Date of Publication: 13th October 2015
Number of pages: 60 pages
Word Count: 25,000 (Novella)
Cover Artist: Atrtink
Carla Bracken knew she needed a change, a new start. Moving to Moorelands Close was supposed to be the beginning of something bigger and better, so when things start to take a sinister turn in her new home, she tries to explain it away.
However, she cannot ignore the mounting horror she experiences behind closed doors. What is the dark history behind her new home, and can she stop the unfolding terror in its tracks before it's too late?
About the Author:
Fiona is represented by Media Bitch Literary Agency, and is the author of three full length horror novels. She writes freelance for several paranormal magazines, including Supernatural Magazine and Paranormal Underground. She is a big fan of all things horror, and has studied Exorcism and Demonology. In her spare time, she attends paranormal investigations and works for a care charity. Her latest release, Nails, is now available on Amazon.
Where are you from?
I am originally from a town just outside of London in the UK, but I now live by the sea in the beautiful South West of England.
Tell us your latest news?
I have just released a novella called Nails. This is a paranormal thriller that is available from Amazon worldwide. I am excited about this release, and it coincides with my good news: I am now signed with a Literary Agent.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing from an early age – probably primary school. I always enjoyed making up stories. I remember often writing poems, short stories and entering competitions. This passion stuck with me well into adulthood. I've never wanted to do anything else.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don't think there was one defining moment, because I have always written. Since I was a child. I think the first time I felt validated as a writer was when my first full length novel was published – The Banishing. This was a monumental event in my life, because it is one thing to write in private at home, but quite another to have a publishing company offer to represent your work.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My love of writing – and my love of horror. Both of these passions combined left me with a desire to write a dark and frightening book. That end result was The Banishing. I have written several books since (Obsessed, The Shift and Nails) and all have been published, and all of them are dark and creepy.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I wouldn't say that I have a specific style, but I do tend to stick to frightening, psychological stories. I don't write light, happy-endings. I like to take the human experience and turn it inside out. I love exploring fear and the paranormal – anything that makes a reader uneasy. I try to deliver this in all of my stories.
How did you come up with the title?
My latest work is called Nails. It's a novella about a young woman who moves into a new home and finds herself facing the most frightening confrontation of her life. The name Nails really is directly relevant to the story, and I can't really explain too much without giving the story away. You'll have to read!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Ultimately, I like characters that face their fears and fight them. I like to represent women in horror, more than anything. I like to find what makes women tick, find their weakness, their sensitivities, and exploit that until we draw out the fighter in them.
How much of the book is realistic?
None. Unless you believe in the paranormal. Nails is essentially a ghost story, and I didn't draw on real life. I simply wanted to create a haunted house story that was in a modern setting.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, Nails was – as my other work is – purely driven from my imagination. I am an avid and passionate fan of the horror genre, I feel this heavily influences my work. However it is all fiction, nothing is ever intentionally a reflection of real life.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I think the most influential books have been the ones that have given me the love of horror that I have today. There are so many to name, I can't list an order of favourites, but amongst them would be Susan Hill's The Woman in Black; Stephen King's Pet Cemetery; Glimpses of the Devil by Malachi Martin and The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
This is a very difficult question to answer. I know it is probably a horror cliché, but I'd say the most influential is Stephen King. His work is so powerful, dark and enriching that I've been reading him since I was a young teenager through to this very day. No one else has really had the impact that King has had in the horror genre, and I can't help but admire that deeply.
What book are you reading now?
I'm reading The Dark Sacrament by David Kelley. This is a factual account of possessions and exorcisms in the UK and Ireland. I have read it before, but I like this book very much, and enjoy a creepy read around this time of year.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I really like Alison Littlewood, and Dan Weatherer. I highly recommend checking out their work. Both authors write dark and intense stories that are really hard to shift after you've finished reading.
What are your current projects?
I have just released Nails, so I am working on the promotion for that. I've just finished writing a novel called The Risen, and my agent is currently trying to find a publishing house for that. 2016 will be a very exiting year – I can't say too much yet, but it's worth me saying to stick around and stay tuned!
What would you like my readers to know?
I would love your readers to know that as well as writing full length novels and short stories, I also run a website where I showcase paranormal articles, reviews and interviews. My website is a place where you can not only find out about me and my work, but you can also learn about some truly some creepy subjects – if you are that way inclined!
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