Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve written just the one book – I think that’s plenty for now because it did involve me living in the American Wilderness for nearly six months!
Aside from that I’m female, forty-something, fat and occasionally very funny.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Everything You Ever Taught Me.
Walking from Mexico to Canada during a pandemic, I was utterly and totally unprepared for not living in a solid brick house with high-speed internet. It wasn’t even a dare – but just ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’. I didn’t even have a drop of alcohol in me at the time. I’ve been sober four years by then using a well-known fellowship.
Giving up the booze makes me a quitter! But I’m also an anxious-ridden mid-life crisis moper too. Living in a tent, eating cheap noodles and filtering murky water is not something I have ever aspired to do.
Still, how I survived earthquakes, avalanches, rattlesnakes, lions, bears, snow, fire, droughts and my own clumsiness amazes even me.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m funny. Funny ha-ha and funny peculiar. That probably comes across in my writing a lot! I also stress way too much about commas.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. It has comma problems too.
Wild – the film and the book is what prompted me to dash off into the wilderness.
Anything non-fiction written by women who….
What are you working on now?
Trying to persuade people to buy my book.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still learning that one!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
No. It’s not that I’m mean, it’s that I’m clueless. But if I’m doing it this way, then they’ll probably find more success doing it another way!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give advice.
What are you reading now?
How to sell more copies of your book!
What’s next for you as a writer?
What is your favorite book of all time?
Mine. Because I wrote it, I walked it and I cried about both of them and yet did it anyway.