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Image: Helen McLean Photography

Image: Helen McLean Photography

When did you start writing?
I was given a diary as a gift at age 10. That was the beginning of my writing journey.  Recording my experiences on the page became such an important part of my day. 26 years later, I am still a serial diarist and journal writer.  I think this kind of writing lends itself to other types of writing.  One’s writing starts to bleed into other areas.  That’s how it happened for me anyway.

How did you find the process of getting published?
Well I have now experienced traditional publishing and self publishing.  I am grateful that my first book was traditionally published, a nice smooth introduction to the publishing world.  I loved the process of working with an editor, to the point where all parties were happy.  I hadn’t realised that the process takes so long.  It was definitely a new experience.  Self publishing is another ballgame – one doesn’t realise how lucky they are to be traditionally published – by that I mean, when you self-publish, all the responsibilities are yours.  The formatting, the cover design, the editing, the pricing, the promoting, the costs – it never ends.  But it’s rewarding.  I’m glad self-publishing is flourishing.  It gives authors back creative control, which isn’t a bad thing.

Tell us about ‘Powers at Play.’
After writing my erotic memoir Tantric Afternoons, I began devouring erotic literature – memoirs, essays, erotica and erotic-romance.  I’m not really a romantic type of girl but I enjoyed reading a few erotic romances (which I would have never have thought) and for the experience, I thought – I am going to try and write in a different genre.  And that’s how Powers At Play (an erotic romance) was born.  I am very proud, that I got it written.  It was a great piece to learn on and if it succeeds – that’s a double bonus. Many people say that they would like to write a book but the doing requires discipline.  It’s hard to write large word counts and I’m still adjusting, requires a certain mental fitness.  I’ll get better though as I keep writing.

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m very much into downloading short erotic ebooks on my smartphone.  My most recent read was a short story called Connections by Selena Kitt.  Such a quirky, well written book.  I think it was runner up for the Rauxa prize.

Tell us about ‘Tough Choice.’
Tough Choice is a self-published title that does not sell well, perhaps because it’s an ebook about abortion. When my mother passed away in 2005, in the weeks after her death, I found myself grieving not only the loss of her but past losses too (which was a strange experience.)  One of those losses was an abortion that I had had at 16 to my first love.  I’d had an ankle tattoo done at 21, so I’d never forget the experience (a memoriam of sorts) but it still weighed heavily on me.  Around that time Australian politicians (who I won’t name) kept talking about the ‘rising’ terminations of pregnancies in Australia.  They made out that having an abortion was becoming like having a facial for a lot of women (which with my whole heart, I don’t believe to be true.)  I had interviewed friends, family, strangers – with the intention of writing something on the subject one day.  Then in 2005, it all came together.  It sat on my computer for 7 years and at the end of 2013, I decided to edit and self publish it.  I don’t care if it makes money but if one woman buys it and my writing touches her in some way, then Tough Choice has done its job.

What are you up to next?
I have two film jobs coming up in the next few months.  I have a role in an independent feature film titled Sizzler ’77 directed by Australia’s John Waters – Tim Spanos and I also have a part in a short film titled Flood of Life directed by my website designer and talented friend Konrad McCarthy.  Exciting!

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