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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

MEET THE OCELOTS: An interview with Tom from THE LAST PLANTAGENET?

Today the Ocelot Blog Hop begins in earnest.  I get the party started with an interview with Tom, one of the principal characters from Jennifer C Wilson's novella The Last Plantagenet?, in which a present-day young woman called Kate finds herself transported back in time to the summer of 1485, to the court of King Richard III in the weeks leading up to the Battle of Bosworth.


Welcome, Tom.  It is good to meet you in person.

When you first met Kate, you told her that you’d been with King Richard for years, since before he was king.  What did you do before then, and how did you come to be part of his household?
I certainly fell on my feet here. I grew up near Middleham you see, but when my father died, well, there were no other options available. I went to the castle, found work, and when the Duke arrived, ended up attached to his part of the household. I’ve been with him ever since.

You noticed straight away how the king “flirted” with Kate when he first saw her.  Did this surprise you?
It did, I’ll be honest. I mean, we'd only lost Her Grace, Queen Anne, a few months ago, and he hadn’t shown any interest in anyone since. There’d been the official communications of course, regarding potential marriage negotiations, but nothing with any of the ladies at court.

Were you surprised at how quickly their relationship developed?
Yes, but I suppose, grief and romance are odd things. He was so saddened, of course, by the loss of Edward and Anne, and Kate, well, she was different. He needed that, something, or somebody, to bring him out of himself. And I’m glad she came along, just like that, before... well, before. He deserved some happiness.

You were in the very privileged position of being the king’s confidant, and he clearly trusted you.  How did you cope with this responsibility?
Firstly, by keeping it mostly to myself. None of the nobles and fine ladies needed to know that King Richard confided in the likes of me, after all. When there was somebody who needed to know, or who I felt I could trust myself, like Kate, then I didn’t mind letting them know the position I hold, but for the majority of the time, nobody fell into that category.
I know he was the king, but he had worries like the rest of us, and doesn’t everyone need somebody they can be themselves with now and then, rather than putting on a front all the time?

What did you think of Richard the man, as opposed to Richard the king?
Like I said, he was the king, and I respected him in that role. He was a fair ruler, and a fair master. I’m not going to go so far as to say we were friends, I know my place, after all, but I like to think I saw the real man: the one who had grown up in such turbulent times, had lost so many members of his own family, and been through so much. Nobody would come through that unscathed, and I know plenty of others, and other families, were in the same position, but still, it isn’t easy. Richard the man had seen all of that, and was still a good ruler. That says a lot, about both sides of him.

Do you think the king was genuinely in love with Kate?
I don’t know. It was all so quick, and love is a strong word. I think she made him happy, for their brief time, and I know he was planning for the future, with her being a part of that, but who knows in what capacity? I have a feeling, if things had gone differently at Bosworth, she would have been an important person in his life going forward, and would definitely have been given a place at court.

Were you in love with her yourself?  How did you feel when she disappeared (just before Bosworth)?
No, not me. I really liked her, and liked how she made the king feel, but there was never going to be more than friendship between us. So yes, I was sad when she left, and surprised. It did cross my mind that perhaps she had been an enemy to us all along, perhaps trying to find out what she could to help the Tudor, but that thought didn’t stay with me long. She was so genuine when she was around the king, and I don’t think you could maintain that as well as she did. I wish I knew where she had gone, and what happened to her; I think we could have been good friends to each other in this new reign.

Did you fight at Bosworth? 
I did, but to my eternal shame, I got separated from His Grace, just before his final charge. A group of us had been heading towards him when we saw what was about to happen, but by then, there was nothing we could do. Once it was clear he was dead, we thought the best thing would be to get ourselves away to safety, and regroup.

What did you do after Bosworth?
A group of us stayed together, and made our way to London; we thought that was as good a place as any to be, to see whether any resistance might rise up against the Tudor. But there was ultimately nothing we could do. It was pleasing to see the young Elizabeth at his side, as a York queen, but it wasn’t the outcome any of us had truly wanted.

Some people claim that King Richard arranged to have his young nephews killed so that he could seize the crown for himself.  Do you believe that? If not, what do you think might have happened to them?
I don’t believe he killed them. He had nothing to gain. They had been declared illegitimate, and given how things were in the country at the time, we needed a strong king to take charge anyway. I truthfully don’t know what happened to the boys, but there are plenty more who benefited from their death, and for me, you don’t have to look much further than the man currently wearing the crown. He and his scheming cronies strike me as the sort of people who wouldn’t pause for a moment in the killing of a child, whereas Richard, no, he had more heart than that.  

Thank you, Tom, for a fascinating chat.  And I don't for one moment believe that King Richard was guilty of those murders.


Jennifer C Wilson, author of The Last Plantagenet? and the Kindred Spirits series of historical novels.

For this week only, the Kindle edition of The Last Plantagenet? is on special offer at just 99p.  And Jen is also offering a prize of a free copy of Kindred Spirits: Tower of London (the first book in the Kindred Spirits series).  
To be in with a chance of winning, click on the link above to go to the book's Amazon page, click on "Look Inside", and find the answer to the following question:
Why is Richard III miserable about the guided tour which he and Anne start haunting?  
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The competition will stay open until midnight tomorrow (30 October), UK time.


Thursday, 24 October 2019

TORN - an interview with Karen Moore

Today I have a very special guest on my blog: the fabulous Karen Moore, whose debut novel Torn will be released next week through Darkstroke Books.  I've know Karen (and her novel) for some years through our writing group, so this is a very exciting time for both of us.




Welcome, Karen!


What prompted you to first start writing? What was the first thing you wrote?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, from the days of penning long epistles to my childhood penfriends to creating colourful English essays at school.  Writing then became a fundamental part of my career in PR and marketing.  Here I discovered that the more creative aspects of the job, such as writing articles and press releases, were the most enjoyable.  I started writing creatively as a hobby and quickly became smitten.


Can you summarise your latest work in just a few words?

A young mum and her daughter escape from a troubled past in Sicily and settle down to a new life in North Wales.  When the daughter suddenly disappears, the mother is forced to return to her former home and face the dark world of organised crime in a bid to rescue her.



What was the inspiration for this book?

The main driving force was the devastating migrant situation in the Mediterranean that continued for so long, with so many people not even surviving the journey.  My own travels and love of Italy and my experience of living there were also a major contributory factor.


Did you do any research for the book?

Yes, I followed news reports on the continuing migrant situation and the action and inaction of various agencies in response. I visited Sicily and North Wales several times to gather background information, as well as doing the usual desk research.


Cefalu, Sicily

  
What does a typical writing day involve for you?

I find mornings are the most creative time for me when I’m fresh and full of ideas!  I like to settle in front of my computer with a strong cup of coffee (or two!) and blast away for a couple of hours.  It’s important, almost cathartic, to capture these thoughts.  Refining that output comes later on.


How do you decide on the names for your characters?

Some are easy and just come to you naturally such as Hanna, the protagonist of Torn.  Others take a bit more research depending on their role.  For example, Hanna’s daughter needed a name that would suit both an Italian and UK setting.  Eva seemed a perfect fit.


Do you plot your novels in advance, or allow them to develop as you write?

My debut novel Torn developed quite organically which made the writing journey fun but also a bit of a roller-coaster!  I’m trying to be more structured with my second novel, while still allowing myself flexibility.


Which writers have influenced your own writing?

I read quite widely depending on how the mood takes me and whatever I find appealing in a given moment.  I’ve particularly enjoyed the Nordic Noir genre with its moody landscapes, gritty characters, pacy action, and underpinning social issues.  I would like to think that some of this has rubbed off on my own writing.


What has been the best part of the writing process…and the worst?

The best part has to be coming up with ideas and shaping them into some sort of structure, with a credible plot, characters and timeline.  I have a tendency to race ahead with ideas, so my constant challenge is to pay attention to the detail needed to get from A to B.


Now the book is on the point of being published and ‘out there’, how do you feel?

Excited but nervous!  It’s been part of my life for so long, it feels as if you’re releasing a part of yourself to the public.  I just hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed the writing.


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Just do it!  Persevere but only if you’re enjoying the journey – you spend too much time on it not to.  If something’s not working, spend time on reviewing why not.  Get feedback from other writers and polish the finished article as much as you can before submitting.  Trust in your own judgement – each writer has a unique perspective and a unique way of expressing him/herself.


What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve just started work on a sequel to Torn, so watch this space!




Torn is available to order at mybook.to/darkstroke/torn


Tuesday, 22 October 2019

MEET THE OCELOTS



Today marks the start of three fascinating weeks in which Ocelot authors interview characters from other Ocelot books.  To find out more, click here!


Monday, 7 October 2019

BOOK REVIEW: CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS by Lexi Rees



I must admit I felt a little nervous about reviewing this book – not because of the content or subject-matter, but because I wasn’t sure it would be appropriate for an adult to review a book designed primarily for children.

I need not have worried.  The book is clear and easy to read, without at any point being over-simplistic.  It is split into eight sections: Colourful Characters, Delightful Descriptions, Super Settings, Perfect Plans, Thoughtful Themes, Various Voices, Dynamite Dialogue and Story Sparks.  All offer a balanced blend of information, instruction and practical exercises, presented in a fun and accessible format.  I tried some of the activities myself and found them interesting and stimulating; they’re equally relevant for adults as for children, and ideal for tackling the dreaded Writer’s Block.  As the author says in the introduction: “Any child can have a go, regardless of age or ability”. 

I wish this book had been around when I was a child.  My memories of those compulsory “Composition” exercises from my 1960s schooldays are now mercifully blurred, but I do recall that they always seemed dreadfully dull.  If I’d had a book like this at the time, I would have found writing much more enjoyable – and I would probably have become an author at a much earlier age.

Highly recommended.  Scroll down for the chance to win a free copy!

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More about the author:

Lexi Rees writes action-packed adventures for children. As well as the Creative Writing Skills workbook, the first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award. The sequel, Wild Sky, will be published in November.

When not writing, she’s usually covered in straw or glitter, and frequently both.

She also runs a free club for kids designed to encourage a love of reading and writing which you can check out here https://lexirees.co.uk/kidsclub/

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Thursday, 3 October 2019

CRAPPERWOCKY (for National Poetry Day 2019)


Broad Thoughts From A Home started out some years ago as a poetry blog for National Poetry Writing Month.  Fans of Robert Browning (I'm sure there must be some of you out there) may recognise the sly nod to one of his works.

Since then the blog's content has been varied, but every now and then it seems appropriate to resurrect its original purpose.  One such occasion is today, which is National Poetry Day here in the UK.  In honour of which, here is a little ditty I penned recently - in total dishonour of the current abysmal state of British politics.

Fans of Brexit, look away now.


CRAPPERWOCKY
(with profuse apologies to Lewis Carroll)

'Twas Brexit, and the slithy Gove
did drone and prattle all the while;
all creepy were the Rees-Mogg's leer
and the Farage's smile.

Beware the BoJoBus, my friends;
the figures lie, the words deceive:
"A fortune for the NHS"
to tempt you to vote Leave.

Beware the immigration meme,
the poster that incites to hate,
the promise to "take back control",
the lies exposed - too late.

As Leavers crowed, Remainers wept.
The country can do naught but fall.
Meanwhile, the snarky Maybot sought
a way to please them all.

"This is my deal!" the Maybot cried,
"Trade, backstop, and passports of blue!
Three times I set it forth to you;
Therefore, it must be true!"

Cockwombles all refused to see
the UK dying at a stroke,
and turned deaf ears as through the land
six million cried: "Revoke!"

"Oh loathsome day!" the red-tops screamed
when Leaving Day did come and go.
"Tusk! Tusk! What will befall us now?"
Response: "We do not know."

The Maybot fell.  The BoJo tried
to force No Deal at any cost
by riding roughshod o'er the rules.
He fought the law - and lost.

And all the while the Cameron
(creator of this clusterfuck)
wrote memoirs in his garden shed.
As if we give a ****.

'Twas Brexit, and the slithy Gove
did drone and prattle all the while;
all creepy were the Rees-Mogg's leer
and the Farage's smile.



Wednesday, 2 October 2019

SOUND ADVICE - an interview with Catherine Fearns

My guest today is the fabulous Catherine Fearns, whose amazing new novel Sound is released tomorrow.  Keep reading for a fascinating interview, an exclusive extract, and news of an exciting giveaway.




Welcome, Catherine!  What prompted you to first start writing? What was the first thing you wrote?

As a child I was constantly embarking upon grand writing projects – novels, epic poems, screenplays – which always fizzled out. I have always loved writing; crafting student essays, writing policy papers at work, even funny emails to friends; but somehow I buried my love of creative writing deep for a long time. It only re-emerged four years ago – at the age of thirty-six. I was a stay-at-home mum volunteering as a breastfeeding counsellor, and was asked to write a review of breastfeeding apps for a magazine. It was only a 2-page thing but I enjoyed the writing process so much that I decided to start a blog. I wasn’t sure what to write about so I combined my two (rather incongruous) specialist subjects: parenting and heavy metal. It was not only an incredibly cathartic process but it led to me getting work as a freelance music journalist. It also gave me the confidence to try creative writing. I joined a local writers’ group and had a short story published in a magazine. Not long after that the inspiration for my first novel hit, and I was very lucky to secure a publishing deal pretty quickly. I haven’t looked back since!


Can you summarise your latest work in just a few words?

Sound is the third in my Liverpool crime thriller series. The mysterious death of a professor of psychoacoustics leads D.I. Darren Swift and his unlikely team into the world of satanic black metal.


What was the inspiration for this book?

Sound is very much a sequel to Consuming Fire, which ended on something of a cliffhanger. So it continues Darren Swift’s journey and answers a lot of questions. But it is also a self-contained story in its own right. When I’m not writing novels I’m a heavy metal journalist and guitarist, so there is always a lot of music in my books. And of course Liverpool is a very musical city. When I was researching this book I read a lot about psychoacoustics; how our brains process sound, and the effects of sound on our psyche. In particular, how sounds can induce paranoia – and what could be more important to a crime thriller than paranoia!

The book’s title may seem very simple, but it has a dual meaning, because ‘Sound’ is a commonly-used expression in Liverpool, used to indicate agreement or contentment.



Did you do any research for the book?

Yes, I always do a lot of research; it’s a process I enjoy very much. This time, I read a lot of academic books about different aspects of acoustics. It was fascinating and I found myself down a lot of deep rabbit holes – it was very hard to stop researching and start writing! I also interviewed sound engineers and metal musicians, which is always a pleasure.  

Another theme in this book is chaos magick, so I read a lot about that as well, not all of it convincing I have to say, but very useful for the story.

Location research is one of my favourite parts of the writing process, and I did a lot of wandering around the streets of Liverpool taking photographs and thinking. I got some of funny looks from office workers and builders when I was hanging around the Kingsway Tunnel Vent on the Liverpool Dock Road with my camera and notebook!

Sound features excerpts from a (fictional) seventeenth century grimoire, as well as song lyrics from a (fictional) black metal band, so I read a lot of real-life grimoires and song lyrics in order to grasp the styles and techniques.

As usual I consulted police officers and barristers about the police and court procedural aspects. And as usual I didn’t always follow their advice! This time I used a bit more artistic licence, since Darren Swift is now gradually heading off the rails as a police officer and playing by his own rules. But even though my books have a supernatural aspect, it’s important to me that readers are also able to read them as convincing straight police procedurals, should they choose to.


What does a typical writing day involve for you?

There’s no typical writing day. I have four young children, so my day revolves around their school and activity schedule. If I’m lucky, after I’ve dropped them off at school I might have a stretch between 9am and 3pm to write. But more often than not I’m in school for a bake sale, PTA meeting or sports event. And after school is a write-off as far as writing is concerned – it’s chaos until bedtime!

Fortunately I’m very good at picking up where I left off, and snatching writing moments whenever and wherever I can. I keep a notebook and pen in my handbag so I’m always ready, and I’ve even been known to type paragraphs into my phone in the supermarket queue. I transcribe everything into my computer at the end of the day and it all adds up.

If I do have some quality writing time to myself, I prefer to be out of the house so I’m not distracted by domestic tasks or the internet. I wander from coffee shop to coffee shop, but I have to admit I always get my best work done in McDonalds.

How do you decide on the names for your characters?

It can be really tricky! I try to assign names as early as possible, because the characters seem to come to life for me once they have a name. With my first book, Reprobation, I couldn’t think so I just assigned people the names of my old classmates and schoolteachers, and had to remind myself to go back and change them later.

I try to be as authentic as possible with names, but at a certain point you have to be a bit arbitrary. It just has to feel right. And of course you have to check that you’re not offending or slandering anyone, especially with the names of the bad guys!

There’s no such thing as the perfect name, and after all, in real life nobody gets to choose their own name!

Do you plot your novels in advance, or allow them to develop as you write?

I have the general plot worked out in advance. Otherwise I would be writing into the dark which would be a bit stressful, plus it would waste so much time going down dead ends.

But you have to be very flexible. As you go on the various characters’ journeys with them, almost everything changes along the way, even the ending.

There’s a lot of debate about whether writers are ‘plotters or pantsers’, but I think most of us do a bit of both.


Which writers have influenced your own writing?

I write crime thrillers and I have read a lot of crime writers, both classic and contemporary, so some of them must surely have influenced my style. I would highlight PD James, who was in fact the first crime writer I devoured as a child, and whose gentle, understated style I have perhaps unconsciously adopted. I would also mention those crime writers who evoke a strong sense of place, such as Dennis Lehane (Boston) and Ian Rankin (Edinburgh).
Having said that, I don’t think my writing is typical of the crime thriller genre. I have quite a clipped, sparse tone, a result of my professional background as a financial risk analyst; and a fairly literary style – I like big words!

There’s a lot of gothic horror in my books, perhaps because I have read a lot of Victorian gothic. I also love high-concept novels that play with structure – for example Stephen King, Michael Crichton and Alexandre Dumas, and in my books I like to trace grand themes onto a small canvas.



What has been the best part of the writing process…and the worst?

The best part is when you’ve just had the idea for a new book and the whole project is laid out ahead of you, it’s so exciting! I couldn’t wait to get started with Sound. Although I have to say it’s a very different feeling when you already have a publishing deal. The first time it’s terrifying and you question your very existence, never mind your ability to write a book. But now, with a publisher to support me, it’s an absolute joy.

The worst part is when you hit the 40,000 word mark and you don’t know if you’re going to make it or throw the whole thing in the bin.  It’s a huge and painful slog between 40,000 and 65,000 words, at which point the end is in sight.


Now the book is published and ‘out there’ how do you feel?

It’s a scary moment when you finally let the book go – you’ve been through the editing process and you have to stop ‘tinkering’ and sign it off to go to the publisher. I did that a while ago and since then I have moved on to the next project. But it’s always a very anxious time around release day as you wait for the first reviews to come in. I hope those who have read Reprobation and Consuming Fire will have their expectations met, and I hope to get some new readers too. As a fairly inexperienced author, negative reviews hurt more than poor sales figures! But if even a few people love Sound, I will be happy.


Is there a message for the reader?

Keep an open mind. We are living in strange times. The message of this book is perhaps the same as the central tenet of Chaos Magick: nothing is true; everything is permitted.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

1.    Read everything, in different genres and different styles.
2.    Take a notebook everywhere, and try writing longhand – you’ll be surprised at how different and effective it is.
3.    Join a writer’s group and/or take a course – if there isn’t one locally, find one online.
4.    Learn your craft – self-belief is great but there is so much to learn. The best writers keep a beginner’s mind at all times.
5.    Beta readers are crucial – and they shouldn’t all be your friends!
6.    Develop a thick skin – you will need it!


What can we expect from you in the future?

I’d love to continue D.I Darren Swift’s journey, and I have some great plot lines in mind. So if people still want to read my Liverpool books, and my publisher still wants to publish them, I’ve got plenty more in my head!
But I have to admit I’m working on something completely different right now. A stand-alone historical drama. I’m very excited about it.


SOUND

Can you hear it?

A professor of psychoacoustics is found dead in his office.  It appears to be a heart attack, until a second acoustician dies a few days later in similar circumstances.

Meanwhile, there's an outbreak of mysterious illnesses on a council estate, and outbursts of unexplained violence in a city centre nightclub.  Not to mention strange noises coming from the tunnels underneath Liverpool.  Can it really be coincidence that death metal band Total Depravity are back in the city, waging their own form of sonic warfare?

Detective Inspector Darren Swift is convinced there are connections.  Still grieving his fiancĂ©'s death and sworn to revenge, he is thrown back into action on the trail of a murderer with a terrifying and undetectable weapon.

But this case cannot be solved using conventional detective work, and DI Swift will need to put the rulebook aside and seek the occult expertise of Dr Helen Hope and her unlikely sidekick, guitarist Mikko Kristensen.

Purchase link: mybook.to/sound



Here's an exclusive extract:

In this scene, Norwegian death metal guitarist Mikko Kristensen has been recalled to Liverpool as a witness for the prosecution. He goes to Merseyside Police HQ to review his statement, and DI Darren Swift spots an unorthodox opportunity to get Mikko’s help with another case.

Darren couldn’t help but smile as he stood up and signalled to the skeletal figure who was traipsing his way across the office. Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in Norwegian death metal band Total Depravity, walked with a half-swagger, half-slope; looking furtively from side to side from under his trilby hat with an expression that was an odd combination of sleaze and earnestness. His clothes were varying shades of black, and tattoos escaped from his clothes up his neck and onto his fingers, like thorns on a bush, poison ivy on a tree. A confusing beard straggled in blond wisps from his chin. The only clue that he had in fact studied this look in detail was the freshly applied eye make-up. This was the ridiculous person who had solved a murder case quicker than Darren and his team, and probably saved Helen Hope’s life. They shook hands, and as Mikko struggled to meet his eye, Darren remembered that despite this man’s terrifying appearance and presence when he was on stage, he was actually very shy.
            They went through his statements, in which Mikko explained how he had been contacted by the police in October of the previous year in connection with a murder investigation. The inverted axe carved into the forehead of a murder victim was an exact match with the logo of his death metal band, Total Depravity. It was a strange coincidence that his band happened to be touring the UK at the time, and had been in Liverpool on the night of the murder. Mikko had also been contacted by Sister Helen Hope, who had made the inverted axe connection herself, independently of the police. Fearing themselves suspects, he and Helen had conducted their own parallel investigation, and in many ways had got further than the police.         
            As they wrapped things up, Darren remembered his USB, and decided to take a chance.
            ‘Can I ask you something? If I play you a recording, can you tell me what type of heavy metal it is?’
This was a little unorthodox, Darren knew, but how long might he have to wait for the audio team? He felt that he and Mikko had a unique shared history that had created trust between them and made it somehow acceptable. He handed Mikko some earphones and pressed play. Mikko listened intently, and after a few seconds began nodding in recognition. Surely he doesn’t actually like that terrible noise? Darren thought. After about thirty seconds Mikko took out the earphones and said, ‘Ok.’ He gave Darren a knowing look.
            ‘Ok what? Don’t tell me, it’s top of the heavy metal charts. It’s from your new album.’
            ‘No way. That isn’t even music, dude. It’s noise. But it is backmasked as fuck. And backmasking is like super-metal.’
            ‘Backmasked?’
            ‘You know. It’s recorded backwards. I can tell from the sound. It probably has like a hidden message or something.’
            ‘Hidden message? But why is that… metal?’
            Mikko waved his hand in dismissal. ‘Oh, it was this whole thing in the 1980s. They accused metal bands of hiding satanic messages in their songs, telling people to kill themselves, or whatever. They even put Judas Priest on trial for it, there was this whole court case when a kid committed suicide after listening to heavy metal in his bedroom.’
Darren raised his eyebrows sardonically. ‘The music must have been really terrible then.’ Mikko put up his hands in protest.
            ‘Hey, you can’t blame it on metal, dude. It was the Beatles who did it first.’
            ‘The Beatles?
            ‘Yeah, on their Revolver album. Not one of their best, I have to fucking say. I think it was Yoko Ono’s idea.’
            ‘Anyway. So you’re telling me that if I play this in reverse, I might be able to decipher something.’

            ‘Exactly, dude. Fucking cool. Or, maybe not so cool. Maybe the person who made this was really scared of something.’ 


*** 

Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool. Her novels Reprobation (2018) and Consuming Fire (2019) are published by Crooked Cat and are both Amazon bestsellers. As a music journalist Catherine has written for Pure Grain Audio, Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Succubus, Here Comes Everyone, Offshoots and Metal Music Studies. She lives in Geneva with her husband and four children, and when she’s not writing or parenting, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band.

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