mind you, I haven’t met Jodi Picoult or LaVyrle Spencer yet and I just know I’d make a gibbering idiot of myself if I did : )
9) Do you have a dedicated writing space? What does it look like?
Oh, I so wish I did. My writing space is in my family-room where I’m constantly finding toys tucked away in every conceivable crevice. My greyhound keeps me company at that peaceful time of the night when everyone’s gone to bed. At the moment, it’s quiet and close to midnight. I’ve just added the last of the logs in the woodburner (it’s Winter here in New Zealand) before I retire for the night.
10) What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on a story which I hope to have finished by the end of August for another submission call – this time about superheroes! I’m having so much fun writing it, so much so that I’m looking at making it into a series. Wish me luck : )
Thanks so much for hosting me Rachel. It was a fun interview!
If you want to find out more about me and my writing, you can find me at the following:
Novel Natterings – my blog
I’d love to see you there!
Really enjoyed getting to know you, LaVerne! We have three things in common - I too, started writing after the birth of my second daughter after the 'now or never' feeling became too strong to ignore AND then there's Jodi Picoult and Phillipa Gregory. Two of my absolute favourite authors! I have been lucky enough to meet Jodi Picoult twice at her book signings and Phillipa Gregory once. And yes, I was a blabbering idiot, lol!
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