One of the greatest joys in my life is my furry family. My darling shih tzu puppies, KoKo and Chanel are with me everyday in my office as I tap into my inspiration to create my stories. No matter how many hours I spend writing or editing, they are there. Perched on my desk or under my feet, their patience is remarkable as neither will leave my office until I do, day or night. Sometimes their snoring is louder than my background music, which pleases me enormously as it shifts my focus from writing to their glorious presence. My dogs are my gods, sustaining me with their love, loyalty and forgiveness. In fact, they are my muse, demonstrating what love is truly about. If I can capture some of that in my romance novel relationships, I have them to thank for it
Twenty-first century life runs at a frenetic pace. Much faster than the twentieth century – I assure you. Every day there is more to do and seemingly less hours in the day. Personally, I’ve found each year whizzes past faster and faster. In the midst of doing my daily life, including managing a successful business, family commitments and developing my writing career, there’s little time for much else.
Imagine my surprise when on Valentine’s Day this year, I receive news that the other two erotic romances in my Dance of Love series, Tiny Dancer and Dance to a Gypsy Beat, won Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Book and Best Cover 2016. Last year, when my debut novel, Dancing Queen, the first book in the series won Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Book and Best Cover for 2015, I was stunned. Now, to have won the Readers’ Choice Awards two years running, is magic.
Toward the end of 2016, I completed my fourth book. A mysterious romantic suspense, set in Melbourne and rural New South Wales, it is a story of family betrayal, buried secrets, unrequited revenge and hope. Here’s a quick blurb…
I have always been a highly creative person and as such, I learned not to push my creativity. As 2016 came to a close, I had a number of new story ideas floating around in my mind, however none of them cheered loudly enough ‘write me, write me.’ So I let go and leaned into my inspiration.
The second half of 2016 has truly slipped away. Crammed with so much inspiration and activity, I have repeatedly moved my blogging to my To-Do list week after week. But to scold myself would be counter-productive. As an author my first commitment must be to my writing, and I’ve been thrashing out my fifth manuscript – a contemporary women’s fiction with romantic and suspense elements. Moving into this mainstream genre has given me more scope to delve even deeper into my characters to elicit more emotion for them and the reader.
If someone had told me when I started this journey to be a published author, that I would have my first three books published in just over a year, I would have thought they were overly optimistic. But it happened!The third book in my Dance of Love series, Dance to a Gypsy Beat, was published on 4 August 2016. Like the other erotic romances I’ve written in this series, I loved writing this book as well. As in the others, the divine feminine appears to help the heroine on her journey.
I learned a long time ago, that unless we expect magic and miracles to abound in our lives, they won’t. It is no accident why dreams come true… Dreams comes true because of the intention, attention and action taken on their behalf.
The launch of my second erotic romance Tiny Dancer, Dance of Love, Book Two was so much fun. As Tiny Dancer is set in the Moulin Rouge Paris, a group of friends and readers joined me for the French-themed event, where we drank bubbly, ate delicious food and generally partied to celebrate. I love my book launches as it gives me a chance to interact with my readers. I love to hear how the characters in my books impact them – who they like, who they don’t like and what their favourite part of the story is.
As a woman who has always done things differently to most people, the question of being ‘too out there’ has been a constant in my life. Never one to back down from a challenge or to stand up for the rights of others, I have found myself on the leading edge when others falter. It is the eternal spirit within compelling me forward to express the truth of me, no matter how crazy the world may see me.