She runs from a terrifying past, to a village with problems of its own
Exhausted, desperately seeking sanctuary, Emma arrives at the pretty English village of Flammark.
But she cannot rest. A strange sleeping sickness stalks the village and a young woman has disappeared.
Why won’t the police investigate?
As events unfold, Emma becomes embattled yet again, compelled to fight for her life against a deadly curse linked to a past about which she had no knowledge.
She is the only one able to vanquish the evil but doing so will entail confronting an horrific and all-too-familiar enemy.
The question is, will she be strong enough?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I have an L-shaped living room. I’ve set up shop in a large alcove from where I do everything. I even run a small jewellery making business from there too! My desk is an old pine counter I saved from when I closed my bookshop. You can get a taste of what it looks like from this picture which also shows me being wrangled by my staffie/cross/monster Mojo (otherwise known as The Mojinator).
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I write mostly in the mornings – all morning, but if the words are flowing well, then I’ll go into the afternoon. The work takes priority over everything else and I’ve sometimes been known not to tidy the house or do all the other things that need doing. Then one morning, I’ll come in and realise what a state’s everything in then will do the bare necessities before getting back to it.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I like to eat my breakfast while I’m typing, lol. Makes for a very crumby keyboard, but it means I can get straight to it without getting distracted by what’s on my phone. I have enormous coffee cups and like to choose one to suit my mood. Only one cup, though, or I’d have to keep running to the loo, lol!
– What is your favourite book?
My desert-island book would be The Complete Works of Jane Austen. Bit of a cheat, having all her books in one, but I love her wit, ingenuity and crafts(woman)ship of her work. Sadly she never wrote a supernatural thriller.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
It turns out that a romance has begun to develop in When Angels Fear. It hadn’t been planned, it just happened. I have had readers contact me asking if it’s going to continue into the next books and can report that, yes, it will. So since I already have a toe in that water, I might go a bit deeper and write a series of romances. It’s a very competitive genre – there’re lots of novels out there, but it’s also a very successful genre, so might well give it a go.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I want to say no, but I think it’s probably inevitable that I’ve picked up some character qualities and personality quirks from friends and family. One reader saw my youngest daughter post something on my FB timeline and said he could see her influence on my New Age character, Abigail. I had no clue, but once I read his comment, I could see it too!
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Not quite – use my mobile phone to take evocative pictures and use the Colornote app to jot things down. I had a problem visualising the church in Angels. I was driving out and about one day when I saw a bell-tower in the distance that perfectly fitted my concept of the novel’s village church, St. Jude’s. Had to make a five mile detour to get a picture of it.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m not keen on splatter-horror; horror for it’s own sake. That said, things get very grim at the end of Angels, which tips the entire book into the edges of that genre. But I don’t think it’s gratuitous, just full of threat. I won’t read fiction books about war, though I do enjoy reading non-fiction on the subject. War changes societies like nothing else, so I find it interesting from that point of view.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
My husband. He also writes supernatural thrillers and likes to go very dark. I’d love to collaborate with him, but I’d probably kill him before we got to the end. Oh, and then write about it, lol.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Rome. I’m massively into ecclesiastical fiction. The Flammark Series – Where Angels Fear is Book One – has my main character, Emma, bobbing in and out of various church libraries. One of the plotlines in the second in series, Animus, is centred around a particularly nasty cleric. A pattern is forming and I’d love to do a Dan Brown thing and visit the Vatican.
Thank you so much for letting me answer your questions. Happy reading!
Thank you, Polly Mordant and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the Author
I’ve been writing blogs and stories off and on for years, but quite new to writing novels. My background is in teaching – I ran my own English and Drama departments in three inner city schools – then became the owner of a radical bookshop. Now I write full time.
I love supernatural storytelling, since it allows the inclusion of real human issues within my writing. Let’s face it, who hasn’t been touched by evil in their lives at one time or another? “When Angels Fear”, my first novel, deals with domestic violence and how Emma – the main character – overcomes her shattered confidence to prevail over the evil which oppresses her.
It’s important to me that my characters are both real and relatable. I’m a total fan of Joss Whedon and Stephen King and love the way they create ensembles of characters that live on in the mind long after they’ve been watched or read. Humour is important to me to – I hope readers of my fiction will get that. The last thing I want to offer is a dry read!
I adore my garden, my animals and my husband – probably in that order, lol. Other obsessions include Scrabble. Total addict. It’s why I sleep so badly. I’m glued to the Scrabble app until the early hours!
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