I first met LaVerne Clark through KiwiWriters, then later met face to face in regular writing groups. She has since convinced me join Romance Writers NZ. I consider LaVerne a close friend and one of my greatest supporters.
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for a job?
I’m a mum and wife, so life is pretty hectic. I swear, I’m busier now than when I was working as a picture framer in my other life!
When do you generally write your story, and where?
I’m almost counting down the hours until the clock strikes 8pm, when the children go to bed. Does that make me a bad mother? Probably I have two laptops – one in the lounge and one in my bedroom – and write between them both, updating the USB stick each time. I have a playlist using a really cool, FREE app called Spotify on both, plug myself in and am away.
What made you decide to write in the first place?
Like most writers, I have a need to write. I love the whole creative process, but my favourite part would have to be going through edits and tightening the story until it is the best I can make it.
Why do you write about the topics you do?
I’m a romantic at heart and truly believe everyone can have and deserve a happily-ever-after if they’re only brave enough to open themselves up for it. Everyone wants to be loved. Isn’t that what we all strive for?
Where would be your ideal place be to write?
I would love to have my own office. Somewhere where I could shut the door and have everything at my fingertips at a moments notice. At the moment, if I want to print something out, I have to get the printer out, hook it up after fiddling with all sorts of assorted plugs, print whatever it is out, then put it away again.
If money was no object, would you write full time?
Ooo – yes please! That is my goal. Isn’t it every writer’s goal?
Tell us a little something about the book you are currently working on:
I’m waiting to hear back from my editor about my first full-length story, (cross fingers for me will you?) and am polishing up and finishing off another that’s been on my mind for quite a while. It is a contemporary fantasy romance set in the Central Plauteau area of NZ and involves the Tarawera eruption, a Maori bone carving with a strange power and a villain determined to get his hands on it.
Thanks Karen! That was fun
Check out another post from LaVerne on how she came to create Affinity – posted on 30th March 2013