Hello and WELCOME to the BRAND NEW book review blog, from the author of The Breathing Ghosts Series (that’s me, just for the record.) I’m intending for this blog to be filled to the gunnels with new and exciting book reviews, posts on events, conventions, exclusive author interviews, my favourite ‘Literary Character of the Month’ posts (originally found on the official blog for The Breathing Ghosts Series,) humour, fun, and much, more more.
So…who am I and why am I doing this post? Well, books and writing are my passion, and this blog will be a great outlet for my thoughts on all things bookish. When not blogging, you can usually find me writing.
As previously mentioned (ahem) I am the author of The Breathing Ghosts and The Blood Witching– two dark vampire fantasy novels aimed at young adults, and the accompanying short story collection, The Ghosts’ Feast. All are available to buy as ebooks from Amazon and Amazon.co.uk. I am currently in the process of writing a new YA Urban Fantasy novel which is very exciting, and I will posting updates on its progress here (another reason to keep reading!) I am intending the finish the third novel of The Breathing Ghosts Series after its completion.
I would very much like to think that my written work is a mix of humour, magic, myth, drama, romance, fantasy and forbidden love. (Because who doesn’t love forbidden love, right?) My work also deals with themes of sexuality, identity, bullying and gender.
I have previously written for For Books’ Sake, Mookychick.com, Vampire Review and for the Feminist Library, London. I have given readings from The Breathing Ghosts at Westminster Reference Library, London (with the poets and authors Sophia Blackwelland Roz Kaveney) the Courtauld Institute of Art Literature Society, Freedom Press Anarchist Bookshop and the Feminist Library, London (with the author Liam Livings.) (For videos of my readings, please see my YouTube page.) I have also been interviewed for Dark Gothic Resurrected ezine (Summer 2013 issue,) for Nyx Book Reviews, Fangtastic Books, Short Sharp Reads, The Bookworm Blog and True Colorz. I was a ‘featured author’ for True Colorz in 2013. (Please see my Portfolio for more details.)
Writing is my true love, and I have written ever since I was teeny-teeny-tiny. The first ‘story’ I ever wrote- when I was six years old- involved my cat becoming a superhero (and yes, wearing a very fetching Supercat costume.) When not writing, blogging or reading voraciously, I can often be found searching for obscure vinyl records from the ’60s and ’70s, as I have a massive collection of records, and it is my pride and joy.) I have cultivated a (perhaps not so mild) obsession with The Lord of the Rings and pretty much anything involving swords, sorcery and brave people on horseback. I love myths, legends and fairytales, and this has often influenced my work. My favourite go-to authors are J.R.R Tolkien (of course,) Joanne Harris and Cassandra Clare.
If you still want to know more, keep reading! I’ve included a short ‘Get to Know Me’ quiz below which hopefully you’ll find illuminating (and if not, hopefully funny.)
Get to know me! The Quiz to Rule All Quizzes:
Oranges and Lemons
Candyfloss, followed by watermelon, then bubblegum
I enjoy going to the cinema, seeing my friends, shopping for vinyl records, shopping for shoes (when I have the money!) and of course reading, writing, and hanging out with my writing group. I also- of course- love blogging.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
What is your favorite color?
My mum’s crispy roast chicken (made with actual CRISPS) is legendary. She’s a great cook 🙂
I love to make omelettes
I love both jeans and dresses 🙂
What is your favorite snack?
I have one very cute, very mischievous kitten named Wimsey, (after Dorothy L. Sayers’ detective, Lord Peter Wimsey.) He loves to chase flies and sleep in the sink.
I LOVE makeup (particularly red lipstick) but if I am really in a hurry then I can often go without it.
Parsnip chips (and they were great!)
Yes again! My handwriting is actually pretty distinctive as it’s very florid and Italic (kind of like old Victorian handwriting.) People always compliment me on it, which is very kind of them!
Were you named after anyone?
What is your favorite all-time movie?
I had a clown toy named- imaginatively- ‘Clownie,’ and then a Shaun the Sheep hot water bottle that I took everywhere (even Legoland.)
My lovely mum, though I have my Da’s Irish curly hair
What is your favorite cereal?