1. The Wire: Searching for Reason is your fifth published book. It is a science fiction tale about a girl whose father unleashes an interactive game that turns deadly. How did you come up with the premise for The Wire?
The Wire was originally a 500 word short story which I wrote for a local short story competition (with the theme of 'WIRE') that my Mum found advertised in the library. It didn't win! I wrote it a good few years ago and then, this year decided that it was time to go back to it and turn it into something beautiful.
The ideas for the novel version of The Wire came from various places such as watching Star Trek: Voyager (which I now quite like!) with my husband, and watching him play games on his Playstation. I'm also greatly inspired by the works of Ragnar Tornquist.
2. The Wire will be published in installments, not unlike the novels of Dickens and many other authors of his time. What made you decide to write your novel as a serial?
Funnily enough I was reading an article about how writers such as Dickens and Stephen King wrote in installments a few days before I received an email back from Ether Books who I had sent me 500 word short story of The Wire to, and they expressed an interest in publishing my story as a novel in installments. It's something I like the idea of, especially as it's published on Facebook and Smashwords as well so I can read feedback on what readers think of each part. It's handy during the editing process!
3. Who is publishing The Wire and where can readers find each new installment?
It is available for FREE on smashwords, EtherBooks and Facebook. Once it is complete it will be sent off to publishers as a full-length novel and we'll see where that goes!
4. Once it has been released, will The Wire be available as a full-length novel? How long is it?
As I said above, yes! It will. It's currently roughly 90,000 words, but I edit it as I go and take into account the feedback I receive so it's constantly changing (although the major plot line and characters remain the same).
5. Do you have any plans to write another science fiction book?
I intend to write a sequel to The Wire if it does well. I'd quite like to focus more on some of the lesser characters and see what they'd get up to.
6. What, if you don't mind sharing, is your next project?
I've just finished and published a short story called The Yellow Umbrella, which is also available to download for free via smashwords, here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/211513