Q. Tell us a little about yourself? What sort of background do you come from?
I come from a retail background having worked in the family business with my late husband for over 30 years. I also spent 3 years working in radio with the best presenters and reading my poetry on air. So in general I am a people person.
Q. Initially, you started writing poetry; what prompted that?
I got hooked on poetry at 10 years of age when I won a competition ran by the then Belfast Corporation, for a slogan on winter health care. I received the princely sum of one guinea (£1.10p). Then I became very adept at writing Valentine rhymes (thence my romantic poetry began) for my friends at school.
Q. Now you have progressed into story telling; what has motivated you to do that?
I have always loved reading and started writing short stories for my own amusement whenever an unusual idea came into my head.
Q. What would be your criteria for a good story?
My criteria for a good story would be a setting readers could relate to and a sting in the tale ending.
Q. How did your collection of poetry in ‘Reflections’ and ‘Reflections Two’ come about?
I had the collection 'Reflections' ready for publication on winning an on line competition ran by 'Night Poets.’ My three entries came in first, second and third, the prize being publication of a poetry collection. I had gathered up my collection over the years and was ready to go. Unfortunately the guy running 'Night Poets' went to America without fulfilling his obligations and has since went bankrupt...Reflections 2 was mainly made up of challenges set by listeners and presenters on the radio shows, plus some short stories.
Q. Where do you find your inspiration; are you influenced by anything in particular?
I find my inspiration from life and people watching, I am a hopeless romantic at heart and write from the heart.
Q. Do you get much support from family and friends? And is that important to a writer?
I get a lot of support from my family and friends, although not really important to every writer, I find it keeps me focused.
Q. Who would be your favourite authors?
My favourite authors are an ecliptic mix from Daphne du Maurier to Maeve Binchley and Danielle Steel and recently have loved the works of David W Stokes.
Q. Have you any advice for aspiring authors?
For aspiring authors my only advice would be to write from the heart and stick to subjects you have knowledge of. Preparation and research are essential.
Q. What are your plans for the future? What can we expect from you next?
My future plans are hoping to have 'Another Time, Another Place' published and continue adding to another poetry collection; this genre being my first love.