1) How do you remember your first kiss? Wow, this was a funny one. I was fourteen and in my second year of high school. I was such an ugly duckling before high school. I was a Tom Boy, my hair cut (sorry, Mum) was just atrocious. Guys weren’t interested in me. In high school I took more control over my appearance (put those scissors away, Mum) and actually developed a decent sense of style. But I was still awkward. And after bing ceremoniously dumped by my friends after my first year of high school, I was hanging around with a new (and actually much cooler) group of girls. We went together as a group to our local show (fair) and this hot guy from the grade above started hanging around with us as well. He took me on the haunted house ride, to which I screamed and grabbed him for comfort (we were both so smooth). Then he took me down the back of the grounds were the cattle were and just stared at me. I was refusing to look at him as I knew the moment I did he would kiss me and I was so freaking out. And of course I did look at him and he kissed me and I thought “Gee this is wet.
2) First Favourite Love Song: The first one I can remember is “Especially for you’ by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donavan. I wanted to be with Jason Donavan. *Le Sigh*
3) What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day? Open my laptop 😛 Ha, ha. Usually it’s to read through the last lot of notes from my wonderful Alpha Reader, Stacey Nash. If you don’t know what an Alpha Reader is – it’s a lot like a beta reader expect that it’s a person who reads as you write. They are your champion and cheerleader, and they’re the person who pushes you through self doubt. I don’t always get to write every day, so this helps me refocus and get back into the story. If I’ve already read her notes then I go back through the last chapter.
4) Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer? I can’t really put this down to one writer. It was a staged process. I had written short stories and some really bad plays for a while, but when my son reached an age where he could read to himself, he started reading some awesome books, and I started reading those books as well. Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest was one of the first, so technically she would be the one that inspired me to write first. But I didn’t really get off my arse and do anything. Then I read the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling and I really wanted to write something as good. Then I read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and thought, I could do this. It took all those three authors for me to get off my lazy butt and finish my first novel.
5) Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it start with? No! It didn’t. My story was pretty tight, but one of the editors suggested it started too early and that we needed a chapter beforehand. She was right. Originally it started with the main character, Mishca, in hospital awaiting her heart transplant. The new first chapter shows Mishca with her dad at work (rugby league coach) on her summer holidays before university. She misses her friends, her isolation is shown better. It’s a good glimpse into her “before” life that wasn’t given until the new chapter was added.
6) What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think go your writing? Unique (but I don;t mind if it’s). I really pride myself on my story lines being a bit left of centre with a twist that catches people off guard. I don’t want to write things that have been done before If it has been, it really needs to be a new take so I can truly call it my own.
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