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Table of Contents
1. Medium biography
2. Short biography
3. My books
5. Sample interview Questions
6. Social media and contact details
Toni Pike’s main passions are writing, travelling and spending time with family and friends, and she believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day. After starting her career as a veterinary surgeon, she later taught high school and had a successful career in the public service. She now lives in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.
Pike is the author of Dead Dry Heart – a psychological thriller, and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: The Magus Covenant, The Rock of Magus, The Magus Epiphany and Holy Spear of Magus. She’s also the author of two non-fiction books. The One Way Diet is a no-nonsense guide to losing weight and coping with the journey. Happy Travels 101 is a short book of travel tips with great advice for anyone who wants to travel overseas.
Toni Pike’s main passions are writing, travelling and spending time with family and friends, and she believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day. Pike is the author of Dead Dry Heart – a psychological thriller, and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: The Magus Covenant, The Rock of Magus, The Magus Epiphany and Holy Spear of Magus.
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Sample interview Questions
Q: When did you start writing?
A: English was my favourite subject at school and I read many of the great classics when I was younger. I’ve always enjoyed writing and one great training ground was a stint as a contract writer, producing plain English guides for farmers. Writing has had be in its grip for many years, and now I call myself an authorholic.
Q: What is your favourite genre to write in?
A: I love reading mysteries and thrillers and over the last few years I’ve taken on the challenge of writing my own page-turners. My main focus is to make sure that my readers will always want to know what happens next. I’ve written a series of conspiracy thrillers and recently enjoyed writing a psychological thriller. I think that is a genre I want to keep focusing on.
Q: What are your favourite things to do?
A: I love to spend time with family and friends, take long walks every day, read and travel. Taking cruises over the last ten years has allowed me to visit places I never thought that I would see, including the Panama Canal, Petra in Jordan, the Norwegian Fjords and the Orkney Islands in Scotland.
Q: Tell us about your life
A: I grew up in Sydney and studied Veterinary Science at Sydney University. Being married to an Air Force officer meant that I moved location quite a few times. I’ve experienced life in other Australian cities and overseas, including England and the USA. I taught high school when my children were younger and later enjoyed more than a decade in the public service. Now I’m permanently settled in Canberra, the national capital, but our daughter is in Melbourne and our son is in Brisbane. For many years I’ve wanted to write a novel and now I’ve achieved that dream five times over.
Q: Do you set writing goals?
A: Writing has taken over my life in the last few years. I wrote a couple of first drafts of stories that were best left in a drawer collecting dust. But that was a great learning experience and, just like everything else, practice usually leads to some improvement. Once I decide on a writing project, I tend to stick with it until I’m finished.
Q: How do you go about the task of writing a novel?
A: My first step is to do some background research and decide on a story, then develop a very detailed plot outline and create the characters. That keeps me on course, so that when I began to write the first draft I knew exactly where I’m headed. Slowly, as one chapter after another is finished, I head towards the climax. I’m lucky to have two wonderful editors and I can’t stress how important it is have your work checked multiple times. It is amazing how you can read your own work and not see obvious errors. It’s a wonderful feeling when your book is finally published – and then begins the hard work of spreading the word about it.
Social media and contact details
Instagram: @authorlovestravel – Sharing my travel photos from around the world
Facebook: Toni Pike – Author
Twitter: @piketoni1 Toni Pike
Linkedin Toni Pike – Linkedin