I’ve never written a fantasy novel before, but I simply loved reading The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia as a child, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I took the plunge. (This includes reading and watching Lord of the Rings too, over and over again). Entering another world where animals could talk and other beings co-existed together was pure magic.
My latest novel is about elves and humans. So far, only the skeleton of the novel is being completed, like the bare branches on a tree. At some point, I’ll go back and add the luscious leaves.
Discipline as a writer is important, so I try to write every day, but if I’m super tired after teaching all day, then I let the moment pass and give more thought to the story before writing it another evening. I don’t often like to plan too far in advance as I love it when my characters change and do something completely unexpected. It is this that excites me as a writer – the not knowing. I know the ending, but not the journey of my characters until I start writing.
Being interested in science fiction, my first trilogy was based on Men In Black, ET, Spiderman and Star Wars. Films inspired me to write science fiction in such a way it reads like a movie. The idea of the existence of aliens fascinates me.