Ripple is the story of a dolphin who lived twenty million years ago and made a creative discovery that changed the universe. It’s marine environmental fantasy but also a love story. I think of it as the defining story of our planet, and expect that humanity as an egotistical species might be a little miffed that such an important story is not even a human story, but why would it be? Humans only just evolved quite recently on the scale of the life of our planet, whereas cetaceans have been here far longer, tens of millions of years longer. It’s about time humanity thought about some species beyond their own that might have something worthwhile to contribute and Ripple shows how that might have happened. How long does it take you to write a book? What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
It took me 2½ years to write Ripple, by the time I’d had the MS assessed twice and edited once and I’d done several drafts. I’m not a fast worker. On the first draft I tried to stick to a certain daily wordcount but on subsequent drafts word count is irrelevant since a good day’s work could result in a lower wordcount. I hit my office chair by 8 am daily and knock off about 4.30pm to go for a bike ride in the beautiful natural country environment I am fortunate to live in. Not all that time is spent on the latest story of course. I have web sites to maintain for clients and marketing to think about too now.
The ideas for my stories are sparked by something from my real world and embellished by imagination into a fiction story. It could be the slightest little odd thing that triggers an intrigued feeling, something like the ringing sound that Ripple heard when Cosmo triggered her inspiration. The dolphins I saw in my ocean sailing days, made me wonder what they did with their great intellects and that inspired the story of Ripple. As far as information goes, while writing Ripple I was constantly researching, mostly online but also in other ways to make sure I got the factual background as correct as possible.
These days, when not writing, I love cycling, both off-road and on-road. I love being outside in beautiful natural environments in all weathers and have done all my life. I’ve been a long distance runner, a triathlete, an open water swimmer, a multi-sporter, and in my teens was a horsewoman. Also did a lot of sailing when I was young, having grown up in a sailing family. My first marital home was a small yacht in which we sailed the South Pacific.