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How did you get started as an author?

I entered Nanowrimo in 2017 and connected with many amazing indie authors who encouraged me to bite the bullet and enter the world of self-publishing. I have always been an avid reader and even as a child and teenager I wrote poetry and short stories. 

What was your first book?

Infinity Book 1 in the Infinite Series 

How has your writing style changed?

I initially started writing contemporary romance but soon moved into the romantic suspense and psychological thriller genres. My writing has grown and evolved substantially since my debut. I have learned to be more honest with my words, to follow my characters voices and to follow my heart. I used to wonder what the world would think about my words but I realised I cannot please everyone, but those who love my work, love my honesty. I cannot and will not fit into a mould. Creativity is about boldly expressing yourself.

What are you writing about in the anthology?

I am writing about adult ADHD, OCD and depression.

Why are you taking part in this anthology?

I chose to write about adult OCD, Anxiety, Depression and ADHD, because it matters. My husband and I are survivors of one or more of these conditions and it's not easy.  There's such a taboo around any form of mental illness, to the point where some people believe it's 'all in the head' demanding that family and friends 'get over it'. People suffering from mental heath issues deserve support and love, they should not be shunned, ridiculed or belittled because it's debilitating, it's real, it's chemical. There's no on and off switch for it. My message is that there's no shame in the struggle, that often, it is what we see as our great flaws, which make us perfect.

Why do you think it's important to spread the message of this anthology?

Besides the fact that this anthology is a charity in support of Movember, a worthy cause. It is also a celebration of real men with real challenges who are still amazing. But despite that, they are loved and love. It is a celebration of the heroes of society, the fighters and the lovers. It is a celebration of real love stories which are often messy and complicated. 

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What is your favorite line from your manuscript?

"People have wanted to fix Kace Briggs for as long as I can remember. None of them have ever succeeded, because I’m irreparable." - Kace

Did you research your story?

I did research it partially but with first hand experience I just dug really deep.

Is there any one thing you have to have when writing?

My family. I write best when they are around the house, doing their own thing... and wine of course.

What influences your work?

There are so many influences, books, stories, people, surroundings, my inner thoughts and emotions, but mostly my characters are pretty vocal and scream to be heard. 

Who is your favourite author?

I honestly have too many and it would be absolutely unfair to pick one.

Any book that holds a special place in your heart.

I guess that changes all the time but one that still sticks with me is the Gravity of Us by Brittany Cherry. There is just something brutally honest and devastating about that story.