Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type of music?
I either write in total silence or I play classical music. My Dad died last year and he was a great lover of classical music. I find it soothing to write to this type of music as I feel closer to him. I especially love writing to piano pieces. Bach is my current favourite.
When editing or writing other stuff, I listen to other genres. I’m very eclectic and listen to a wide range of indie, eighties and sixties music.
Are there any people that influenced your writing style and/or started your desire to write?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I can’t remember not wanting to be one. My early influences were Enid Blyton, Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl. I then moved onto early Jaqueline Wilson novels, Judy Blume and Christopher Pike. As a teen these authors helped grow my desire and I longed to be able to write like them.
Jacqueline Wilson still remains my absolute hero.
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know… 😉
Thai Green Curry or poached eggs on toast!
Followed by a salted cameral cheesecake or Apple crumble with custard!
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book
Masie Williams is an amazing young British actress – I’d love her to play either Jess or Kez please.
What was the inspiration for your book?
I was working in a school, supporting students with emotional problems. As part of the role I worked closely with victims of bullying but also talking to the bullies too. The story kind of wrote itself very quickly, but it also drew on emotions and experiences that I had from being bullied myself.
I realised it was a book that was always inside me, waiting to be written!
Your books all appear to deal with very serious and sensitive topics. Is that your intention from the start, or do the themes just develop while writing?
My themes do seem to develop that way. I think my employment background means that I have lots of experience of serious issues that affect young people, so I tend to write about these things quite naturally.
Also, I like reading about gritty subjects so it must be an intrinsic part of me. I love exploring the dark side of life, the emotions and the dramas that occur in real life.
What is your favorite part of the publishing/writing process?
It probably sounds a bit lame, but I love the feeling of typing ‘the end’, the satisfaction that comes from completing a novel that is usually quite a struggle to write. It feels like I’ve just climbed a huge mountain – and for a brief time, I can just pause and enjoy the view (before the next stage starts!)
I also love have the final copy of the book in my hands.
Do you have any tips for budding writers?
1) Read, read, read
2) Join an online writing community
3) Never give up
4) If your struggling, have a break – go for a walk or read some more
5) If all fails – eat cake
Eve is also hosting a giveaway for 1 signed book by her!