By nmurray, Oct 3 2020 08:25AM
Hi Alex, I am really glad that you can join me today. I hope your book tour is going well. Please let everyone know about your writing career and your new book A View from a Mountain.
1) What made you want to write a book?
From my early years I loved writing short stories and poems about my observations, feelings and life in general. But after recording my family's history of their lives in the then Dutch East Indies during the 1900's, I felt compelled to write a book about it.
With a lot of encouragement from my family, I decided to take up the challenge of writing a novel based on the experiences of my grandmother and mother. Their stories needed to be told, but as I didn’t have all the information about certain periods in their lives, I wrote the book as historical fiction.
2) Tell us about you and where you live.
I was born in Indonesia and grew up in West Papua New Guinea. After spending some years in Holland, I emigrated to Australia, Brisbane where I met my husband and where my daughter and son were born. I eventually fulfilled my dream of becoming a musician and piano teacher by studying at a Conservatorium of Music. I am now happily retired on the beautiful Sunshine Coast with my husband and cat Benji, close to my lovely children and grandchildren. A perfect environment to write my books.
3) What have you written and what are you working on now?
My novel 'A View from the Mountain' was published on September 25th. I am currently writing a YA fantasy book—very different from my first work, but I want to try my hand at many different genres. I have also been working on a crime mystery novel, but I’ve put that aside for the moment.
The YA fantasy is a 'Robin Hood meets the Snow Queen' type of novel. Like many other people, I have grown up with and always loved fairy tales and fantasy books, where heroes fight for justice. I’m hoping to complete a series of three books in this fantasy world.
4) How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?
I mainly use Instagram and Twitter to connect with readers and other writers. I share parts of my life as an aspiring writer, along with inspirational quotes and previews for my latest novel. I think that so far, it's worked quite well! I think the key to marketing my books seems to be inviting readers into my 'world'; letting them see what it's like behind the scenes, so I can develop a real relationship with them. I've met so many new reader and author friends through the experience of publishing A View From The Mountain!
5) Where can readers find your book for sale?
A View From The Mountain is now available internationally, through Amazon, Kindle and BookDepository!
Here are the links for my book:
Thank you Alex for sharing this with us. Just one more day left of your book tour. I am sure there will be lots of readers out there that will enjoy your lovely book.