I wrote a lot of vampire fiction in those days, including one a friend lovingly refers to as the “exploding lesbian vampire story”.
And the best thing was the literature and cultural studies units I took seemed particularly suited for discussing the merits of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and its coded reading of homosexuality in fin-de-siecle London. In the end I wrote an honours thesis on vampires, specifically on Armand, which gives my obsession a lovely cyclical tone.
After university, I worked for a zoo as a professional writer, among other things. A great job, one I worked at for eight years, before my partner and I took off to Toronto, Canada, for two years while he completes a fellowship in radiology.
It was while in Toronto that my first book, Beckoning Blood, was picked up for publication by Escape Publishing, a digital-first imprint of Harlequin Australia. I started writing Beckoning Blood in November 2009 as part of NaNoWriMo. I finished it in January 2010 then took an age to edit it into something workable, including rewriting the whole last third. It needed it.
Over the next few years, I received some interest from publishers though no one ready to take the full bite of the cherry until I submitted to Escape. While not initially accepted, some feedback from the Managing Editor, Kate Cuthbert, and a bit of a rewrite of the opening later, I woke up one August morning (in Quebec City) to an email including an offer of acceptance. Stoked doesn’t even begin to describe it. Beckoning Blood was released in May 2014, with the sequel due for release on 22 May 2015.
When I’m not writing my own work, I write and edit for various organisations in a range of industries from environmental conservation to personal fitness and luxury travel. I’m also a keen photographer, website designer, graphic designer and traveller.
If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner 2012 Passionate Ink Stroke of Midnight contest for paranormal/time travel.