Hey everyone^^ Thank you so much for having me here RJ. I’ve been taking a bit of a break from writing due to burn out, so I thought I’d talk about an older story of mine today as it makes me happy and it’s one readers still connect with and talk to me about 😊
What was your inspiration for Foxes?
Sometimes I write fluffy romance but the stories I am most drawn to tend to be angstier, and I like my characters to really work for their happy ending. With Foxes, I knew I wanted to write something angsty like This is Not a Love Story (my first book, which I loved writing-though it is quite a painful story), but this time I wanted to write something gentler which had a little more sweetness too. And the way Danny falls for Micky is all sweetness, but because of his scars he won’t let himself even consider Micky might feel the same way.
Danny was my inspiration for the story really—his kindness, the way he sees the good in people and how he changes the lives of the people around him without even realising, inspired me. I started writing and he kind of took over. Well, Danny and the abandoned swimming pool he lives in… You see, when I lived in London, I used to swim at an open-air pool called Tooting Bec Lido. A few years later I read about it being abandoned. This fact was probably the first tiny seed of Foxes. Tooting Bec Lido is no longer abandoned but in its fictional sense it is where Danny lives.
What other books have you written in the series?
Sometimes There’s Stars and This is Not a Love Story are part of the same world as Foxes. Micky from Foxes makes a brief appearance in Sometimes There’s Stars, and Roxy from This is Not a Love Story is in the tentative sequel I have for Foxes.
Who is your favourite character to write?
Dual POV gives a great perspective of both character’s motives, but I really enjoy getting to know a character through another character’s eyes, especially as they’re falling in love. Writing Micky through Danny’s eyes was my favourite <3
Quick fire Questions
Favourite movie: Hot Fuzz
Favourite book: I’ll go with current favourite as all time favourite is too hard! It’s poetry, but kind of narrative: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Ideal Snack: A juicy peach LOL
Tea/Coffee: Tea all the way.
Danny finds interaction difficult and must keep his world small in order to survive. By day he lives in an abandoned swimming pool and fixes electrical devices to trade for supplies, but by night, alone, he hunts sharks—a reckless search for the dangerous men who prey on the vulnerable. A search for his best friend’s killer.
A chance meeting with an American boy selling himself on the streets throws Danny’s lonely existence into disarray. Micky is troubled, fragile, and Danny feels a desperate need to protect him. Though from what, he doesn't know. As Danny discovers more about Micky, he realises that what Micky needs saving from is the one thing Danny has no idea how to fight.
To save Micky, Danny must risk expanding his world and face something that scares him more than any shark ever could: trusting he will be accepted for who he is. If a freezing winter on the streets, a sadistic doctor, and three thousand miles don't tear them apart first, that is.
For a chance to win a copy of Foxes (or any of my backlist) on a scale of 1-10 how angsty do you like your romance? 0= absolutely no angst, fluffy hugs all the way 10= Break my heart into itty bitty pieces.