Thank you for the opportunity to share a little bit about myself.
I live in Adelaide with my husband Paul of 35 years and my two grown children and their appendages. I recently became a full-time manager of an Autograph store, and now I struggle to juggle my two careers. I find my creativity is at its peak very early in the morning when I am fresh and uninterrupted. I’ve just invested in a laptop and am doing more work in the outdoors or at work in my back room.
Three years ago, I spat out 9 long (approx. 120k each) contemporary novels and have spent pretty much the last few years working on editing them. I managed to release two last year and one this year. My love for Italy is the reason I like to focus my stories there. I have a lot of fond memories of Palermo in Sicily where I was born, and my colourfuI relatives still live in Villa Nave, the hotspot for my series. Bella Notte is the second in the series, following The Sicilian List which was a finalist in this years’ RuBY. It’s steamy, and fast paced and packed with food, dancing and amore! It also lets you enjoy the original character’s continuing love story, while introducing you to a new one. Of course, there’s a little mayhem, mystery and murderous intentions just to keep you on your toes.
I have had some success with eBooks, through Amazon, but my fanbase are all about the hard copy novels. I run a cottage industry from home each time I have a new release, and it’s a fun way to catch up with people. Their enthusiasm and praise keep me going when I lose heart or feel insignificant in a giant pond of talent. It’s hard to spend time selling myself in such a way that I am recognised by the masses. It’s a fulltime job in itself, which is why I don’t feel I have really given it the time and effort required. Different people have told me varying outcomes of their journey from pure luck to emails, bookbubs and blogs. It’s like everything else, there are many talented people out there that are being overlooked, but it takes opportunity knocking, and a little luck as well as sweat and tears to have a measure of success.
I look at it this way. There are people out there who are reading my stories, and then passing those books on to others. It’s what I’ve always wanted. It doesn’t matter if it’s 50 books or 50,000, I loved writing every word and hope that those who discover them will enjoy reading them too. So that’s a big tick for me, and as my BFF reminds me when I’m feeling down, I’m doing what I always dreamt of doing. That’s success to me.