Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?
Usually the story. I’ll get an idea or I’ll think of a particular scene out of nowhere and then I think about who is involved and where. I love when a scene just pops into my head!
Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?
Sometimes, the characters control me! I’ll decide I want a character to be with a certain person, but the character tells me they don’t want that! I often have to just go with the flow.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
A line I write in the story or something a character says can sometimes inspires me to use it as a title. I often leave the title until after most of the story is written.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I had a passion for acting and musical theatre. I loved being in school musicals and local productions. I loved singing. I even auditioned for drama schools and Australian Idol! But with rejection after rejection, I decided that I’d persue other interests.
Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us?
I’ve started to work on a new story. I had an idea for a story about 4 years ago and I’m revisiting it but with some new twists and endings than originally planned.
Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)?
It’s not too strange (I don’t think!) but I often write in all capitals. I think my Dad used to do the same.
You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
My father having Alzheimer’s and passing away. I’ve had some pretty horrible experiences in my past, but that has got to be the worst. Some other experiences, as horrible as they were, I wouldn’t erase because they’ve helped me to be who I am today.
When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?
“Ughh, my hair is s***!”. Haha! I tried to dye my hair blue a while ago, it’s all come out and now I’m left with brown/black/blonde/regrowth yuckness!
What were you doing at midnight last night?
Trying to sleep and get warm again after my dog woke me up to go outside!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Oysters. I can’t stand them!
What do you want to know about the future?
I’d love to know what direction my career will go in and what successes will come my way!
What’s your heritage?
My father was English and my mum is Filipino.
What’s your favorite pizza?
Pepperoni pizza with barbecue sauce base on deep pan. I used to work in a pizza shop… I know my way around a pizza…
What’s one thing scientists should invent?
Writer de-blocker. Stop the whole writers block from even happening! If there’s an “after-life”, there should be a phone to call people who have passed away.
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I am a gamer. I could spend hours playing video games if I was allowed! So, I’ll play games online and sometimes stream it so people can watch me play and chat to me as well.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I always liked writing and reading books. I remember I won a poetry competition when I was about 7 years old and when I was in High School, I wanted to be a journalist. I even did my work experience at the local newspaper publication and wrote some stories that got published! So, writing has always been in the background of my interests.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I’d either be finishing my degree and being a counsellor or pushing for more followers on my gaming channels online.
Fill in the blank favorites (two word max!)
Dessert – chocolate ice-cream
City – Sydney
Season – Autumn
Hero – Minecraft Steve
Heroine – Fionna (Adventure Time)
What question would you love to answer that I didn’t ask?
Who are 5 people you would have to dinner, dead or alive?
Sir Elton John, Russell Brand, Ricky Gervais, Jake Shears and Pink.
Tell us about your current title.
Speed More Often follows the life of Sandra Jones. She likes a drink, likes a party and sure loves her men. She’s never lonely, but after going out for the night with friends, she drives home drunk and is caught by the police. She gets more than expected from Officer Tom Watkins on that fateful night!