First of all, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a widow with an Autistic teenage son. I had to take to writing when my husband was killed because I couldn’t work night shifts at the NHS with a toddler. I have six published books, 4 with a US indie publisher and 2 with a UK indie publisher.
How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?
I have participated in NaNoWriMo every year since 2007. I have succeeded each year.
What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?
I am writing the 4th book in my Six book space saga. Two great theocracies of Genetically Modified Humans fight over the crumbling remains of the Congress of Human Colonised Worlds. In book 4 a world hit by a planetbuster, which sets off every volcano on the planet, is colonised by the GM humans designed to live in those extreme conditions. The other theocracy of GM humans seeks to drive the colonists from the planet.
How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?
I insist on writing at least 2000 words every day in November. I put a song with a pounding, racing beat on repeat and my fingers move in time to the rhythm. If anyone wanted to attempt NaNoWriMo, I would suggest finding a group on social media who can groan along with you and encourage you when you are down.
If our readers wanted to follow you and your work, what would be the best way to do that?
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
NaNoWriMo is a great way to get a first draft out. Writing is a lonely business but for November you have company and encouragement.