I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband and two children. I have two enormous ragdoll cats can often be found helpfully walking over my keyboard, chasing my mouse or generally complaining loudly about the lack of priority their needs are being given. My favourite actor is Robert Downey Jnr and I’m a big Harry Potter, Star Wars and Avengers fan. My kids can often be heard telling me “I am such a NERD!”
Tell us about The Midnight Society:
The Midnight Society is the love child of The Mortal Instruments and Back to the Future with a sprinkle of The Hunger Games. Fifteen-year-old Cate has been in witness protection for the last years. The hours of training and learning protocols all mean nothing when everyone and everything is suddenly frozen except her at the bus stop one Sunday. She discovers a brutal world filled with sorcery and time travel. The line between good and evil is blurred where magic is involved and Cate is required her to make a decision with potentially devastating consequences.
What inspired you to write this particular story?:
One night I sat down and announced I was going to write a book. It was when all the hype about Twilight was going on. I wrote an amazingly awful contemporary fiction novel about a woman making a film adaptation of a book. It was the book in that novel that became The Midnight Society. While I was writing about filming the opening scene I thought… now that’s a book I need to write.
Please share a favourite snippet from your book:
That’s so tricky without being too spoilery.
This is one of my favourite Cate moments:
Cate rolled her eyes. “I personally find the whole destiny thing to be overrated. It rarely ends well and involves extensive death and sacrifice for the greater good. None of which are really my thing.” She just wanted to go home and spend an ordinary, non-magically manipulated day with Eve.
And this is one of my favourite Eve comments:
Eve grinned. “I see your emerald stare and raise you my sapphire glare.”
Which comes first for you – a character's looks, personality or name?:
It’s actually different for different characters. For the Midnight Society. I knew exactly how Jonah and Rose looked, sounded and how he would deal with even the most bizarre situations from the second I started writing. For Cate and Eve I started with their personalities. Everything about Austin evolved as I wrote the story.
Any tips for aspiring authors?:
1. Make sure you write something that you love!
2. Read every day.
3. Don’t only read the genre you are writing. Read widely.
4. Don’t just read what everyone else is reading. Take a risk on different books. (When Alexandria Bracken first released The Darkest Minds it wasn’t promoted much in Australia. I found it in a bookstore and read it in a day. Then I kept saying to all my friends. Read this. Read this!!!)
5. Sit down and keep writing!
Questions for fun:
If you had the power of time travel, is there anything you would go back and change? Why/why not?:
After all the research I did, and different plot lines that evolved while I was writing The Midnight Society I like to think I would be able to avoid the temptation to change anything in my past. However, there is the tragic hair cut you always wish you could change. The ability to revisit a conversation after you’ve had time to think of the perfect comeback/answer would also be pretty cool.
What super-power would you choose?:
I’d love to be able to clone myself. Is that a super power? If it isn’t it should be.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?:
For my loved ones to be healthly, happy and fulfilled. To have a full time chauffer and of course World Peace!
Coffee, tea or wine?
I’m coffee addict and tea lover! Not a day goes by that you can’t find me drinking a weak, skinny caramel latte in the morning and sipping a lemongrass and ginger tea waiting to collect me kids from school.
What is your favourite book? (aside from one of your own!):
I’m an enormous Harry Potter fan! I am also very partial to any think that Rick Riodan or Cassandra Clare writes. They are the god and goddess of writing. My favourite book would be Between The Lives by Australian author Jessica Shirvington. I believe it’s called One Past Midnight in the US. Everyone should give that a read.
Favourite genre and why?:
Young Adult Fantasy and Dystopian. They always have such cool worlds and intriguing plots.
Upcoming news and plans for the future?:
I’m furiously editing Book 2 of The Midnight Chronicles – The Midnight Elites which will be released this year and also finishing Book 3 of the Midnight Chronicles. I plan to publish a mission the Timesurfers go on for readers to download starting in July.
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