I'm starting with Kirsty Ferguson.
Kirsty loves all things horror and in November, she released her first novel Little Girl Dead which is a murder mystery. She was kind enough to answer some questions recently.
What was the inspiration behind Little Girl Dead?
I initially thought Little Girl Dead was going to be a short story. I left it for a while then came back to it and finished it off. I think I had writer’s block in between the two halves.
Your title is quite shocking. How’d you come up with it? It certainly captures the eye!
I tend to write titles that are eye catching—they draw you in, make you want to read the blurb. It’s actually from a line in the book.
What is next? Please tell us there is a second book.
Yes I have the next book in the series—Little Girl Revenge—coming out in April 2016. I’m so excited about it.
When did you begin writing?
I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t write. I’ve always done it and will continue to do it.
Do you have any writing rituals or routines?
This is going to sound weird, but when I write or edit, I pick one song, or one album and just play it on repeat until I’ve finished. I also like to write with water and popcorn beside me.
Do you have any writing influences; places, other writers?
Definitely Stephen King and Dean Koontz. They shaped the direction that I wrote in. While Little Girl Dead is a mystery murder, my first love will always be horror. I have also been influenced by Australian author Karly Lane, I enjoy reading books that are set in rural Australia.
What are you publishing and/or writing goals for 2016?
Well I’m releasing Little Girl Revenge in April and the third book that I’m doing is called Severed Heart, so that will be released in 2016 as well.
Are you working on anything now?
Yes, I’m working on a paranormal book called Mayday which begins in 1859 in Mayday Hills and crosses over into 2016 where a series of unnerving events take place. I’m loving it!
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Writer’s block is terrible. When I have it, I do research instead and usually that sparks a line which turns into a paragraph which turns into a chapter, and so on. The best thing you can do is be patient.
If you could live any part of your life again, what would you change and why?
I’m not sure I would change anything. Everything that I’ve experienced and lived through had contributed to who I am today.
Tell us something about yourself we might now already know.
I’m scared of garden gnomes.
Advice for aspiring authors?
Be patient, you’ll get there. That and make a plan for your books. You can’t get to your destination without a map.
Let’s play This or That
Cake or ice-cream Cake
Winter or Summer Summer
Beach or Forest? Forest
Airplane or Car Car
Paperback or eBook? Paperback
Cat or Dog? Can't decide, I’ve had both and loved them!
Country or city? Country
Coffee or tea? Tea – chai lattes mmm
Late nights or early mornings? Early mornings
Small talk or deep and meaningful? Deep and meaningful
Check out Kirsty's website: http://www.authorkirstyferguson.com/
You can also follow Kirsty on Facebook and Twitter
Little Girl Dead is available in paperback or online on Amazon as well as other major retailers.
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