Okay Natasha! Hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?
Peaches. Usually I’d go for the weird option, but I was spoiled by home-grown peaches growing up and they are pretty awesome. I also have fond crazy teenage memories of the Presidents of the USA song, so yep, peaches win.
If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?
Weirdness explained at last: she’s a writer.
What is your favourite line from a book or movie?
Toughie! So many great quotes to choose from. I’d have to go with Oscar Wilde’s “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Which genre do you usually write in? And why do you think this is so?
I’m what’s called a slipstream writer. I write in a few genres and I don’t limit myself. My first book is a dark fantasy/horror novel, and I have a few more books planned for that series so I’ll be in the horror world for a while, but I’m also working on a ‘doomed romance’, and I have some murder mysteries and other types of books and novellas up my sleeve – the bones are there waiting to be built on when I have the time. As for why, that’s a good question. I’ve always been more interested at looking beneath the layers of life rather than the surface – I’m intrigued by the unseen, so perhaps that’s why I write dark fiction, as a way of exploring the shadows.
Tell me a secret about yourself that nobody in the whole world knows? Go on tell me, nobody but me is listening.
I have a chronic addiction to Yoghurt Shop yoghurt …
What is your latest book about?
My book, This Freshest Hell, is about two troubled best friends and their journey through a disenchanted life. In teenage despair they invoke a dark spell, and ten years later the bloody consequences come to bear when they’re dragged into the vampire world and find themselves fighting for their lives – and taking some along the way. Those who don’t like horror shouldn’t be put off – it’s more of a drama, an exploration of the search for the meaning of life than a horror or vampire novel, and if you enjoy wry humour and dark takes on life, you might like it.
How did you come up with the title? Did it come to fistycuffs with your editor?
I had a few ideas but liked my editor’s suggestion of This Freshest Hell as a play on a quote by the legendary Dorothy Parker. I liked it as 1) I can relate to Dottie’s cynical outlook and 2) I can also relate to the story behind the quote. When she was interrupted by a phone call while writing, she exclaimed “What fresh hell can this be?” She went on to use it in place of “hello” when answering the phone or the doorbell. It has gone on to be widely quoted, usually as “What fresh hell is this?”. The most recent I’ve seen being Madam Delphine (or Madame Delphine’s head) in American Horror Story: Coven. My editor came up with This Freshest Hell as the main character Lily seems to go from “one fresh hell” to the next in her life.
When you daydream about singing on The Voice (I know you do) what song do you sing and if you could have any celebrity judge in the world turn for you who would it be?
Oooh another great question. Well, since the INXS TV specials I’ve had them on heavy rotation in my car, so it would probably be either Don’t Change or Mystify. As for the judge, hmm … maybe Gerard Way or Billy Corgan.
What do you really, really, really, love?
Yoghurt! And fluffy socks. And various other odd things!
Can you show us a quick snap of your work desk? No tidy spic and span ones please. I won’t believe you.
I like to sit on my couch and look at the sea view while I write. The perks of living in a seaside town!
Thank you for taking on Lychees or Peaches, Natasha!
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