How much of the book is realistic?
I have tried to make the locations in the book as geographically correct as possible, using actual suburbs, towns, mountain ranges etc. and exacting time and travel to make the settings more real. That said all the locations in my book are fictitious, from St Volaras and the lookout, to the club in Anchorage and of course the Armaya. As for characters, I will admit there are aspects to Amelia’s personality that are lent from myself, though she’s much tougher than me. She more like my secret alter ego. The other characters developed from my own personal experiences, becoming who I needed them to be for Amelia and the story.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?
The plot is riddled with my life experiences and the lessons I have learned and am still learning. Past relationships—family, romantic and friend—lend richness to the themes in my book, though there’s no actual person who’s been recreated into a character.
How important do you think villains are in a story?
I think every story needs a compelling villain, not a cookie-cutter token bad-buy, but a flawed person who in their mind has a reason for the heinous acts he or she will commit. With that said, a story villain is not the only conflict your character(s) can have. Characters can want different things to each other, switch sides, cause turmoil when they think they’re helping, and even battle through personal obstacles.
What are your goals as a writer?
My goals as a writer is first to finished the Blood Bound Series and have all books available in eBook and print versions. I hope to create a fan base and connect with new and aspiring writers who want to self-publish. Beyond the series my goal is to write and publish my psychological thriller stand-alone, then continue with Paranormal and Urban Fantasy books with new and intriguing characters and story plots. I also plan to write an Adult Paranormal Romance series at some stage. Honestly, as long as people continue to enjoy reading what I’ve written I’ll keep writing and publishing.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I would love to travel in the future for my books, seeing new amazing places and cultures. Right now though I take from the travel I’ve already experienced…and capture glimpses of new places from the Internet and Google Earth. That said there’s nothing like seeing a country or culture in the flesh with your own eyes.