Hi Kim! Welcome to To Another World! Can you tell us about yourself and your books?
Hey! Thanks for having me!
I’m a writer, obviously, who was born in Dublin and now lives in London. I’ve worked as a copywriter in advertising for over 15 years. And I’m married to the man I started dating 20 years ago. So I guess I’m good at sticking at things! I write books for teenagers
Now, I personally haven’t read any of your books yet, though I hope to read Glaze soon! What is different from the Shifter books to Glaze?
The Shifter series features a male protagonist who has the power to change his every decision and has a lot of action and stuff blowing up, along side some pretty deep ideas about quantum physics and parallel worlds. Glaze is a little more ‘realistic’ even though it’s set in the future. It’s a bit slower in pace and more emotionally tense. But both of them are really all about the consequences of our decisions.
I adore all the covers of all of your books. How did they come about being designed?
Thank you! The covers for the Shifter series were commissioned by my publisher Strange Chemistry who wanted to capture the filmic, action-orientated feeling of the books. The photographs were done by a very famous cover designer called Larry Rossant who does some of the best SF covers around! I think the cover for Control is probably my favourite. The cover for Glaze was designed by my great friend and partner in advertising, Regan Warner. I wanted something photographic so that it could sit along side my other books. But other than that, it was totally up to her. What she came back with was amazing!
Do you have any writing habits, such as certain places or times?
Not really. I can write almost anywhere. On the train or bus on my way to work. At my desk in my very messy office. Or at the Royal Festival Hall with some of my writer friends. I tend to write my first drafts by hand into notebooks, but even that isn’t always the case. The book I’ve just started writing is a series of letters, and for some reason I’m finding it easier to write straight to the computer.
We ask all the authors who come to TAW this question… If you were taken to a desert island, what three items would you take? (Nothing that can get you off the island – we know you creative types!)
A knife that’s big enough to kill things to eat and chop down trees in order to make myself a lovely tree house to live in. My husband, because I would be lonely without him. And my Kindle (and solar panel charger)– maybe if I’m stranded there for enough time I’d actually finish all the books I have loaded up.
Argh, I hate this question as I can never answer it. So I’ll chicken out by saying favourite book I read this year, which is Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
Tibetan Terrier, because I want to get one.
This or That!
Coke or Lemonade?
Coke. Only caffeine free!
Pen/Paper or Computer?
Pen and Paper
Chocolate or Sweets?