It all depends on what else is going on in my life at the
time that I’m busy writing a book. When I wrote my novel, Chocolate Aftertaste,
I was studying, working, and doing so many other things that it took me around
a year and a half or so to finish. Tangi’s Teardrops took me in total around
six months to write.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your
I get ideas from everywhere. I believe that there’s a story
in pretty much everything. People are walking, talking books. I also take a lot
of ideas from life and experiences, the weather, food, the newspaper…anything
really. The important thing is to keep my heart and mind open to receive those
idea before they fly off.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
At the moment I’ve written two books. My first novel,
Tangi’s Teardrops, a young adult fantasy, was published in January and in April
I published a contemporary romance novel, Chocolate Aftertaste. Which is my
favorite? That’s a hard question to answer because the two books are so
different. Chocolate Aftertaste is all from my imagination and Tangi’s
Teardrops is partly made up and partly based on a true story. I enjoyed writing
both and I’ll have to say that each holds a special place in my heart.
When and why did you begin writing?
I can’t tell you for sure when I started writing. I just
noticed one day that I was. Writing is as important to me as breathing. Maybe I
started to write when I started to read, I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter
how, when, or why I started writing. I’m just happy to be doing something that
I love so much.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Tangi’s Teardrops was inspired by my childhood. Tangi is
actually my third first name (I know, I have way too many names on my
passport). You can read about the story behind Tangi’s Teardrops here: http://bit.ly/wWAjj4
How did you come up with the titles?
Tangi’s teardrops: This title was pretty easy since I used
my name and the teardrops represent my sad childhood.
Chocolate Aftertaste: The Chocolate part of
the title stands for the town (a fictional town well known for producing the
best chocolate in Ireland) to which Nora (my protagonist) escapes in order to
find herself, and Aftertaste represents the consequences of
the choices she makes while living in that town.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to
When reading Chocolate Aftertaste I would like readers to
embrace the power they have to make the choices that are right for them. Only
they know what really makes them happy. You can read more about the power of
making choices and the inspiration behind writing the novel here, http://bit.ly/HEaDMF
With Tangi’s Teardrops I’d like to remind readers that
sometimes crying doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. It can be so freeing. For
Tangi, it definitely was, in a magical kind of wayJ.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes. Chocolate Aftertaste is a story about a woman, Nora,
who has a very controlling father. He makes all the important decisions in her
life, even when it comes to her love life. All her life she has done her very
best to live up to his expectations, sacrificing her own happiness. Until she
almost makes a major mistakes and realizes it’s time to take back the control.
She flees to another town looking for a new beginning and maybe love. She soon
learns that starting over and falling in love brings along its own challenges.
But what matters most is that she has made her own choices and is ready to
enjoy the benefits of those choices and handle the consequences.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change
anything in your latest book?
No, I’ve changed a lot of things already. Right now, I’m
finally happy. Chocolate Aftertaste is exactly where I want it to be.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a women’s Fiction manuscript I wrote
a few years ago (genre could change depending on the level of editing I’ll
do). The novel is based on a true story that shows the meaning of true
friendship between two women. The novel should be available sometime in June.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you enjoy reading.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to
Thank you for believing in me enough to open the first page
of any of my novels. I appreciate your support and will work hard to create
some great stories for you.
CHOCOLATE AFTERTASTE Blurb
At her pre-wedding dinner, Nora Darkin, the daughter of a
wealthy entrepreneur, discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was.
As her father hoists his glass to toast them, she makes an announcement: there
will be no wedding to her father's right-hand man.
Due to the fresh rift driven between her and her father, Nora escapes to the
quaint town of Dreara. Determined to live her life her own way, she makes new
friends and pursues her lifelong desire of becoming a chef. Ethan Danes, a
neighbour with his own broken heart, helps soothe hers.
Just as Nora discovers what it means to be happy, and she begins to fall in
love with Ethan, a woman from his past re-enters his life…