Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
– I’m from Portugal, currently reside near Lisbon. I’m married and have a son. I graduated college with a degree in Marketing and Advertising and have never worked in that area, I hate it. On the other hand, have worked in pretty much every thing else, from nanny to English teacher, to customer support and collectings.
What would you say is your more iconic novel and why?
I’m new to this business of having published novels, so I wouldn’t know. Probably Unnatural, because it’s the first one in a series and is actually very much me, very much my imaginary world is there, along with a lot of experiences and memories from my past life. It’s probably my most personal novel, as it’s where readers get an inkling of who I am deep down.
Which writers inspire you?
So many! George Eliot, the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, Stephen Lawhead, Anne Rice, Agatha Christie, Susanna Clarke, Donna Tart, J.K. Rowling…
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
I’ve never written with other writers, tough I used to do that in my teens with my best friend.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t. I’ve always written, always enjoyed above anything else sitting down to pen a story to paper. It’s the only thing I like doing professionally, actually, the only thing that makes me feel happy with my work. I became sort of a writer the moment I was made redundant in my last work place and while I was looking for another job, I got back to writing. Then I decided I wasn’t going back to work – our son was a toddler – and so it all converged on me becoming a writer.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I currently write full-time.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I don’t have a system, really. I do have an outline at the start, even if it’s only in my head, I do jot down a brief synopsis of what I want the story to be, but then muse grabs the reins and I can’t but go along with her!
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Who doesn’t love good reviews? As for bad reviews, depends on whether they come from a place of meanness – there’s a lot of that going round – or are helpful. A bad review, if coherent and truthful, can be very helpful for authors, even though it hurts like a proverbial MF!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I’m very present on Instagram, and I also have a blog where I talk a lot about my novels, amongst other things, even though it’s a food blog. It’s called L’air du Temps, if you’re curious.