Frequently asked questions

 

Below are some of the questions I frequently get asked and have taken from actual interviews. If there is something you’d like to ask that is not answered below, please feel free to leave a comment below, or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.  

 

What are you working on now?

The fourth book in the Beyond the Grave series, WHEN DARKNESS FOLLOWS is scheduled for release in March, 2018. I will be announcing official release and pre-order dates soon. Daniel and Rachel’s story is inspired by a real ‘ghostly’ shipwreck (The Alkimos) on the coast of Western Australia that is shrouded in mystery, tragedy, and of course eerie speculation of the paranormal.

I am also working on an edgy and contemporary standalone romantic thriller which is scheduled to be released in May, 2018. Details will follow soon.

 

Girl Unseen is a genre-crossing novel with elements of a romance, paranormal, and mystery as well. Did you start writing with this in mind, or did this happen organically as you were writing?

It definitely happened organically. I tend to write in the genre’s I enjoy reading the most. I love romance, paranormal and thriller’s, so it was not surprising to discover all three elements come through in my stories.

 

The characters in this novel, I felt, were intriguing and well developed. What themes did you try to capture while developing your characters?

Thank you! The paranormal investigation team’s motivations and goals tend to naturally conflict with law enforcement, so putting the two together makes some very interesting sparks fly. The paranormal investigators are there to prove and document the existence of the paranormal, and the special ops team are there to solve the crime, catch the criminal, and gain enough evidence for the case to be prosecuted in a court of law. Throw in the conflict of a complicated and seemingly impossible romance, and you end up with a pretty tangled web that needs to be resolved by the end of the book!

 

Pia works for a television show and tries to debunk mysteries. Did you do research to maintain relevance to real life paranormal events?

Yes. I have a natural curiosity for the paranormal due to unexplained personal experiences that happened to me at a very young age. Those events triggered a lifelong fascination and study in metaphysical subjects.

 

You write about the paranormal in your Beyond the Grave series. Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes. I believe there is much more to this life than what we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch.

My grandmother’s house was haunted, and I had many unexplainable experiences growing up. I never talked about this until very recently because I did not want to sound flaky or weird. A person’s smile tends to freeze on their face when you mention the paranormal in any context other than fantasy. Unless of course, the person you are talking with has had experiences of their own, then you see the instant spark of recognition. At last! Someone who understands!

 

Can you tell us about your experiences?

It has taken me until I was forty to become comfortable enough with who I am to be able to speak about my own experiences. It is somehow easier when I know people are thinking, I know her, she wouldn’t be telling me this if she didn’t believe it to be true. I had buried that part of myself until my fascination with paranormal started coming out through my writing.

Last Christmas, when my mother was visiting from interstate, the conversation turned to my writing and the Beyond the Grave series. I told her I didn’t know why I’ve always had a fascination with all things paranormal and laughed and tried to shrug it off the way I always do. I’m just weird like that, I’d say. But then mum told me something that happened to me when I was only nine months old that shocked me. I had no idea! Which is understandable, because, as I just mentioned, we don’t talk about stuff like that. Sane, rational people don’t talk about ghosts. You sold your house, moved somewhere else and never spoke of it again. Until, of course, your daughter grows up to write ghost stories and wonders where her love of paranormal began!

 

What made you decide to become a writer?

It wasn’t something I just decided and then set out to do. It certainly wasn’t something I felt free to consider as an appropriate career choice when I was younger. Academic pursuits were valued more highly than creative ones. Writing, for me, was the natural outcome of my search to find my passion. My life was full. I am a wife and work as a partner in a family business. I have three children, two boys still in primary school. My days were crammed, there was no time for anything else. I had so much to be grateful for, so why was there a hole inside of me? Why did I feel there was something missing? It was during this ‘soul searching’ phase I guess you could call it, that I discovered my passion – writing.

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