I’m an English author based in the UK and have two YA book series out through the publishers, Evernight Teen. I started my writing career in the short story market and gained over 30 publishing credits before I sold my first novel. I write horrors, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but do enjoy a good genre mash-up so tend to be open about what I write. As long as it has a sharp, dark edge to it, I’m a happy author!
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. I've never been short of inspiration, just time to execute my dark thoughts. I have a brimming ideas folder on my computer, which I keep adding to. Sometimes I'll just hear a snippet of a conversation, my dark sticky mind then grabs onto it and rolls it round and round till it becomes something terrifying – I then have to exorcise it onto the page.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a bit of an odd process; I tend to write the scenes I'm most passionate about first and then go back over the plot to fill in the gaps. It's a bit unconventional, but I find that once I've written all the exciting scenes the story itself starts to evolve and so the weaker ones become more coherent to the overall story and I'm more committed to not wasting what I've already written and so I know I'll finish the book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I sometimes can't make them do what I want. Britannia from my Battle of the Undead series is a good example of this. She developed into quite a stubborn character with a very definitive set of values, so I had to change my story in places to ensure she didn't go against them. I'd love to sit down and have a proper chat with her and ask her to be more malleable, but I have a horrible feeling with what I've put her through, that I probably wouldn't make it out alive!
Who are your favorite authors?
So many authors! And they change depending on my mood. For horror, I read Poppy Z Brite or Richard Laymon. For Paranormal Romance I read Kresley Cole and Christine Feehan. For Urban Fantasy it's Keri Arthur and Patricia Briggs. For YA it's Kiera Cass and Cassandra Clare. And for when I'm feeling very brave, I read any paranormal non-fiction book from the publishers, Llewellyn.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always knew I wanted to go traditional. I've nothing against self-publishing, but I wanted to know my work was reader-worthy, to get past a gatekeeper and to have the backing of a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I feel it will be eerily similar to what's going on now. It wasn't that long ago that doomsayers declared print dead and that the eBook would swallow the industry whole. That apparently hasn't happened. I think there's plenty of room for readers to have both print and digital in their lives.
What genres do you write?
YA, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?