On Writing and Reading…
do you love most about being a writer?
that my working hours are flexible. I super love that my uniform is track
pants, a sloppy sweater, ugh boots and no make-up. And I super duper love
that my stationery addiction is tax deductible!
do you like least about being a writer?
I am a
born procrastinator, without a willpower gene to speak of. So having a job
where I don’t have a boss looming over me making sure I achieve daily targets
while I work at home near a fridge, two televisions, and a car that can take
me shopping can be, let’s say, taxing when my deadlines loom large.
have a favourite locale or setting for your novels? What is it and why is it
Melbourne to be sure. It’s my home city. And
it’s quite simply gorgeous. And there are so many nooks and crannies and alleys and
mountains and beaches and historic suburbs in which I can land my heroes and
heroines and simply watch how they react against not only one another but the
intensity of their surrounds as well.
of the books you have written is your favourite?
My favourite is always the one yet to be written.
The next idea floating around in my head is so tempting, so full of
possibility and so hard to ignore, especially when I’m meant to be
concentrating wholeheartedly on the story that is due so very soon!
are your five all-time favourite books (with authors)?
CATCH 22 by Joseph Heller
THE PRINCE IN WAITING TRILOGY by John Christopher
THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman
OLIVIA by Ian Falconer
And pretty much anything by Dick Francis or LaVyrle Spencer
one specific piece of advice would you give a would-be writer trying to
kick-start a career?
what you love to write. If one day you sell a book (yay!) beware, your
editor, and your readers, will want more of the same. So be very very
careful of trying to write historical vampires if you don’t think you can keep
it up for a good long time! Write what you love to write and you’ll be a
Describe the ultimate romantic meal.
Anything cooked by someone else! Which isn’t hard as I can’t cook. My hubby
cooks nine nights out of ten, okay make that nineteen out of twenty, so I
guess that means in my house every meal is romantic!
is your all-time favourite romantic movie?
Can’t do it. Can’t possibly pick just one. So here’s a
few for your viewing pleasure: Notting Hill - the final scene in the
park is my version of heaven, makes me cry EVERY time, The Little Mermaid,
Pride and Prejudice, Funny Girl, The Way We Were, La Femme Nikita &
Cyrano de Bergerac
is your all-time favourite romantic song or composition?
hubby and I attended a dinner on our six month anniversary at a posh
restaurant - which was actually my folks home decked out to look like a
posh restaurant. My sister answered the door dressed as a waitress, mum was
the cook, and we had a candlelit table on the back deck. Beautiful music
played in the background all evening and we danced to ‘Someone to Watch
Over Me’, How could it not be my favourite?
is the most romantic gesture or gift you have received?
I think the most wonderful romantic gestures in my life are the
small daily moments that could easily slip by unless I choose to realise how
romantic they are: the kiss on the back of my neck when I’m writing, the foot
rub when sitting in front of the telly, the fact that my hubby uses fettuccini
instead of penne knowing how much I prefer it. I’d give up diamonds and roses
forever if it meant keeping those moments instead.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
I think it’s really important to remember romance is just
one part of a multi-faceted relationship. Remain communicative, respectful,
supportive, energetic and joyful and the romance comes naturally. Though I
have been with my hubby for over eleven years and we never go to sleep without
tip would you give your readers to make their lives more romantic?
You be the one to light candles all over the house when hubby comes home from
work. Or organise a weekend away somewhere special for no good reason. Or
dedicate a book or two to the man you love – that one works for me!
is the most romantic place you’ve ever travelled?
Anywhere in the car with my hubby driving, with great
music in the CD player, my bare feet on the dashboard, watching the world
flash by while we exist in our own private little pocket of the world.