Author Natasha Ewendt takes on Lychees or Peaches: Her weirdness finally explained, she’s a writer!

 

 

 

 

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!

Natasha’s books can be found at the following link:

http://www.lacunapublishing.com/index.php/authors/ewendt-natasha/this-freshest-hell

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Fantasy author Kylie Chan takes on Lychees or Peaches and promises she won’t sing to you!

 

 

 

 

Okay Kylie, hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?

 

Of course lychees. The sound of the cicadas in summer is the mark of the beginning of the lychee season and I cannot wait for it. My Chinese mother-in-law used to soak them in salt water to make them more sweet: I find this completely unnecessary.

 

If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?

 

AUTHOR IS MUCH SHORTER AND ROUNDER THAN EXPECTED

 

What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

 

Right now? ‘Hail Hydra’. It’s being memed all over the place and I’m loving it. A certain Prime Minister and Treasurer are having it added to their photos…

 

Which genre do you usually write in? And why do you think this is so?

 

Fantasy, because it isn’t fun unless there’s a strange supernatural angle to everything. Normal and everyday is so normal and everyday. And boring. Gods and demons, fate of the world, huge explosions – that’s the real fun stuff!

 

Tell me a secret about yourself that nobody in the whole world knows? Go on tell me, nobody but me is listening.

 

I don’t like sushimi. My children find me totally embarrassing when I won’t eat raw fish at the sushi place. I’ve tried many times to give it a chance (really) but there’s something about the texture that turns me off. Strangely enough I enjoy smoked salmon, which is similar. Weird, I know.

 

What was your latest book about?

 

This would be my latest release, ‘Demon Child’, which is hitting bookstores right now. It’s the penultimate volume of a very long (way too long) and epic storyline with Chinese gods and demons battling over the fate of the Earth and all humanity. After living in Hong Kong for ten years with my Chinese husband, I decided to do something completely different from the usual Tolkienesque storyline and went full-on Chinese martial arts. Fun!

 

How did you come up with the title? Did it come to fistycuffs with your editor?

 

You do know that I’m trained in martial arts, right? I love my editor far too much to do anything like that to her. The titles have been a source of exasperation for both me and Harper-Collins, as I really suck at creating them and they have to come up with something on my behalf. (The names of the first trilogy were originally One, Two, and Three.) Usually they call me asking for the title, I pick something out of the air, we have a short disagreement, I give them a few options, and they choose the least terrible or suggest something not-completely-terrible. It’s a structured, logical and well-thought-out process (who am I kidding).

 

When you daydream about singing on The Voice (I know you do) which song do you sing and if you could have any celebrity judge in the world turn for you who would it be?

 

You don’t know me at all! I would never inflict the weapon of mass destruction that is my singing voice on anyone, even my worst enemy. I’m pretty cruel but I’m not THAT cruel!

 

What do you really, really, really, love?

 

CHEESECAKE. And tech. Give me an advanced Android tablet in a waterside cafe with a long black coffee and a piece of New York baked cheesecake and I am in HEAVEN.

 

Can you show us a quick snap of your work desk? No tidy spic and span ones please. I won’t believe you.

 

 

The desktop wallpaper across my screens is a pic of the container terminal in Hong Kong at Stonecutter’s Island (google maps link here:). It looks like a futuristic sci-fi city, not like a real place at all. I used to drive across that bridge heading home from Hong Kong Island to Sha Tin after a long day helping people with their computer woes.

The space between the front of the desk and the notes minibinder is usually occupied by a large amount of Cat. I recently lost my dear Bigcat to lymphoma and just this week adopted a new kitty from the shelter, who is still settling in and yet to fully take up her role as desk ornament/writing muse so the work on book 9 ‘Black Jade’ isn’t progressing as well as could be hoped.

 

Serious stuff now: where can we purchase your latest book?

 

Everywhere! It should be everywhere. Here’s the link from the publisher’s website, with more links to all the places you can buy it online

 

Thank you for taking part in Lychees or Peaches Kylie!

 

Like to read more about Kylie Chan?

Website: www.kyliechan.com

Twitter: @kyliecchan

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Passages of Writing: The Last City by Nina D’Aleo

Book: The Last City, Nina D’Aleo. Published by Momentum, Aug 2012 E-book

Why: I’m a sucker for gorgeous writing and Nina’s writing is just that – it’s beautiful and voluptuous (in a non-sexual way) and flows like a dream with rhythm and timing.

The Last City is published by Momentum who are putting out fantastic new work. I’m only half way in but I can’t put it down. The characters are real (testament to Nina) and the story is engaging and moreish.

Blurb from the pub: An intoxicating blend of noir crime, science fiction and fantasy The Last City is Blade Runner meets Perdido Street Station.

The women for sale loitered around their territories, sizing up passers-by with eyes intent on picking flesh. The winding whistle of a gypsy busker’s flute drowned the sounds of unsavoury purchase.

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The Mocking Witch of O’Tenery Asylum had taken her in, along with the other throwaways, runaways and screeching crazies. She saw herself in her mind, waking silent as a shadow through the asylum building, the labyrinth of rooms haunted and lurking in a permanent state of semi-darkness. Low ceilings pressed lower and constricting walls crept closer until she felt as though she was sliding on her belly. Suffocating in the rancid air of rotting waste and a thousand unwashed bodies. Eyes peered at her from behind rusted bars that were now now more than grisly reminders. Scorpia’s government, the Standard, had long since abandoned the derelict building and its broken wards. Now only their minds kept them prisoner, and Ev’r knew the truth better than anyone: there was no escaping yourself, no matter how far or fast you run.

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