Weird people in my head
Life, ‘as we know it’, before I became a writer was a dark, messed up place. Weird people came to me in my head with lives they demanded to lead. They’d talk to me about wanting to be ‘set free’ and I had no clue as to who they were or why they were in my thoughts.
I tried to lead a normal life as I grew up: school, college, work, marriage, kids, work, work, work. But then I discovered I could write about these weird people and give them life.
My first shot at it was awful. OMG awful, in fact. I think it even began ‘It was a dark, stormy night’ to give you an idea of how awful it was. That particular weird person in my head has since quietened, so even though I wasn’t happy with the outcome of the story, that voice was. Thank God, I say.
There was another weird person in my head who used to come to me in dreams. He was scary, sexy, dangerous and an enigma until I got to know him. The first night I dreamed about him I woke up with the cliché of a pounding heart and a sweaty bod. But in the next dream he apologised for being an ugly mother, and after that I think I fell in love with him a little.
He became my superman in my thoughts. When my weird people got themselves into scraps he saved them—or tried to. He wasn’t infallible and made mistakes, but I loved him more for his errors. He became Fly from my first published book called Eden.
My biggest mistake was making him more palatable to look at. In my thoughts his face is scarred—part of his mouth his missing—and his hands are distorted through scar tissue. But readers weren’t able to see through his ugliness and told me so in reviews, so when I wrote the follow up, Hunted, I went back and rewrote Fly in Eden to be more agreeable to look at.
He mocks me for that.
My books have an element of romance, but the overall storyline is loneliness. All my weird people are lonely and want (or need) to be loved. I do my best to please them.
Eden and Hunted are a soft science fiction, A Proper Charlie and Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! are comedy romances, although Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! is a lot darker than most.
What I read for pleasure is what I like to write: bad verses evil, love conquers all… you know, the usual.
My latest book, hopefully out in late summer is a time travel story. The theme is riches verses happiness (both would be better!) and my character needs to choose which she wants by going back in time and changing her future. And in doing so, she doesn’t only change her future but that of her nearest and dearest.
Not much romance in this book, but a few laughs and tears are along the way.
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