When Mother Nature chose Ashley Oakwood, she made a mistake. Now it’s time to eradicate that mistake.
From the dawn of mankind, Mother Nature has always known of humans’ destructive ways. To ensure her own survival, she created The Ferralling, a vicious and bloodthirsty breed of creature, who kept humans in check. When The Ferralling became a liability, She destroyed them, deciding to put her survival in the hands of only the most deserving humans. These chosen ones She calls The Reclaimed.
The only human to be born of the Earth, Ashley Oakwood has powers beyond that of The Reclaimed. A kind and generous young woman, who wants nothing more than to belong, Ashley watches humans from afar, until she meets James, the man of her dreams. When he rejects her, he sets in motion a chain of events that pits humans against The Reclaimed, The last of The Ferralling, and Mother Nature Herself.
Who will emerge victorious from this brutal and bloody battle?
When and where do you prefer to write?
I work full time as a dental technician during the week, so I fit my writing in during the evenings and I write a lot more over the weekends. I average 1,000 to 1,500 words on weeknights and anything up to 4,000 or 5,000 words on weekends.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
I prefer writing when the television is off, for sure, but I can zone out when needed, and if Beks is watching something of an evening, I’ll try and write through it.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
If I’m honest, I don’t think I ever will. I don’t see how two writers can co-write fiction. I have authors I admire, of course, but I really can’t think of one I would like to co-author with.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
This is easy for me. The bad one. You know what they say: bad guys have more fun. It’s so true. I’ve had so much more fun writing my villains than I ever got from writing my heroes. I think writers can go more out of control with the villains, whereas heroes are more reserved.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
My all-time favourite author, Mario Puzo. Anyone who can write The Godfather has my vote.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
At the moment in Harmony Creek, Rescuing Harmony Ranch by Jennie Marts. I am currently writing a contemporary romance set in a fictional town in Ohio called Ridgmont. The book is inspired by the song Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter, and I’ve called it Like Strawberry Wine. I’m planning on submitting it to Hallmark Publishing, so at the moment I’m reading a lot of Hallmark Publishing books. I say it’s research, but actually I love them.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
In my garden, watching movies or out with friends. To be honest, my life consists mainly of working and writing.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It’s the best feeling in the world to hold that book for the first time, to flip through the pages, read a couple of sentences and think, ‘I wrote this’. Priceless feeling.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
Each book is different, but I mostly have the title before I commit fingertip to keyboard. Titles are so important, so I don’t understand how authors write a story without a title. Songs play a big part in it, as do movies. Sometimes I fit the story around a title.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
We get given a choice of, say 2 or 3 covers, and we have to choose the most fitting one. I tend to choose covers I feel represent the content of the story. I’m not keen on generic covers, so I like to look for more unusual ones.
Thank you, Duncan Brockwell and Zooloo’s Book Tours
About the author
Duncan Brockwell is a full-time dental technician from West Sussex. Having completed his course at Lambeth College in 2018, he started writing in his spare time. An avid gardener and part-time mixologist, he loves nothing more than relaxing at home with his wife, Beks and pure white rescue cat, Milly. Since Duncan started writing in 2018, he has written thirteen novels, nine of which have been, or are in the process of being published. Unlike a lot of authors, Duncan feels he is a hobby writer, toiling away on his purple couch in front of the TV in the evenings and weekends. He wants nothing more than for readers to enjoy his various offerings, ranging from romantic comedy (under pseudonym Katie Simpkins) to hardcore blood and guts horror and everything in between (Under either DC Brockwell or Duncan Brockwell).