Getting personal with Lee Todd Lacks

Lee Todd Lacks seeks to blur the distinctions between rants, chants, anecdotes, and anthems. He is one of the friendliest and kindest people I know, he has a great sense of humor and loves his family very very much. I had the honor of getting to know him while working on his release party. I highly recommend you send him a friend request and read his book!


Please help we welcome Lee Todd Lacks to Roadie Notes…..


1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?


2. How many books have you written?

Two, counting Trixie and June. My first book, entitled Underneath, was released by Fermata Publishing in 2016.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

While spanking is but one of many manifestations of BDSM, I’ve never been motivated to write about any of the others. Writing about (or engaging in) BDSM is like shopping at Wal-Mart. Some folks spend hours going through every department, while others are content to find a nice, rawhide belt or a heavy wooden spoon.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I am 49 years old, married with children. My wife supports and encourages my literary pursuits. 🙂 In addition to writing and performing, I am a certified music therapist.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

Trixie and June!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I was fortunate to have some really great elementary and secondary school English teachers, who encouraged me to write poems and short stories. My 7th grade English teacher also deserves credit for sparking my interest in spanking, due to the frequency with which she discussed the subject in class, going so far as to name specific students who would likely benefit from said form of correction!

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I like to play and listen to all types of music, eat and cook all types of food, and watch football (my wife and I are huge Patriots fans 🙂

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I worry.​​

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write and draw at my computer desk, which sits in the corner of our master bedroom. I prefer quiet when I work. Due to the fact that I contend with low vision, I use screen magnification software, which I usually set to 500% with inverted color contrast. I also use an adjustable desktop mount for my monitor, so that I can put it right up to my face.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

The extent to which I constantly question my choice of words.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I’d love to be a famous writer. or a famous musician. Quite honestly, I’d love to do anything that Laurie Anderson does, half as well as she does it!

12. Where do you live?

South Portland, Maine

13. Pets?

Yes. We have a dog named Eliot and a Chinese dwarf hamster named Misako.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love the idea of creating previously nonexistent worlds, and developing characters until they take on lives of their own.

15. What is coming next for you?

I’m not sure. I hope I haven’t exhausted all of my naughty scenarios just yet. 🙂 I do feel like I need to begin another recording project; perhaps something that incorporates electronic music and spoken word. However, my secret ambition is to stage a production of my play entitled “Nothing Between Sisters,” which appears in Trixie and June. Anyone who feels inclined to obtain my book should consider this an open casting call!

16. Please tell us a little about your book! We really want to know where the idea came from.

Since I don’t have any sisters, I’ve always regarded females as sensuous alien beings with a higher emotional intelligence than that of most males. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten past this preconceived notion, and so, I decided to begin a story about two adult sisters named Trixie and June. As a native New Englander, I set the story in Bangor, Maine, and since I’ve always been a bit nostalgic, I chose the early 1960’s as my timeframe. I began by drawing an illustration, entitled “Sans Culotte,” a version of which can be seen on the front cover of the book. This drawing led me to a write a short story entitled “Stocking Feet,” which begins with the two sisters flipping through an old scrapbook, and concludes with Trixie recalling a painfully memorable evening when their father reacquainted them both with the strap for breaking curfew. As I was writing the dialogue for this story, I tried to imagine what adult sisters might discuss in private, but since I have no actual frame of reference, my imagination ran wild! I liken the experience to that of a precocious younger sibling who eavesdrops on his older siblings’ conversations – alternately putting his ear to the door and peering through the keyhole. Upon finishing “Stocking Feet,” I shared the story with one of my cousins, who encouraged me to develop it further. Recognizing the emotional impact of Trixie and June’s dialogue, I decided to continue the story in the form of a script. I began writing the play, entitled “Nothing Between Sisters,” almost a year ago, and it ultimately became the centerpiece of the book. The play reflects my preconceived notions regarding sisters and the way in which they relate to one another. I imagined Trixie and June talking about scandalous romances, memorable spankings, cumbersome underwear, bouts of stomach flu, and any number of other indelicate topics. I imagined them engaging in emotional blackmail while remaining highly protective of one another. I imagined a time when some women believed that they were never too old to go over their parents’ knees, and older siblings functioned as surrogate disciplinarians; a time when the Catholic Church endorsed the use of corporal punishment, and people who chose to entertain alternative beliefs were subject to intense persecution. Some might argue that this historical context seems absurdly gratuitous, but it is my hope that Trixie and June resonates with those who seek to reconcile their gluttony for punishment with their faith-based upbringings.

Thank you very much for inviting me to share these thoughts, Becky!

You can connect with Lee Todd Lacks here:

(a review of my first book, entitled Underneath, which appeared in Gold Dust Magazine)

Some of Lee Todd Lacks’ books:


Getting personal with James Watts

James Watts was born in Birmingham, Alabama in March of 1976. Growing up in the small town of West Jefferson, Alabama, Watts spent his days lost in his vivid imagination.

At age 10, he discovered the Hardy Boys mystery series and fell in love with reading. By Age 12 the discovery of Stephen King’s The Stand gave life to his need to write, to tell stories that he hoped the world would love.


Please welcome James Watts to Roadie Notes…….

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I would say around eleven or twelve. It was shortly after I finished reading Stephen King’s The Stand. I remember finishing that novel and thinking how cool it would be to write my own stories. Halloween was near and my teacher assigned us the task of writing a scary story. I did, seeing that this was the opportunity I needed to start writing, and it was horrible. Fortunately, my teacher saw something good about it and encouraged me to keep writing.

2. How many books have you written?

Three. Two were for a POD publisher that I will not name, and my newest work THEM, to be released soon from Hellbound Books.

3. Anything you won’t write about.

I will not write anything that glorifies or depicts in a positive way, child abuse, animal cruelty, and assaulting women, showing disrespect for our country, racism or any other prejudice, and murder. True the above may be part of a story or novel, since I write horror, but to make any these things sound wonderful is, in my opinion, is a sign of a truly depraved mind.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I am 41, 42 in March. St. Patrick’s day. I was married twice, divorced twice. My first wife passed a few years back. I have a son, Bailey, by my first wife. He actually turns twenty in a few days. I feel so old. I currently work for a grocery store as a stocker.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

I would like to say THEM, as I am fond of the story. However, I am working on a new novel that is shaping up to be pretty high up on my list, the short list that it is.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I started reading for enjoyment around nine-years-old. Started out with the Hardy Boys mystery series. And then at eleven, maybe twelve, I picked up Stephen King’s The Stand. After reading The Stand, followed by The Shining, I was motivated to tell my own stories.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Living in the country, I like going fishing, camping, and on the rare occasion target shooting. I enjoy woodworking, watching movies, reading, video games, and hanging out with friends and family. I love bowling and shooting pool, although I am not very good at either. I also enjoy visiting anywhere that is supposedly haunted.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Until I recently quit smoking, I would smoke a cigarette and enjoy a beer. I do not drink often and I only drink the one, but it is my little reward to myself.​​

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

Generally, I write in my small office. If it is a nice day I will break out my laptop and sit on the porch and write or maybe head over to the park. I prefer to write with some sort of background noise. Music is my go-to. If it is too quiet I actually find it harder to work.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I hope to develop my craft so that I can improve my writing.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream is to write full-time. Being a famous writer would be amazing. However, if I could just be popular enough so that I sold a decent amount of books, enough books to ensure that my 9 to 5 was writing, I would be happy. And I would hope that those buying my books would be happy with what I was writing.

12. Where do you live?

Dora, Alabama. Roughly a thirty minute drive to Birmingham.

13. Pets? 

I currently have two cats, one adult, and one kitten. I am hoping to have some more reptile pets soon. I love lizards.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating the characters and the worlds that they live in. One of the reasons I use actual locations is because I love the process of creating my own.

15. What is coming next for you?

I am cooking up a few novels. Hoping to have them finished soon.

16. Where do you get your ideas?

It is generally random. Sometimes I may hear, read or see something that sparks a story idea. And a few times the idea grew from a story I was dabbling with.

You can connect with James Watts here: 

My author site

My Facebook book promo site

And a social site that I created for creativemminds


James Watts book with HellBound:


Getting personal with Sadie Whitecoat

Piper Joelle Albus, writing as Sadie Whitecoat, was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. In the early years others observed her eccentric style and shy personality. In high school she excelled in art and was chosen to be enrolled for International Bachelorette program, something she found to be enjoyable until she discontinued school to focus on herself after some unfortunate events took place and very well changed her whole life.

Known as ‘Pipez’ by friends and acquaintances, Pipez has renamed herself many times and developed each of her sides just like characters- Each one of them totally obsessed with writing dark poetry.

Known in her published work as Ms. ‘Sadie Whitecoat’, her first born alias, that the Manson family inspired her to choose, since a young age she deemed herself a ‘Manson Girl’ and dreamt of their old way of life. So she became Sadie, and it brought some peace inside.


Please welcome Sadie Whitecoat to Roadie Notes…….

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first poem?

I was 16 years old when I wrote my first poem, it was shortly after I had dropped out of high school. That poem is the very first one in my first book- Insights to Evil Insides.

2. How many books have you written?

I have written two full poetry collections along with one short story.
‘Insights to Evil Insides’ is the first to gain publication with Hellbound Books. The second Is titled ‘Blood on The Brain’- I am still looking into publication for that one as I have recently finished it. My short story is a dark, emo sci-fi fiction titled- The Blue Colony.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

No. I think that it is very clear to those who read my writing- nothing is off-limits. I aim to disturb, even just a little.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I’m 20 years old and I’m living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I’m not married, and I have no children. I have a job as a
security guard, but don’t work often due to disability. My disability being mental ailments such as anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of Borderline Personality disorder.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

Honestly, ‘Blood On The Brain’. I have grown so much as a writer since ‘Insights to Evil Insides’. I love them both but I really am very excited about the second one, as I have just completed it and am waiting to see if it is wanted. The waiting game is always the hardest part- I know it is worth signing but others have to read and decide for themselves.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Pain and experiences that made me who I am today. I started writing after I dropped out of high school and it became my main focus apart from bad habits. The people who inspired me are- Cranford Nix, Lydia Lunch, and Charles Manson. Cranford Nix was a musician that I relate a lot to, who died very early. Lydia Lunch is probably my idol and she is a reporter, musician, artist, and total bad-ass. I hope to one day be something just like her. Charles Manson inspired me in high school and I dream of the way of life that would have existed within the Manson family. I do not agree with murder, and that is not the part of the family I feel part of.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Like most writers- I like to drink and smoke. I like to be outside when I can, and I make dark art as well. I am pretty well a loner in most of my time, because it is easier on me, mentally. I also write poetry for fun, and play guitar and ukulele. I also practice as a witch and enjoy Satanism.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Not yet, but maybe I will start a tradition when I finish my next.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write usually in my basement room and it has to be silent. I can’t listen to music that contains words while I am writing, because it all gets mixed up with what is in my head.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

No. I pride myself in writing the things others would not dare to admit or acknowledge. I voice the unclaimed frustrations of the world.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Yes. I plan to be very famous.

12. Where do you live?

I currently live in my parent’s basement in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

13. Pets?
I have a dog named DJ Jinja $nap, a cat named Cid, and another cat named Jack.

14. What’s your favourite thing about writing?

I can say whatever I want and nobody can make me answer for it, or explain.

15. What is coming next for you?

After I release ‘Insights to Evil Insides on the world, hopefully- I will receive another contract and ‘Blood On The Brain’ will gain publication, too.

16. Where do you get your ideas?

From experiences and emotions within myself. I’m not going to comment on how much is fact vs. how much of it is fiction. It’s art and that’s the only explanation I will offer.

17. What do you hope your first book will bring?

Peace and validation. I also hope that people who can relate to my poems, will read it and feel less alone.

18. Who should read your book?

I think everybody should read it but it will be hard to discuss with people who have known me in real life or are related to me, as it is very dark and heavy content.


You can connect with Sadie Whitecoat here:




Getting personal with J.P. Willie

J.P. Willie was born in Covington, Louisiana to parents Gayla and Joseph Willie on October 30th, 1981. He graduated from Tara High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and joined the United States Army on October 20, 2000.

While serving in the Army, he was stationed at: Fort Bragg (North Carolina), Caserma Ederle (Italy), Mannheim (Germany), Fort Benning (Georgia), Schofield Barracks (Hawaii) and Fort Polk (Louisiana). He served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He will retire from the Military in October of 2020.

His first novel, Blood In The Woods, was published by Fear Front Publishing on December 26, 2016. The story is inspired by true events from his childhood and is terrifying readers across the globe. He decided to leave Fear Front Publishing on March 1, 2017 for personal reasons and quickly self-published the novel on April 5, 2017 due to high demand. His first short story, Welcome Home, Rougarou reached #5 for short reads on

J.P. enjoys writing Horror, Psychological Thrillers, Supernatural Fiction and Dark Fiction.


Please welcome J.P. Willie to Roadie Notes……….


1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I started writing when I was 26 and finished my first manuscript, Blood in the Woods, when I was 28. Balancing work and my family life was difficult during those years writing, and still is to this day being an active duty Soldier and father of five.

2. How many books have you written?
The one, the only, Blood in the Woods.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
I will never write about Sci-Fi, and not because I detest the genre, it’s because my brain can’t write that smart and I personally don’t find it scary. I’m creative, but not creative enough to build The Matrix, or a world as such for readers. I’ve never been a huge fan of Sci-Fi novels, though I have tried to get into several, but I do love Sci-Fi films. Predator is my favorite action-sci-fi- horror film of all time.

Now I’m confused.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I joined the Army when I was 19 years old and I’m still currently serving with less than three years until retirement. I have a wife, Corrie, and five beautiful children. Fun Fact: All my children are named after video game characters. True story. Be jealous.

5. Who or what inspired you to write?
My best friend Jack’s sister, Jamie, who passed away, was the driving force that made me start putting pen to paper. The small success I’ve had with the novel, I owe it all to her. She was a wonderful woman and we all miss her very much. I can’t lie and not say that Stephen King’s “On Writing” didn’t give me the confidence I needed to begin my journey into the literary world. Thanks, Mr. King.

6. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to write, spend time with family, play in bands (metal or punk), make films, shoot 13-year-old kids in the face on Call of Duty, murder Stormtroopers on Battlefront 2 and drink Coors Light. I’m pretty much the coolest dude on the planet.

7. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?​
When I finished writing Blood in the Woods, I was on a beach in Italy, and when I typed the words “THE END”, I went and got drunk. Really drunk. And I’m pretty sure I got thrown out of a church that evening for refusing to pay for the guided tour. I asked the lady giving us the tour, “If Jesus was here, do you think he’d charge 10 euro to look at paintings in his church?” I was kicked out after that statement. True story. I’ll probably keep that tradition once I finish my first novella, Hot Summer Savior, but minus the public intoxication. ​

8. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
It depends. Most times I write on my laptop or IMAC, but I do a lot of plot lining on my phone, using either Final Draft or note taking apps because my job in the Army requires me to be very mobile while out in the field grading war games. But when I’m home, I jump back and forth between playing music and total silence. And if I’m writing a certain scene that takes place during a certain time period, I listen to the music that was popular during that time. Helps the creative juices flow.

9. Anything you would change about your writing?
Nope. I only wish I had time to write more.

10. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream is to become the next new literary name in Horror and Dark Fiction, as well as a respected and honorable screenwriter, actor, producer and director. As a writer and storyteller, my biggest influences are Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Clive Barker, Chuck Palahniuk and Rob Zombie.

11. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
It gives me a chance to escape the hectic world we all currently live in. I love creating worlds and characters for fearless readers to explore and get to know, all the while stepping foot into the dark, twisted and vivacious stories within my mind.

12. What is coming next for you?
My first short film, Welcome Home Rougarou, will be hitting independent film festivals across America soon and I can’t wait to get it before horror fans. My second film begins shooting in Louisiana in June, but I can’t share any specifics about it right now. You’ll have to stay tuned for those announcements. My novella, Hot Summer Savior, should be searching for a literary home later this year.

13. Where do you get your ideas?
My twisted, dark humored brain and close friend, ADHD.



You can connect with J.P. Willie here: 


Twitter: @JPWillie81




Some of J.P. Willie’s books: 


We are thrilled to announce….

Hi y’all,

just a quick note to let everyone know that we are officially part of HellBound Books Publishing. I couldn’t be more proud of this fact. We strive for quality as does HellBound.

So you will be seeing all of HellBound’s authors and some new characters. We will offer the authors a guest spot on the blog so stay tuned for lots of new and exciting things coming soon!


Much love,

Becky Narron


What Lies Within by: Jason Parent

Wow!! This is absolutely amazing! There is no doubt that Jason Parent can tell a story but this had me creeped out totally! I couldn’t stop reading it and there was no putting it down. This one will suck you in, chew you up and spit you out begging for more.

Now all that said…..

There are several different story lines all going on at the same time.

The opener of the book is two kids playing hide and seek in the woods. A younger brother and his sister. They have played this game many times before. The sister is looking for her brother. When she finds him he is just standing there with his back to her. She calls to him but he doesn’t answer. Why? What has he found?

The next part starts off with a data entry clerk named Clive. He is just the average guy in a dead-end job but seems pretty content. He is out kayaking with his long time friend Morgan who is sometimes his friend with benefits. They are out on a lake and go to the far end. Clive shows her where the lake ends under an old rickety bridge. He decides to go under it but it is covered with thick spider webs. Being a show off he takes his oar and knocks them down. In the process his kayak overturns and he is dumped in the cold nasty water. When he comes back up his ear is clogged with water. He can’t seem to get it out. They figure that it will leak out overnight. Will it go away? Is it water?

He has a very odd roommate that doesn’t really speak much and always has his door locked. Clive’s brother and niece come over to watch the football game and his niece, Victoria, finds a big spider in his bathroom. She is very smart for her age and knows what kind of spider it is but it kinda freaks out her uncle and dad. She takes the spider outside and lets it go.

The next day Clive starts hearing things. First it is just noise. It drives him crazy and he goes to see a doctor. Do they fix it? What is it?

Now another story line is there is a bomber running loose in the city. The police are hot on his tail. The head detective is a beautiful lady who has an ice-cold heart and is no-nonsense. Does she find the bomber?

How these stories all merge together perfectly. Seamless reading and perfect imagery. Jason Parent really has a creative mind. I also hoping that he writes a sequel. I would love to see where he takes us next. I highly recommend reading this book. You will want to tell your friends, family and scream it from the roof tops. Don’t miss the chance to read this amazing story.

You can pick up the book here:


Getting personal with Isobel Blackthorn

Isobel Blackthorn is the author of the novels, The Cabin Sessions, Asylum, A Perfect Square and The Drago Tree, and the short story collection, All Because of You. She holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands. She has worked as a high school teacher, market trader and PA to a literary agent. Her writing has appeared in Backhand Stories, Fictive Dream, The Mused Literary Review, On Line Opinion and Paranoia Magazine. Her comedy horror novel The Legacy of Old Gran Parks will be released in April 2018, along with La Mareta, the sequel to The Drago Tree, a mystery/crime novel.


Please help me welcome Isobel Blackthorn to Roadie Notes……..

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I was eleven years old and in the last year of primary school. I was living in a small country town south of Adelaide in South Australia. The year was 1973. The town, Coonalpyn, was on the highway and had three roadhouses. My folks owned the downbeat roadhouse at the end. We had a juke box, a pin ball machine and a pool table and we had the keys to all three. I had a ball! I used to walk across the railway tracks to school, which was tiny. One day, the teacher set the class a homework task. We had to write a story in the form of a booklet. I never forget writing that story although I have no idea what it was about. The teacher said it had to be illustrated. I slaved away for days and days. I was so proud. But when the teacher handed back the homework, I only got a B. The girl who got an A wrote a twee story about her horse and her booklet had loads of brightly coloured drawings and the neatest handwriting you’ve ever seen. I was gutted. I knew I could never produce what she had made. Mine was scruffy by comparison. My writing spidery. It occurred to me even then though, that the marks shouldn’t have been based on presentation. It was the story itself that mattered, and I thought mine was original.

2. How many books have you written?

So far, I have written six novels. Four are published, with another two coming out this year. My Australian publisher, Odyssey Books, released the first three, then HellBound Books picked up The Cabin Sessions, which came out last October. It’s a dark psychological thriller, and the menace leaps at you from the first page. I poured my all into that book. I was up at four in the morning writing parts of it. For me, the story was challenging to write because I put twelve characters in one room and whatever was happening, I had to think about how all of those twelve would be reacting. To make it easier, I made them all very different from each other. They are all fairly grotesque too, which helps.

I am realizing I have a real passion for writing dark fiction. I’d say I am more on the gothic side of the horror spectrum, but that said, I do like to experiment.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

In terms of genres, I can’t see myself in science fiction, fantasy, romance or westerns. In terms of topics, I will tackle the tough stuff. I am not interested in writing about family custody battles because I have lived through one and I would never want to re-live that part of my life. That is definitely an area I steer clear of. I don’t want to scare myself stupid so I can’t see myself writing creature horror, and I know nothing about the military so I doubt I’ll be going down that path. Writing for me is all about what I’m drawn to. What fascinates me enough to sustain my interest for a book length work.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I am fifty-six years old, married twice and divorced twice. I have twin girls and they are twenty-six. I Skype tutor English and study skills to earn a crust. I move house a fair bit too as I enjoy renovating and home makeovers. I am happy living alone. Nothing to interrupt me. I am well suited to the solitary life of the writer. I could disappear altogether from the world very easily. I try to locate myself close to the action, for I fear I’ll grow too weird otherwise. I like to have shops and facilities close, but I don’t leave the house much. Writing novels is a serious enterprise for me. I have waited my whole life for this moment and I am so driven!

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

I love all my book babies, and I am having to tell them to cover their ears just now, but I will confess my next release with HellBound Books, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks, is my current favourite. That’s because the story makes me laugh and laugh. It is comedy horror, at least, that’s the way I see it, and I have been very playful with the characters. Once I had created them, they took over and the book wrote itself. The story flowed and flowed. How can I not love a book that was so easy to birth!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

My inspiration comes from deep within. It is a compulsion, an obsession, a vocation. I started taking my writer self seriously in 2007, when I got a job as personal assistant to a high-profile literary agent. She took interest in my ideas and encouraged me to write. Every week she inquired after my progress. Then I was lucky to gain the mentorship of an award-winning author. He taught me how to write creatively. After that, I gleaned what I could online and set to. I had a lot of support from family and friends. My girls were 18 by then and had both left home, so writing filled a pretty big hole in my live too.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I like to chat with friends over coffee or lunch, walk to the beach, read, and write book reviews, dream about faraway places and plot my trips overseas. I watch British crime dramas on telly and cuddle my cat.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Start on the next one. Always. Once, early on in my writing journey, I finished working on a manuscript and I had nothing lined up. I fell into a horrible depression. It was indescribably bad. I vowed never to let that happen again. So, I line the next one up in advance.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I always write in silence and I always write with pen and paper. I sit in the same seat on my couch and I cannot compose anywhere else.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I am changing my writing all the time. I like to experiment. Sometimes I think I would like to go back and re-write bits in one of my earlier books. Only because times have changed and I would like to do an update. All I can do is aim to be the best writer I capable of being and hope that what I write readers enjoy.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream is all about progress. I don’t want to think I am standing still. I’m not sure about fame, as that can come with a lot of pressure, but I would love my books to reach more readers and I welcome any recognition that might come my way. My dream is a humble one. I would like to earn a living off what I do, a modest living, but one that would mean I could let go of earning an income in other ways. Living in Australia, that is not so much a dream as a fantasy, as very few authors make much from their writing here. We are a small market, miniscule, and there are a lot of very talented writers here.

12. Where do you live?

I live on the southern coast of Australia, about three-hundred miles west of Melbourne. The town is called Warrnambool and it is famous for Southern Right whale watching, and ship wrecks. The ocean around these parts is treacherous. I live here for the cool climate and the fresh ocean air.

13. Pets?

I have one cat. She is little, white and very timid and I call her Miss Psyche. She is my best friend. When I lie on the couch watching telly, she spoons.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I enjoy every stage of writing a novel. I find incubating the story thrilling. The first draft is an edgy experience and I always have a sense of needing to race to the finish. Once I have a basic draft I relax. I adore editing. I love giving my work shape and improving as I go along.

15. What is coming next for you?

I am at work on an erotic romance-horror-thriller novel and a gothic thriller of the haunted house variety. The first I am busy editing and fleshing out, the second I have researched and so far, I have written about two pages. I am very excited about both stories.

16. Where do you get your ideas?

My ideas arrive in my mind like pings. My imagination is a riot. I see potential everywhere. In everyone I meet. In every new situation. My problem is containing it all and figuring out which of my book ideas I should focus on next. That part of my writing process is hard to control. It is unpredictable. I have managed to pin down 2018 as regards my projects but that’s about it. I have another six novels in the pipeline at various stages of development. I feel like a factory.

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