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  • Dark Genesis Virtual Tour: Interview

    24th June 2012. Interview on Nazish Reads.

    1. In one sentence, tell readers why they should read your book.

    It is an unusual paranormal romance with vivid characters and a lot of action woven into a beautiful love story.

    2. Now, using as many sentences as you like, but not too many, could you please tell us a bit more about Dark Genesis.

    The novel is narrated by Luna, a female slave living in 1807. When we meet her, she is dehumanised by her experiences and worn down by her abusive master. But her life changes forever when she seeks sanctuary at a haunted chapel on her master’s plantation and attracts the attention of a tormented vampire. It is, in essence, a love story. But it deals with much deeper themes such as the lives of female slaves and the psychological effects of slavery.

    3. Why did you choose to write a historical paranormal romance, and what do you love best about reading and writing for this age group (the age group that this book is for)?

    It encompasses my three main loves. History was one of my favourite subjects at school. I loved learning about slavery and the holocaust. The paranormal has always held a fascination for me and I pretty much grew up reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels. I also enjoy novels such as Wuthering Heights which feature an epic romance. So it made sense for me to write a book that has all these elements. The best thing about reading and writing for adults is that you don’t have to present a rosy view of the world. The world can be an unpleasant place for lots of people and I want my books to reflect that. But I do believe in happy endings.

    4. What was your inspiration behind Dark Genesis and can you tell me a bit about it?

    I was inspired by the concept of dehumanisation. I was fascinated with the reasons why people dehumanise others and the tools they use to do it. And I suppose the reason why that led me to the vampire myth is because people are in love with the idea of being young forever and of having superhuman abilities. But those things come at a price. Your soul. Once you start killing, is it possible to keep your soul? That was a question that fascinated me. And so once I had the image of this tragic figure in my mind, the other question I asked was what sort of a person could understand the soul of a vampire and be able to love him? The answer? Someone who has been dehumanised by society. That led me to a slave called Luna.

    5. Without giving any spoilers, is a certain part of Dark Genesis that you found really interesting, and a part that you found really fun to write?

    Probably the part of the novel when Luna first encounters the vampire. I could really picture the setting: the clearing in the woods, the burnt ruins of the chapel and the ever-present aura of evil that swathes it. She is kneeling at the stream as the sun sets around her when the atmosphere becomes charged and she begins to realise that something out of the ordinary is happening. That’s the only part of the novel I can talk about without giving anything away.

    6. When writing, do you plan out the entire story and or series beforehand or do you just make up the story as you go?

    I like to have a rough idea of the entire story in my head first. Sometimes, if an idea or a scene is really strong in my mind, I have to write it even if I don’t have the rest of the story. But generally I never start writing a book with the hope that it will all just fall into place.

    7. If you could switch places with a fictional character from any book, who would it be?

    This is such a good question. Well, I’ve just finished reading Weaveworld by Clive Barker. So I suppose it would be one of the human characters because I like the idea that paradise is hidden somewhere on earth.

    8. If you could recommend one book to someone, what would it be and why? Also, is it your most favourite book? If not, then what is?

    Beloved by Toni Morrison. Aside from the subject matter (slavery) and her exquisite prose, it has so many layers to it. It’s one of the few books that I can read again and again and still find something I didn’t pick up on before. And yes, it is one of my favourite books.

    9. What can readers expect next from you?

    I will be publishing another novel called Peace within the next few months. I actually wrote Peace before Dark Genesis but first novels are always tricky for most writers. It is a completely different genre, a contemporary novel about a young woman who is using heroin to suppress a painful past. Once Peace is published, I can focus on writing the sequel to Dark Genesis.

    10. I would like to thank you for stopping by this blog today and participating in the interview.

    Thank you. I’ve really enjoyed answering your questions.

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