A dark compelling story of love and its more sinister elements…possession.
In the aftermath of a blood transfusion that saved her life, Kara feels different. Her senses are stronger … she can hear whispered comments not meant for her ears … she can hear the person following her.
When Jack, her stalker, reveals himself and insists that Kara has something that belongs to him, she does her best to avoid him. But he’s determined to talk to her, convinced that they’re linked through the blood she received during her transfusion.
1. Can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a creative writer and community arts facilitator. I live in Northern Ireland. My job is interlinked with my art form which is brilliant. I use Arts, especially creative writing as a workshop tool to bring people together, to tackle issues around bullying, racism, inclusion, acceptance. It’s a brilliant way to meet people, hear new stories, gather inspiration for my writing and it brings literature to groups who might not have had that type of opportunity before.
I have two cats who sit around all day and then at night time run up and down the stairs and bounce on my head.
I love tea and tea cosies.
2. What made you decide to go into writing?
I have been a writer as long as I can remember. In school I won a prize when I was seven for a short story I had written. I was terrified at the prospect of having other people read my writing, so for a while I confined my stories to my own personal copy books, so no one else could see.
Then as I began to appreciate other forms of writing, I joined the library and read practically every book – I realised that I LOVED it so much, there was never an option but to write.
I didn’t go into writing to be a writer, I started to write because I had to and my projects evolved from there. Now, it is like second nature to me.
3. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
That is a really tough question. I think I would like to see someone who is ‘ordinary’ in ordinary circumstances, but Kara has a real core of iron and when it comes to it, she steps up to the mark becoming extraordinary in tough circumstances. Someone like Emma Stone or Julianne Hough would be cool.
4. What’s your favorite food? Inquiring minds want to know!
I’m a vegan so it is tough eating out but I have to say my favourite food (is dessert a food? is that allowed?) is sweet potato chocolate brownies…sounds gross but oh so creamy and chocolatey!
5. What are you currently working on?
I’ve just actually finished the second book in the series for Blood Entwines and another stand alone novel about two girls from different centuries who swap places. The book is about preconceptions and feminism in a way. How to hold your own in a foreign world…which it would be if you swapped the 21st century for the 18th.
6. What is your favorite book and why?
I can’t answer that because it depends on your frame of mind, what colour socks you wearing, the positioning of the sun in the sky, the season…books for me are an integral part of my life..that’s like choosing your favourite digit (and I mean finger or thumb, not number). But I can tell you at the moment I am reading Sarah J. Maas books and loving them.
7. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I think I would have wanted to write Jane Eyre, at the time for a woman to have written such a book about morals, love, female strength… and the book survived, it is still a treasured classic. There is something in it, some deep rooted story, message, learning that has stood the test of time. That is a pretty big deal to have such an impact as your legacy.
8. Where do you usually find your inspirations for writing?
It comes up and slaps you in the face at the most inopportune time. I was visiting my parents recently and my mum was showing me the new plants for the garden and she showed me one plant and told me the common name and I thought, wow…that would be a great name for a character…and it is and did…the name is in my new book as one of the main characters…so around a simple garden plant I crafted a whole novel. Inspiration can come at the strangest of times.
9. Any tips on how to get through writer’s block?
Sit on your bum next to a wall, then put your feet up along the wall so you are lying with your legs raised at a 90 degree angle to your body. Just chill. That usually works for me 🙂
10. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up. Read. Read. Read.
Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.