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    4th August 2012. Interview on Emily's Crammed Bookshelf blog

    1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

    Hi, Emily. Thank you for featuring my debut novel Dark Genesis on your site.

    I was born in London but spent the first few years of my life in Ghana, West Africa, before returning to London which is where I have lived ever since. Although I’ve always written in my spare time, I worked for a Facilities Management company until 2005 when I decided to write full-time.

    2. Why did you become a writer?

    I’ve pretty much always had my nose stuck in a book since I can remember and it is a great way to escape the world. Writing your own novel takes that escapism to another level, as instead of disappearing into someone else’s world, you can create your own and draw other people into that creation.

    3. Who were your biggest influences?

    Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Toni Morrison. I pretty much grew up on Stephen King and Dean Koontz but I didn’t ever think I would be able to write a paranormal novel. I think that everyone can write about normal human experiences but taking something completely unbelievable (like the notion of a vampire) and making it seem real enough for someone to invest their time in that story isn’t an easy thing to do. But those three writers have had such a big influence on me so it isn’t surprising that I would eventually write a novel which encompasses some of the things I like about their books: the supernatural, strong characters and slavery.

    4. What's your favorite season?

    Although I don’t really like the cold, my favourite season is autumn. I just love watching the landscape change from mainly greens to golds and bronzes.

    5. Favorite color?

    Lilac as it’s such a peaceful spiritual colour.

    6. Favorite food?

    Turtles chocolates. You can’t get them in the UK but a friend brought back a box on her last visit to the US and I’ve been addicted ever since.

    7. When and how did you get the idea for Dark Genesis?

    I started writing Dark Genesis towards the end of 2009. I was thinking a lot about dehumanisation, why people dehumanise others and the ways in which they do it. I was also wondering whether it’s actually possible for people to find their way back from being dehumanised. Everyone seems to be fascinated with the whole vampire thing and I thought it would be an interesting way to show what dehumanisation does to people.

    8. Are there any other books in the works? If so, what can we expect?

    Yes, a contemporary urban novel called Peace which will be out in September. I actually wrote Peace before Dark Genesis but first novels are always very difficult and it has taken a lot of revisions to get it to this stage. It is set in London and is about a young woman who is addicted to heroin. I’ve written bits of the sequel to Dark Genesis, but for some reason, I’m really nervous about sitting down and focusing on it properly. But I’ve already written two books so the third one can’t be that hard to write – I hope :-)

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