Thanks for having me here Doug for my first book release. I came to writing only a few years ago and at first wasn’t sure what genre I would write in and kind of fell into NIGHT’S COLD KISS. It slowly evolved into what I found out was called Urban Fantasy. Some of my biggest influences in a literary sense growing up were Stephen King and Raymond E Feist. Fantasy and horror were always my favourites to read. But I have been a big Sci-fi geek since I first saw Star Wars at the movies when it first came out in 1977 (no I am not telling you how old I am). I don’t read much sci-fi but watch a lot TV shows and movies. Very big Joss Whedon fan. All of this has gone into influencing what I write.
1. What it’s like being an urban fantasy author in Australia breaking out into the international market?
Australia is a long way from the US (and even further from Canada). But the internet has made the it a much smaller world - thank goodness. While Nalini Singh and Keri Arthur are huge New York Times bestsellers, downunder their audience isn’t as big and they are not as widely known as they are in the US. However with the Twilight phenomenon in both books and movies and True Blood TV series (which has turned people onto the Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire books), people are suddenly interested in vampire and paranormal books. I walked into our local book store the other day to ask how paranormal books were doing and was told that just about every second book they sold was a vampire novel. So there may be hope for us yet.
2. Tell us something about the genesis of the book, the characters and the world building
Night’s Cold Kiss evolved out from a world with a complex social structure where parahuman creatures and humans live in a mostly symbiotic and at times reluctant co-existence. There are rules and structures to follow, laws to obey and if not then there are consequences to pay.
I think this world has existed in hidden in my head for many years just waiting for me to crack that door open. It was a spark of an idea that opened the window to my own version of Earth. And now that I have, I’m still discovering things about it every day, and it is as fresh and exciting to me today as it was when I first started thinking about it.
3. What Forthcoming projects are you working on?
I am just about to hand in the second book in the Dark Brethren series called Death’s Sweet Embrace and then begin the third one. I am very excited to get onto that one. Death’s Sweet Embrace center’s around 2 animalians, this time felian and canian (werecat and werewolf) with appearances by familiar characters form book one. Again you can expect some serial killer action and thrills. I won’t bout book 3 as it’s still in the planning stage.