I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
As a child, I always enjoyed writing, but found it hard work, because, let’s face it, it is hard work. I began writing seriously as an adult when I had to produce material for a theatre company I was involved with. I wrote a few plays for children, then I realised I’d like to try writing books.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
My “first book” to be published was actually the third one I wrote. The first book I wrote hasn’t seen the light of day and probably never will! I was definitely learning my craft with that one. My second book was Ogres Don’t Dance, and it took a long time for it to find the right publisher, probably about 10 years from the time I first started writing it. By the time I’d written my third book, Undead, I had a strong feeling that it would get published, I just kind of knew. I sent the finished manuscript to an agent, she signed me, and we sent the book out to a few publishers. Luckily, quite a few publishers were interested and so it was dream-come-true time.
Could you describe literature in three words?
Entertaining. Escapism. Provocative.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I’d try anything once.
What’s your favorite book?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It’s so damn moody, spooky andnorthern, just like me.
I have an awful memory for things like this. But I always remember this from Eloise by Kay Thompson: ‘Kleenex makes a very good hat.‘
EBooks or paper print?
What inspires you?
Weird people. My husband. Walking the dog. Movies. Snow. Nature, generally.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
This is an impossible task. Can I meet my own characters? But that would be incredibly stressful. What if they don’t like me? Actually, maybe fictional characters should stay fictional.
What’s your worst nightmare?
Although I absolutely love water, I have a fear of drowning. In terms of actual nightmares, I have a recurring dream that I’m an actor in a play and I can’t remember my lines. It’s very stressful, rather than actually horrifying.
The best decision of your life was?
Marrying my husband, having my kids. Two things I never thought I’d want to do! Soppy, but true. Other than that, just always trying to march to the beat of my own drum.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
Thanks!I’m working on another YA novel – don’t want to give too much away, but it’s definitely in the same vein as Undead in that it has a very high spook factor. I’m really excited about it and hoping to finish it soon, but who knows when it will be out – watch this space!