When I married I left the ASO and moved to Port Lincoln SA where my husband was teaching. My performing options were limited there so I began to explore other creative outlets. Once I discovered writing, however, I never looked back. Somehow writing feels more creative – with violin I was only interpreting someone else’s work; with writing I actually create my own.
RUN TO ME is your first book. Is it terrifying or exhilarating as you await its release?
It depends when you ask me – my feelings seem to change by the minute. Both terror and exhilaration are in the mix but definitely more of the latter.
What five words would you use to describe your novel?
Gripping. Fast-paced. Moving. Uplifting.
RUN TO ME is reminiscent of Hitchcock. Was he one of your inspirations when writing this novel?
Yes, definitely, and I’m flattered you see a similarity. I love how Hitchcock could create such tremendous tension with little or no graphic violence. I’m a firm believer that less is more in that regard.
You are involved with a local writing group. Has this been helpful in forging your career as a writer?
As a beginner I gained much from my local writing group – knowledge, inspiration and fellowship. When I became serious about wanting to be published however, I entered a critiquing partnership with three other like-minded writers and they helped me refine my skills. In the fourteen years we’ve been meeting, we’ve evolved into a tightly-knit team. I can’t tell you how much I value the others’ feedback on my work.
What is next for you?
I’m currently working on another thriller set in the north-eastern US. This one will either take place on a cape or an island, I haven’t decided. The villain (a woman) is fast turning into a cross between Norman Bates and Annie Wilkes from Misery!
Want to know how to write a bestseller? We have good news. Waterstones has discovered the winning formula.On July 10, 2015
We have out together a selection of our favourite books for Mother's Day. It reflects every taste as we know every mother is different.On March 15, 2017
Dimity Powell has just released her debut children's book, PS: Who Stole Santa's Mail. She has been a vibrant and supportive member of the writing community for some time and it...On December 10, 2012
The much anticipated continuation to one of the best-loved crime series of the last decade will be published in Sweden as Det som inte dödar oss (What Doesn’t Kill You)....On January 30, 2015
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah, a man chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. The stellar cast includes Jennifer Connelly,...On March 11, 2014
Tippi Hedren, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood and star of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Marnie, tells her story of abuse at the hands of controlling director...On November 2, 2016