Seriously! We don't joke around here!
I live in South Africa with my husband, two daughters, five dogs, two meerkats and a parrot. I love to read and my kindle(s) are my favourite gadget. Colour My Ugly is my first book but there are so many more to come.
I am a coffee addict and I hate purple sweets. I love to write next to an open window.
I am inspired by everything around me and I love to people watch wherever I go.
Are meerkats friendly? Sounds pretty cool!
What does your writing process look like?
Lots of post it notes and a giant messy desk
Do you write naked?
Not naked but bra and pants are optional
So does this mean you roll around in post it notes, with only a t-shirt on, is that what you are trying to tell us? What other kind of kinky stuff are you guys into in Africa? Hmm.... back to the interview...
Very important - stupid names bug me!
Renee isn't a stupid name, it is very nice. See how nice it looks in all diamonds! Forget about the name Tracey, just no way around THAT name (Just kidding Tracey!)
Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
I choose names that match the characters background and personality
(Tracey) I LOVE the names of your main characters, Lauri and, OMG ROWAN in Colour My Ugly! They fit them perfectly and the cover is just WOW, AMAZING!
Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
If it sounds stupid - skip it!
Well good thing Renee doesn't sound stupid, what about the name Renee, don't you love that name?
I might have a character coming with a name very close…
(Renee) How much will it take to get you to change that to Renee??? What about Tracey? Don't you love us?? HUH??? Come on now girlfriend, throw us a bone!
(Tracey) We need to be somewhere Renee!
If you could be a character in any novel you've ever read, who would you be and why?
Claire from Aleatha Romig’s Consequences series - and are you kidding she ends up with Tony Rawlings…
There is a cafe here called Bille Bi- I would move in if they'd let me
I was a waitress through high school and then my first “real” job was as a cashier at the duty free mall at JHB International Airport - it sucked!
Are you kidding me!
Movie - P.S. I Love You (Irish boys do it for me)
Book - Too many I cannot put one down
Every single one
Do you respond to them, good or bad?
Nope, I simply read them to learn what I did wrong or right
Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Ignore them or learn from them but don't let them harm your belief in yourself- if all else fails...drink wine!
(Renee) This is the size of glass I would need if I ever wrote a book....
(Tracey) I know I messaged you when I was reading Colour My Ugly and you were wonderful in responding and we've been in touch since! I think it's great to have the interaction. Such a wonderful way to form new friendships!
(Tracey) How stunningly gorgeous! Although in my head when reading the story, the building was just wood color. Hey Renee, what do you say we check this out while we are here?
I am working on three projects at the moment - two in the Colour series and one secret project
So many projects, you MUST be able to include the our names somewhere??
Either you are training to be FBI or a stalker either one is good with me
We do stalk but ALL in a good way!
Is it sad I cannot name one character in either of these?
If I wasn't afraid I would _________ (What?)
I refuse to live in fear - I have done a number of stupid things like dive with sharks, walk with elephants - if I want to do it I will no matter how scared I am
A few things. I have an original first edition Winnie The Pooh book that was my Moms. I have a ring that my husbands Granny gave me… actually I am a rather sentimental person
Namibia, it’s the most beautiful country of contrast and stark opposites. I love it there, I wouldn't even need to pack my shit if you said I could go I would literally run!
Both - you learn a lot listening
I'm sorry, what were you saying?
Can you comfortably eat in a restaurant by yourself?
Go to movie? yes - all the time
What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?
What is this? It sounds like I should try it..
Are you going to show us any of your moves? Oh right, we would be watching, good point! We'll pretend we're not watching...You Tube get ready!
Do you like to sing in the shower?
No - shower is for peace and quiet
(Renee) Not at my house, I have a 16 y.o. that sings at the top of his lungs every morning, could you mention that peace and quiet thing to him, please?
At the beach would you rather play in the sand, or play in the water?
Sand all the way! I am irrationally afraid of drowning
(Tracey) Sand! I'm not a huge fan of water other than to take a quick dip in a nice WARM pool then lay out in sun, preferably with a Cabana Boy serving cocktails!
(Renee) You didn't mention we could have Cabana Boys, can I have my own? Are they to order? Dark hair, blue eyes?
Here more things to know about Ashleigh!
“If you love something, kill it. Before it kills you.”
I am a villain, a monster and am here with a plan to execute. She is not part of my plan. She is poison and she is going to kill me.
I will let her, because my broken black heart beats with love for her.
Death follows me like a shadow creeping silently after me, tethered to my blackened soul. I am cursed to carry it with me everywhere I go. It is never far away from me, and I am perfectly happy with that. The dark shadow of death keeps me alive in this rotten fucking world.
Light through the grey shadow changes everything. It changes me.
He took my madness and broke me. I am going to kill him.
Are you ready to love and let die with Callum and Shannon?