Every time someone finds out I’m a writer the first question is always, “What are your books about?” I usually answer with Contemporary Women’s fiction – but what exactly is that?
I define it as anything that is relevant to modern life – any issues that might come up in our current society.
Let me give you some examples. In the “How to …” series of books so far I have written
about: love affairs and infidelity, divorce, abortion, adoption, alcoholism, gambling, smoking,
under-age sex, domestic violence, mental illness, suicide, physical disabilities, genetic
conditions. I have written about heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Some of my
characters have been religious and spiritual and other have been atheist.
I want to be known as a writer for whom no subject is taboo. If it happens in our society then
it will be somewhere in my books. Some subjects I have first-hand experience of, others I
have had to research. The internet is a vital tool in this research but also interviewing real
people has proved invaluable.
I’ve always wondered why gossip has been such an interest to me and now I can see why
– I need it for my work. I love hearing about other people’s stories and how they live their
lives. I suppose gossip isn’t the right word because I try not to judge anyone and I don’t pass
the gossip on in a derogatory way. I show an interest in what goes on around me and then I
translate it into a story-line.
So, if you know me, watch out, one day you might read about yourself in one of my books.
But fear not! Your name and details will be changed. I can’t afford to be sued.