Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
For me, it would be having enough income from my writing to live a comfortable life in Europe. Because of my background in film and television from a young age, I’ve also always envisioned my book as a film so it’s a huge dream of mine to see a book of mine adapted for the big screen.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
I love questions like this… I would love to meet the real Cleopatra. So many stories are told about this woman who is depicted as one of the first strong independent women that it would be interesting to sort the fact from fiction. For his extensive experience turning is books into films, Stephen King would be a fascinating person to talk to, and while there are many more, I’ll round it out at 3 with Henry Cavill. Yes, he’s a gorgeous man and yes he has an extremely sexy accent but there is something in his eyes that intrigues me. A depth that hints at there being more to him than we see on the surface and something inside me just loves a good mystery!
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
For me, relaxing is often spending time on my own as by stepping away from the rest of my world, it allows me the time to clear my head and allow my instincts to guide me if I’m facing any challenges. It’s also generally when I have my best ideas. This can be as simple as taking myself out to brunch on a Saturday morning with a good book, seeing a movie or taking a day trip to the spa for a facial or massage. If I’m looking to have a good time, I’ll often head out with friends to an out of the way bar to check out a band or organise a dinner party or wine and cheese night at my place.
What’s your favorite meal?
As a food lover, this is tough. I love a good steak at The Keg, a chain of restaurants in Canada with the most mouth-watering, cooked to perfection piece of beef you will ever taste. But the best meal I have ever had was pistachio duck at this gorgeous little restaurant right next door to Shakespeare and Co bookstore in Paris. It’s to die for.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
Hmm, if it wasn’t so hard to get into, I’d be a film maker/ actor. I love the idea of being able to step into the shoes of someone else for a while. Taking the time to really understand and become that character. And then there is the storytelling aspect of it all which of course I love! ☺
What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up?
Narrow minded people drive me nuts. It’s why I love travel so much because it opens your eyes to how the rest of the world lives, how they view things, their beliefs and culture and it helps you to be naturally more accepting of those who are different to you. Everyone has the right to be happy and fulfilled, and it is not up to us to judge what that looks like for anyone other than ourselves.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
I love cities that don’t feel like cities with lots of green space and areas of calm. But I also love the country to relax. There is nothing better than getting away from all the technology, the schedules, the stress and just focusing yourself for a little while. It’s the best way to clear your mind and refocus.
When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about?
Travel. I have an odd hobby of planning out imaginary trips when I get bored. I’ll pick where I want to go, cost out my accommodation and flights, any sightseeing I want to do, even look at local public transport costs… then I’ll close it down and start a new one. It makes me a bit of a whiz at online vacation booking but allows me to travel to those places even if it’s just in mind over my lunch break.
Do you find the time to read?
I used to read a lot. But after spending a week pumping out the last 10,000 words of my novel, reading and re-reading it to ensure it made sense, I needed a bit of a break from reading. But I can feel the urge starting to softly pull at me again already.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.” - James Dean. So he isn’t the best example of following this advice but it’s a premise I live be each day. To be open to and ready to take advantage of opportunities that come your way. Be positive that no matter how bad things get, they can always be worse, and will work out in the long run. And take the time to enjoy life’s small moments. It’s the small joys that will make you smile on even the worst days.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
I’m still seeing the world! But at the moment, top of the list is the Chateau de Versaille just outside Paris. I can see why the Kings and Queens of the past spent so much time there. It’s so peaceful and calming, and even today on a clear summer weekend you will find local families enjoying picnics in the grassy fields and riding bikes around a picturesque lake filled with couples in tiny rowboats. It’s a place that truly inspires.
What do Jesus Christ, a Greek Goddess, and a thousand-year-old Vampyre have in common? This intriguing and thought provoking story will make you question everything you think you know about myth and religion. Chhaya, a vampire born over a millennium ago, discovers she is the descendant of an ancient bloodline-the blood of Christ. As the power in her awakens, Chhaya must use her new gifts as the Daughter of the Moon to fight against the corrupt coven leader Khai in order to protect the doors to heaven and hell and prevent the end of days on earth. Whether a fan of fantasy, religious theories, or mythology, you'll be inspired to ask what is good and what is evil.
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Genre - Fiction Fantasy
Rating – PG
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