Book giveaway: The Visitors Book and other ghost stories
Meet the author Q&A
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill had a huge impact. But I've been really inspired by movies here. Things like The Sixth Sense, The Others, The Shining and The Innocents which are eerie and otherworldly but also very familiar.
What drew you to this genre of fiction writing?
Well, I love the mystery element. To me, all ghost stories seem to be mysteries - except you're not working out who did the murder, you're trying to solve the mystery of the ghost! Who is it? What is it? The two genres seem to me very closely linked.
Do you have any peculiar writing rituals or habits?
I have a strict routine: looking at equestrian smallholdings in Wiltshire on Rightmove, and ordering at a stack of brochures before I start work, getting into at least two arguments on Twitter with misguided people... No, seriously, I like to change my routine all the time. I try to write each book in a new room (a new house if possible!). I switch and change the hours when I write so that each book has its own time of day.
Has anything spooky ever happened to you in real life?
What advice would you offer to aspiring writers of ghost or horror stories?
I'd give the same advice to any writer: tell the story that you and only you can tell. Make it something that no one but you could think of. If it's gripping and original when you write it, others will want to read it.
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We have 50 copies of The Visitors Book to give away.
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This giveaway is sponsored by Sort of Books.
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