Tell us something about yourself.
I am from Yorkshire England and have live in New Zealand 16 years. I have been a writer for many years journals and such with the desire to publish a book buried away in the back of my mind. I finally came up with this idea about 18 months ago. I am a primary school teacher and a volunteer ambulance officer working from the local station.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have always been an out there kind of girl busy being adventurous or just plain outragous. i have been told I am brave and daring, I think I am simply living life to the full because you never know what will stop you from living life or when. i have friends who live vicariously through my adventures and it occurred to me not everyone does for what ever reason so I thought about it and wrote the book.
How did you choose the title?
Oh that was simple. As I reached forty myself I was getting asked what are you going to do for the big 4 0? i had no idea at the time but started to cheekily reply “Not sure but you can be sure I am going to be forty and fabulously naughty” and the more I said it the more I realised there was the title for the book.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I sent off my applications and I forgot about it then it was accepted about 6 months later. The obstacles have more been working ym way through the publishing process and now the marketing process.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I have always wanted to write a book but never really known what to write about. I have often thought after a situation had occurred “Man you could write a book about that” but always known that people would have gotten very upset if I had. This one is all about getting out there and getting the best for yourself by yourself so no one can get upset about it. This one all started with the cheeky title to be honest and then waking up with the content buzzing around in my head.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Well I tend to play a record over and over on repeat to get that out my system them I sit and write to get the words out my head as they are like a swarm of bees buzzing around and around trying to get out. I am obsessive and exclude food and toilet stops til it is out my system. I do have to have no interruptions though.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Oh I have learnt so much from writing this book. Firstly it is not easy to get a book out there and that it is a complicated and exhausting process.You have to keep on top of the process and not let things slide and then it is over quicker. But so much fun. I am enjoying the process and have other book ideas swirling around now in my brain.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
Oh I read horror James Herbert, Stephen King and many other horror writers. All sorts of stuff actually love the adventure books of people who have done amazing things such as the New Zealand couple who went around New Zealand on horses, there is Twisting Throttle who has ridden his motorbike all over not to mention Ewan and Charlie’s adventures on motorbikes. I read romance to and epic sagas. i have a library at my house of books of many genre. I simply read.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I have several books in the thought processes. “For the love of Storm” I have begun to put down. Storm is my horse I have had him since conception well before then actually. I have raised him and trained him and it is about our life together and how I have gone against the grain and done things for Storm’s best interests not mine. Having done all his training we have a close bond, I wanted to be there every step of the way for him and with him. It is not like my other book at all. But on saying that I have several books in the thought processes that are going to be on similar lines to Be Forty and Fabulously Naughty.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Think carefully about the content and then go for it. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Well funnily enough it was aimed at women coming up to their forties however a variety of people have read it and been inspired. Both male and female aged 30 up.