I am notorious for having a great idea and then abandoning the story when I get stuck. I knew I really wanted to see if I could finish a whole book and after sifting through everything I had nothing sparked at that time. I started thinking about Jazz and her love for colours and how it would be cool to write a book with colour psychology—or variations of it. More details of Jazz and the rest of her story came to me from there and I knew I wanted another element rather than just straight romance which is where Stella came in.
Who would play Jazz in a movie?
Leighton Meester, with some highlights in her hair.
Did you write with specific people or stars in mind?
Not at all, I had pictures in my head of how my characters look but I didn’t think of anyone specific. I do have specific people in mind for the third instalment in the All The Colours series.
What happens to Jazz and Jack?
If you read All The Darkness you will see them again! Life is pretty blissful for them; all wrapped up in their cozy domesticated cocoon, though Kelly still haunts Jazz.
Will you be writing another one following Jazz?
I think I am done writing about Jazz. Not unless something traumatic is going to happen to her and I’m not sure I want to do that!
Will you write Stella’s story?
It’s a possibility; there are definitely some loose ends there.
What is your writing process?
I don’t really have one, it varies depending on my mood. When I have a WIP, I try to write something every day whether that is 500 words or 2000+. I like to try and do 1000 per day at least when I have something current, but if I force it my words come out crap.
I love the rewriting stage more than anything else.
Who do you read?
I love Amy Harmon for romance, Anya Allyn for creepy/horror and JD Nixon for humour. I also love Tarryn Fisher’s twisted mind. I prefer indie authors for sure. The genres I enjoy are romance, horror and post-apocalyptic mainly.
What was your favourite part of all the colours to write?
Probably the ending. I am a sucker for a happy ending.
Jazz moves to Perth which is where you now live. Is there any similarities between yourself and Jazz?
My best friend thought the whole time I was Jazz and she was Kelly. She kept sending me text message updates while she was reading the paperback I mailed over for her, saying things like, “I’m heading to bed now to find out what’s going on with you and Jack.” So I guess if you’d ask people who know me they might think I am similar to Jazz. I definitely wasn’t like her at 18 I don’t think. Jazz is a pretty serious character, she does dabble in the party scene with Blake but that is mostly because she is lost. I was very different to that at her age. Human connection is very important to Jazz and she prefers it to be real, not anything on the surface or fake, in that sense we are similar.
When you started writing the book did you already have the ending planned? It was a good twist to have Jazz's best friend involved in Stella’s murder.
Not at all! I just went with it.
Even though it’s not written, in your mind what did you see happening with Jazz and Stella’s mum?
I hope she gets the help she needs and moves forward with her life in a positive way, she realises what a mess she is and how she sucked as a Mum. Unfortunately though, I think she is too far gone.
Where did you discover the concept of colours? It’s such an interesting yet effective concept.
The colours in this book are metaphors for emotions. I’ve read books with cool themes before and I really loved reading them. I wanted to do something a little different to your average girl meets boy and it developed from there. I did a lot of colour psychology research which I found absolutely fascinating. I know a few readers haven’t necessarily ‘gotten’ the colour aspect of the book or thought the colours were wrong for the given situation but that is the beauty of colours a lot of the time, it’s subjective, just like our emotions what we feel isn’t wrong even if it’s different to someone else.
How many books do you plan to write in the series?
Four all up.
All The Colours
All The Darkness
All The Games
All The Scars
What happened to Nate?
Read All The Darkness :-)
Who was your favourite character?
I loved them all for their different personalities, though obviously no-one was really going to fall in love with Olivia. I love how uncomplicated Jack is; I love how Jazz tries to soldier on despite all the unknowns. I love how quirky Cordy is and how soft Blake is even though he pretends not to be. I love Beck for her outgoing nature and generous nature. Oscar, well I didn’t love him but he did have a part to play.
What was your favourite scene or passage?
“Don’t let bitterness in, it will do more damage than a broken heart ever could.”
What was Marcel’s deal?
I may need to do a novella down the track to answer all the unanswered.
Thank you for all the questions and for all of the support. I am thrilled so many of you have enjoyed All The Colours.
I wish you all a happy reading year!