Saturday, 12 May 2012

I need some questions!

Next Friday, on our Heroines with Hearts blog, we are doing something a little bit different. We usually have a Friday Friend i.e. a guest blogger (and if you would like a guest spot at some time, please let me know!)

Next week, however, I am going to be the 'Friday Friend' so I need some questions to answer! If you would like to ask me something (just one question is all I need!), please send it to me as a comment here.

It can be about any aspect of my writing/books. Maybe this blurb from 'Changing the Future' (which will be released next week) will give you a idea for a question!

Lisa Marshall is stunned when celebrated volcanologist Paul Hamilton comes back into her life at the college where she now teaches. Despite their acrimonious break-up several years earlier, they soon realise the magnetic attraction between them is stronger than ever. However, the past is still part of the present, not least when Paul discovers Lisa has a young son. They can’t change that past, but will it take a volcanic eruption to help them change the future?

Or, if you would like to know more about me, pop into my website at

Look forward to receiving a question from you!

Many thanks! 


  1. Here's mine, Paula. So, what would make him doubt the boy is his?

  2. BTW. I'd love to be on Heroines or your blog sometime, please, and can return the favour.

  3. My first question would be:

    Is Lisa's son Paul's?

    Is Lisa presently in a relationship with someone that is the child's father and if so what future can Lisa and Paul have without affecting the lives of the people that she presently has a life with?

  4. Will there be a preque to explain how they got together originally? Carol - DIZZYC

  5. Hi Paula, I'd like to ask a more general question about you. I read in an earlier piece that you wrote in the 60s & 70s and then taught for 25 years, before resuming the writing. It's those 25 years I'm interested in. Were you frustrated during those yearsW? Was your head full of stories trying to get out, or were you able to switch focus (and back again) easily? Gilli x

  6. When you're working on a new book, do you outline ahead of time, or write as you go along?

  7. Mine is: Where do you get your inspiration from?

  8. hi paula. i would like to know how you got started, once you completed your first story... to have a book published... how did you know who to contact... how'd you get your foot in the door, in the world of published books... ??

  9. Paula, this is more than one question but all related. Where is the setting of this story? Did the plot involving volcanoes require a lot of research? Are you setting us up with the foreshadowing that the heroine's son may belong to the hero or jusst being upfront about it from the get-go? Now I HAVE to read the story and find the answers!

  10. Paula, you already know that I love your writing. You already know that I am a personal fan, as well. So my obvious question is the book is finished, well, you think it is. How do you begin to 'shop' your work? Is an agent necessary? Is there a way to get a publisher to WANT your book?
    And then, do you write to the publishers requests or do you write and then find a publisher that publishes your style and subject?

  11. Thank you all so much for your questions - some of these have really made me think!
    My answers will be on the Heroines with Hearts blog next Friday!

  12. Which part of the writing process do you find most difficult? Which do you find the easiest?

    Advice for some of us still putting our first work together?

    Cheers, Jenn.