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Your questions answered! (Finally!)

So I asked a while ago for questions on Twitter for a little bit of a "get to know me" blog...and I've finally got round to answering them!

1. What was your best childhood vacation?

Childhood holidays for us were always finding somewhere we’d not been to yet in the UK. There was always some form of “educational” visit, like to a museum or a historical place, but it was never boring. There was one trip to a historical working village I remember when my parents got us all to dress up in period costumes and have an old sepia photograph mu probably has it hidden somewhere to bring out at the most embarrassing moment! I'm sure I looked cute in a bonnet though!

It’s the simple things kids remember, and I guess that's what I now pass on to my kids when I take them away on holiday. These days we love nothing more than camping, then exploring the woods or coastlines around where we are staying.

2. What keeps you up at night?

My children! Haha!

3. What’s one thing you do that others perceive as weird?

Probably plenty! But in my wife’s family, I’m the only one who likes hot custard on my pudding. Like, who wants cold custard?! But no, I’m the weird one for insisting mine is hot!

4. Do you typically start with characters or plot?

Characters. Or more specifically, interactions or conversations between characters. Then I try to work a plot around those.

5. Do you write beginning to end, or just random bits as they come to you?

I’m a total pantser! Usually I will have an idea for a particular scene or scenario, and then build up the next few chapters around it. Then I go back and read it and mark out where I need transitions or more background and plan those. Rough drafts will have lots of notes which just say “FINISH WRITING THIS BIT!”

6. Do you like chocolate?

Yes! And I’m immediately distrustful of people who don’t! Although if I have to have anything, my one weakness is Haribo Tangfastics.

7. What’s a boring fact about yourself?

Holy crap! I’m very boring…take your pick!

8. What are your tattoos/how many do you have?

  1. A celtic pattern on my left shoulder (it was my first, I was 21, and it now looks pretty crappy. But I can’t see it so I’m not that bothered!)

  2. An all seeing eye style triangle with a bird flying out of it on my right shoulder

  3. A illusion piece on my top right arm; it can either look like two astronauts in front of the Earth, or a skull, depending on your view

  4. A sleeve depicting the Abduction of Persephone on my right lower arm (it’s not because I like the abduction part, but the story relating to Demeter creating the seasons to match her mood when Persephone is in the underworld)

  5. A mother elephant overlooking two infant elephants on my inner left arm (this one is for my kids. Elephants are some of the most maternal animals known)

  6. A floral piece containing chrysanthemums, fuchsias, alstroemeria, and irises, each flower for a different grandparent.

9. When do you find time to write?

This one is usually asked by family members when you consider I have a 6yo and a 3yo and a partner who works shifts! The answer is whenever I can find the time; lunch breaks, when the kids are busy watching TV or playing nicely (that ones a rarity) but mostly in the evenings when the kids are in bed. A good chunk of my second book was written during night feeds with my youngest

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