Foto: Sarah Ruthven
I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
It’s my pleasure!
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I was always reading, always. Sometimes I even daydreamed about writing stories of my own, but never had the courage to start. Then I read a horror novel that for some reason got under my skin, and I began to wonder. „Could I do that?“ So I put pen to paper and found I loved it. I devoured all the how-to books I could find, and wrote countless short stories. My stories were all terrible but I kept going, determined to hone my skills. Eventually I wrote a novel and found I loved the longer process even more. I started approaching literary agents, and luckily found a brilliant one. But it wasn’t until many years later that I finally got my much-dreamed-about publishing deal.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
Yeah, it took a long time. Lucky for me, my wonderful agent never gave up. She encouraged me to keep honing my writing skills, and eventually my hard work paid off.
Could you describe literature in three words?
Discovering other realities.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
As a teenager I loved the novels of Thomas Hardy, but would never read his book „Jude the Obscure“. I’d seen the tragically beautiful film it inspired and found the story just too impossibly sad. But having said that – it’s such a classic and powerful book that I might just have to eat my words and go and find a copy now!
What’s your favorite book?
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte.
„The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.“ Joseph Campbell.
EBooks or paper print?
What inspires you?
Walking my dogs in the forest, sitting by the river, or just lazing under a tree watching clouds soar past – being in nature always frees my mind. It’s the best time to untangle my knotty plot problems or dream up a good story idea.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
Papillon, from the book of the same name by Henri Charriere.
This book has always been a huge favourite of mine. I read it as a teenager and Papillon’s adventures made a lasting impression on me. I would love to meet Henri (it’s a true story so the author is the character Papillon) as he’s a superb storyteller and would be fascinating company. He experienced humanity at its darkest, yet his book leaves you with a feeling of profound hope.
What’s your worst nightmare?
Deadline fast approaching and my book not finished! *shudder*
The best decision of your life was?
To become a writer.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
Thank you! My new novel gravitates around a beautiful old mansion in the country whose attic is hiding a shocking secret. I’m totally immersed in this story and utterly loving my characters and the mystery they’re desperately trying to solve. It’s a bit spooky, a bit sexy, and of course at the centre of the mayhem is a huge gothic fairytale house. It should be out late this year, or early next. Stay tuned! 😁