Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Angela Nurse - 10 books that shaped me

I've had the huge honour of interviewing Angela a couple of times on here. First she told me about her way of planning a book; and at the start of June, I interviewed her about her book "Jack in a Box". Well, I'm delighted to have Angela back, and this time, I asked her: "Tell me the 10 books that have shaped your life."

Here are her 10 books. Enjoy! It's a great read.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (ladybird edition)
It’s not the story that’s important to me with this one, it’s the storytelling or rather the storyteller. When I was very small my dad was not often home at bedtime (work commitments) and when he was, we would both delight in his telling of this classic. I remember the tension building with the ‘trip trap’ on the bridge and my mum telling him off for getting me too worked up right before bedtime. Story telling feels like it’s part of who I am, and I think that’s why this book had such an impact.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Another childhood classic. I identified with Mildred Hubble; I was a clumsy, messy kid who had a habit of getting things a bit mixed up. I also wanted more than anything to be a witch myself, to make magic potions and cast spells and was always on the lookout for my very own pair of hobnailed boots. The Worst Witch taught me that you didn’t have to be perfect to be the Main Character.

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Interview with Janna Ruth

I'm delighted to be able to share my interview with Janna Ruth with you this week. Janna is the author of The Spirit Seekers urban fantasy series, the first book of which - A Force of Nature - has just been released. I caught up with Janna recently to grill her.

Tell me more about your book?

All she ever wanted was to live in peace with the spirits. Now, the storm king is out for her blood.

My new Urban Fantasy Series “Spirit Seeker” is working on the premise that all natural disasters and extreme weather events have been caused by nature spirits. The story follows Rika, who is one of the few people in the world who can see the otherwise invisible spirits. After having lived on the streets for eight years, she is taken in by the Spirit Seekers, elite soldiers in the war against nature. To survive, she’ll have to learn their ways, but Rika isn’t quite so sure whether she wants to become a spirit seeker, because not only can she see spirits, she might’ve befriended one or two.

The series takes place in Europe, showcasing a different European capital in each novel and featuring a different kind of spirit. It’s a series for everyone that loves action-packed stories with found family, conflicting loyalties and a slow-burn romance (so slow the love interest only appears once in book 1 😉).

What prompted you to write it?

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

BUSY! But a good busy...

Lots of writing... nothing new there, though I appear to be juggling three projects (again)

A secret squirrel project that I'm super excited about (which involves a garden parasol and a blanket...)

Two lots of family visiting... looking forward to catching up with people!


Exciting times!


Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Price Drop!


Aegyir Rises, the first book in the Guardians of The Realm series is on sale. Just 99c in the US/99p in the UK.

Don't miss out! Grab your copy now.

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She just wants a normal life. When an ancient demon seeks revenge, can she stop him before he slaughters everyone she loves?

Reagan is on the brink of her life finally coming together. Safe and loved, and living with her long-term partner, she’s looking forward to landing her dream job.

But then, all around her, people start dying.

Soon, she finds herself battling an ancient demon while fighting to keep hold of her sanity. Are the nightmares she’s having actually memories? And why does she keep finding strange objects inside her house?

Reagan needs to figure out who she really is in order to stop Aegyir destroying everyone she loves.


Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Interview with Rowena Rede

This week on the blog I'm delighted to feature Rowena Rede, author of Origin Story. The second instalment of the series - Backstory - is out soon. Rowena, welcome!!

Tell me more about your book?
Origin Story is about an elite duo of secret agents who wind up down on their luck and take on an unusual job, thrusting them into the dangerous and previously unknown to them world of the supernatural.

What prompted you to write it?
The idea for Origin Story came after I co-wrote a short story. The character I created, Park Thatcher, was so well received that I decided to write an “Origin Story” for him as well as introduce him into a new environment separate from the world in which he first appears.

What are you working on at the moment? Are there already plans for the next book after this one?
I’m working on the sequel to Origin Story and hope to have it out in the world by the end of Summer 2021. 

I’m also working on an urban fantasy serial for Kindle Vella titled, Kat’s Calling. It’s about a demon with a moral compass and a reluctant warrior angel teaming up to stop a heinous act.

When did you first start writing? And what made you start?
I’ve always felt a need to write. Even as a kid. I would write fanfiction for cartoons that I was obsessed with and bands that I loved. I didn’t start professionally until three years ago with a short story that I was invited to co-write. After that I just kept at it. Now I’m in the thick of it and loving it.

What was the first full-length novel you ever wrote? (I realise this may not be the same as the first book you have had published!)
Origin Story, but it’s definitely on the short side.

Which is your favourite secondary character in your book, and why is it your favourite?
I have three main characters so that’s a hard choice! My audience seems to like the morally grey vampire called Merle.

Where is your ideal writing space?
Somewhere cosy and quiet with lots of cold beverages. I recently turned a very tiny coat closet into a small writing space so I could shut the door and drown out the loud noises that accompany a household full of children and animals.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? (not necessarily writing-related!)
I take a lot of inspiration from this quote, especially when I’m doubting myself or my writing- “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” – Dolly Parton

And now for some more random questions... 

What’s your radio tuned to most often?
Soft Pop Hits from the early 2000s or Indie/Folk

You’re stranded on an island. You can choose one of the following three things. Which do you choose and why?
1. Limitless supply of paper and pens.
2. A computer which will never run out of battery and which can access the internet, but you can’t post anything/get help via it, only read what others have put up.
3. An endless supply of loo roll.

Option 1. I’ll keep myself entertained, and I could substitute the paper for loo roll so 2 birds, 1 stone and all that.

You can only wear one of the following colours for the rest of your life. Which colour do you choose?
Yellow. Orange. Green. White. Pink.

Green. I like darker colors and green is flattering for me haha.

Cats or dogs?
Cats 

City or country?
Country 

Real book or e-book?
I’m a hybrid reader. I enjoy both and if I really love a book I’ll buy a physical copy as well as an e-copy.

Fountain pen or biro?
Biro. I find that the really cheap packets have the best ones. They just glide so smoothly and don’t smudge. I’m prone to messes so they’re just practical for me really. 

Thanks very much for letting me bombard you with questions!

Check out Origin Story now!


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