My publishing journey has all happened very quickly. I have always written stories and began working on SHATTERED years ago while I was in university. I suppose I got caught up in all the regular things like work and paying the bills etc. and then I fell ill. I found myself without a job and took the opportunity to work on the old manuscript. I noticed that DarkFuse were accepting submissions so I sent it through. A few months later it was accepted. I was overjoyed to say the least. The novella editor Dave Thomas worked with me on the manuscript and before I knew it launch day happened. It has been an exciting time.
What do you love about being an author?
I love that I have the privilege to share stories. It’s all about the writing for me. I’m compelled to do it and happily I get to do what I love.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
Ooh, there are so many! Perhaps Hannibal Lecter and we could discuss red wines? That might be a bit risky. I think an evening with James Bond might be interesting. We’d eat a traditional roast dinner paired with Vesper cocktails and chat about fast cars.
If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
I think my main character Stacey Sheldon could be portrayed by an actress like Jennifer Lawrence. Her boyfriend Liam could be played by an actor such as Aaron Paul.
Nothing scares me more than the things people do to each other. Human beings are frightening. Our capacity for cruelty and violence is horrifying.
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?
Hmmm…that’s a tough one. I’d probably like to go back to medieval Ireland. A supply of Poitín, some writing paper and a quiet cottage somewhere in the mountains. That’d be nice.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
You can’t always stop bad things from happening, but you can control how you cope if they do.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
Easy! Vampire. I would love to be immortal.
Where do you write best?
I should say in my office at my writing desk but really it’s on the sofa with the TV blaring in the background.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi. It was brilliant. Harrowing and haunting. I would recommend it.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
Through working on other projects I’m starting to discover that I’m quite into genre bending. I like crime thrillers and historical novels. I always say I’d quite like to be Jessica Fletcher when I grow up so there’d be murders in there one way or another.
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