FAQs

1. How many books will be in THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS?
2. When is the next book coming out? And, can it come out sooner?
3. Will the books be published internationally?
4. Are your characters based on people you know?
5. Can I read an extract from you books?
6. I am an aspiring writer. Can I send you some of my work to read?
7. Can you help me get published and introduce me to your publisher?
8. Can you do an interview for my school project?
9. Where do you write?
10. Pen or computer?
11. What’s the best part about writing a book?
12. What is the worst part about writing a book?
13. Do you follow any writing rules?
14. Are you religious?
15. What are some of the biggest distractions for you when you are writing?
16. What do you do when you are not writing?


1. How many books will be in THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS?
At this stage I don’t have a definite answer for that question. The current story line that is running through the book will involve 4 books. But after that, there is definitely the potential to go further to a 5th and 6th. I would really like to see how Violet and some of the other characters develop and I think they still have a lot to tell, but we’ll see!

2. When is the next book coming out? And, can it come out sooner?
The third book in The Violet Eden Chapters is EMBLAZE. It will be released on 11th October, 2011 in Australia and New Zealand. The fourth book in the series (title to be confirmed shortly) will be released in 2012. Unfortunately there is no way to speed these release dates up. Even if I could manage to write a book every month, there is no way to get them out there. Publishers have a big job to arrange the release of books into the marketplace and we are already running on a very close schedule.

3. Will the books be published internationally?
Yes. EMBRACE has already been released in Germany, by Random House.
In October, 2011, EMBRACE will be released in the United Kingdom, by Orchard Books (a Hachette imprint).
In February, 2012, ENTICED will be released in both Germany and the UK.
In March 2012, EMBRACE will be released in the United States, by Sourcebooks.
Additionally, the books will be available shortly in Turkey and Brazil.

As soon as I have firm release dates for further markets, I will post the details.

4. Are your characters based on people you know?
Yes and no. Every single one of my characters is fictional. That said, there are elements of people I know in each of the characters I write and often a mix of many people in one character. Their physical descriptions are also always fictional.

5. Can I read an extract from you books?
Yes! Chapters 1 & 2 from EMBRACE have been posted in THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS section of this website.

An extract from ENTICED will be posted shortly.

6. I am an aspiring writer. Can I send you some of my work to read?
This is a tricky one, because I was an aspiring writer once too. I really do understand how hard it can be to get a foot in the door and just have someone to ask questions, but, and I’m sorry to say there is a ‘but’ – there are a few reasons why I have to say no to this. First, I am on a very busy schedule and can’t really commit myself to anything additional. Second, it is a bit of a no, no for writers to do this unless it is in a proper writing course environment. We all get a little nervous that we may one day be accused of stealing an idea if we have viewed unpublished works so as a rule it is better not to.

However, as I said, I do understand so if you would like to send me a general question about the industry or for a little advice here and there, I will do my best to get back to you in a timely fashion. I would also be happy to recommend a writing course that I myself attended. You can look these up at www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au

7. Can you help me get published and introduce me to your publisher?
Sorry, but no. I am not a publisher and cannot take it upon myself to inundate my publishers with piles of manuscripts. If you are keen to get published the best advice I can give you is to get an agent and really, the best way to do this is like everyone else – start sending your first three chapters of a very polished manuscript out to the literary agents you feel would be the right fit for you. My advice on this issue – just pick 3 or 4 agents to try and see what the response is. You don’t want to burn all your bridges straight away and if you get some feedback you can then apply it before sending it out again.

8. Can you do an interview for my school project?
If you have questions for a school project, please send them through on the comments and questions page and I will endeavour to answer them in a timely fashion. Since it is not possible for me to spend all day every day answering questions, please keep it to just a few and I will have to keep the answers fairly short – but I will get to them!

9. Where do you write?
Mostly, I write at home. Our dining room has been turned into one large writing desk, with papers and research strewn across the table. But, I also like to get out and about sometimes.

I have a local coffee shop which is always a favourite and find it easy to get lost in the stories amidst the chatter and clinking of teaspoons in cups.

10. Pen or computer?
I love both. Computer for when things are going well and I am in a flow. Most of my writing happens on the computer.

I prefer to use a pen for outlining the plot and research. Somehow it all feels more real if I have a notebook to flip through and see where I have noted things. I also like to circle things I’ve written or underline or, of course, put huge stars next to something when I think it is really important.

For each book, I start a new notebook and they go everywhere with me.

11. What’s the best part about writing a book?
The last line of a great chapter. Sometimes you will be writing for days and, especially in the middle of the book, it can feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is a very, very long way away. So, instead, I focus on the chapter and reaching the end. A great finish to a chapter is like striking gold to me.

12. What is the worst part about writing a book?
There is no worst part (really!), but the hardest part is handing it over to be read for the first time and waiting for those initial reactions. I work myself up into a fairly ridiculous state every time. I read an article written by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls) who described it as ‘The crazies’. Very true.

13. Do you follow any writing rules?
Research, research, research. Readers are smart and there is no point trying to fool them. Plus, if you are going to spend all this time writing these books, I figure I may as well get it right. Yes, the stories are fiction but the folklore, mythology and religious references they draw upon all come from historical tales and theories.

14. Are you religious?
It is a good question. I have written a book about angels and draw on a lot of theologian
references and biblical tales.

I am catholic and my husband and children are catholic too. However, that fact influenced the books very little.

I find the role of religion fascinating and the power it wields quite frightening but really the story in THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS comes from the mythology and the fantastical more than anything else.

15. What are some of the biggest distractions for you when you are writing?
Email, the internet and the kids. But really, I’m not going to start living without any of them (especially the kids!) so it is just something I have to juggle!

16. What do you do when you are not writing?
Mostly, I am hanging out with my husband and kids and going on whatever adventure seems like a good idea.

I also, no big surprise, read a lot. I love the movies and eating lots and lots of food. I have discovered I have a very large culinary range. I am very happy to sit down to a three course meal at a yummy restaurant or kick back on the couch at home with a piece of toast and a chocolate bar.

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