As a young adult, I loved nothing more than escaping between the pages of a book, so it was a natural progression for me to start writing my own stories. My first story, Intergalactic Heroine for Hire (IGH), featured a teenage heroine who was transported to another planet to fight brain eating aliens, while the second was Dr Who fanfic that I wrote with a friend. Neither of these stories were fit to be published, though IGH still holds a special place in my heart and is now languishing in my filing cabinet awaiting a rewrite.
Angel Fire was the third story I wrote, by hand as I didn’t own a typewriter or a computer back then. That manuscript, all painstakingly written out, was shoved in a folder and forgotten about as shiny new ideas arrived. Fast forward two decades, and while going through my filing cabinet I came across the folder containing the original version of Angel Fire. The ink was faded, making it hard to read, but I spent hours deciphering the words I had written many years earlier.
The writing was bad, but the story was good, and it rekindled the spark inside me. I sat at my computer, took the bones of the story and used everything I had learned about writing over the years to craft new life from it. From that one story, the idea for a series grew, and Arcane Awakenings was created. Six stories, six young women and the extraordinary abilities that make them a target for unscrupulous scientists.
I still love to escape between the pages of a book whenever I get the chance, whether that is through creating my own stories or reading one of the many wonderful books waiting in my TBR pile. I live by the motto, ‘You can never have too many books’ and know that being an author is me living my best life.