Ten Facts about Cactus

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An introduction to Cactus, one of the lovely animals featured in my upcoming cosy mystery, Poisoned Primrose.

1. Motts’s best friend

2. Wears sweaters

3. Enjoys walks in the garden

4. A classic snuggler

5. Gossips with Motts’s turtle

6. A lap cat

7. Addicted to cat nip

8. Chases butterflies

9. A very, very, very social sort of beast

10. A finicky eater

10 Facts about Teo

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An introduction to Teo, the lovely detective and romantic interest, from my upcoming cosy mystery, Poisoned Primrose.

1. Has two tattoos, one of which is a large cross on his back

2. Croatian

3. Non-practising Catholic

4. Asexual

5. Knits with his grandmother

6. Gryffindor

7. Loves Manchester City (the football team)

8. Visits his grandmother at least twice a week

9. Proud of his work as a detective inspector

10. Listens to jazz obsessively.

10 Facts about Motts

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An introduction to Motts, the main character, from my upcoming cosy mystery, Poisoned Primrose.

1. Has an origami tattoo.

2. She was named (Pineapple) after the fruit her mum craved while she was pregnant.

3. Afraid of pierced earrings.

4. Plays the harmonica.

5. Obsessed with graphic novels.

6. A Ravenclaw with the hint of Hufflepuff.

7. Proud of her ability to eat her weight in chocolate.

8. She is autistic, asexual, and going through early menopause.

9. Named her bicycle Monty for no reason.

10. She identifies as a Ravenclaw–everyone else thinks she’s a Slytherin/Gryffindor.

Five Ways The Lion Tamer Surprised Me

Five Ways The Lion Tamer Surprised Me

As a writer who rarely outlines or plots in advance, I’m often (read: always) surprised by some of the twists and turns in my own stories. Some of my novels shock me more than others. You’d think I’d learn to expect the unexpected.

When I started The Lion Tamer, I knew roughly where I wanted it to go. I didn’t quite anticipate the journey it would take to get there. Scottie, in particular, surprised me. Then again, he is the more mercurial of the two men. Gray is quite set in his ways and stable in comparison.

In any case, here are five ways (or things) that surprised me in the sixth Sin Bin story. I’ll try to avoid spoilers if you haven’t read it yet.

  1. Scottie’s growth and his strength in facing his demons. I wasn’t sure he had it in him.
  2. Scottie’s little brother. He’s a darling. I love him.
  3. You’ll see.
  4. The Red Card. I could honestly write an entire novel centred around it.
  5. Gray’s patience. Honestly, he should be up for sainthood.

Even though I always promise myself I’ll at least attempt to plan in advance, my stories still surprise me.

I have to admit, I love that about writing.

 

Ten Things I Hate About You

Scottie and Gray from The Unexpected Santa and The Lion Tamer are two of the grumpiest men I’ve ever written. Seriously. They are.

And I ADORE them for it.

I also love the teen movie Ten Things I Hate About You. (Don’t judge me.)

So, I thought I’d write a few things that both men hate or very strongly dislike.

Gray.

  1. People who don’t pay attention to motorcyclists on the road.
  2. Bad food.
  3. Cowardice
  4. Close-mindedness.
  5. Potholes.

Scottie.

  1. Nosy friends.
  2. Most of his family.
  3. Child abusers.
  4. Golf.
  5. Vegemite.

Is there anything you hate or strongly dislike?

 

 

The Wonder Twins.

Or, ten things about Alice and Alex, two of my favourite secondary characters in The Sin Bin. They appear first in The Royal Marine and feature more in The Unexpected Santa and The Lion Tamer. I thought I’d share a little bit about them.

  1. They are both autistic.
  2. Alice is obsessed with origami.
  3. Alex rebuilds motorcycle engines–with a bit of help.
  4. They eat the same thing every Thursday–beans on buttered toast. Every. Thursday.
  5. Alice cuts Alex’s hair. She’s done it since they were ten because he hates having people touch his hair.
  6. They drink warm, but never hot tea.
  7. Alex can’t watch scary movies. Alice loves them.
  8. Alice loves language–the way words sound. She often repeats phrases.
  9. They like eating out at restaurants, just the two of them but outside of the busiest times.
  10. They obsessively watch TV.