Some of my most creative thoughts happen when on a dog walk, as do my best conversations with my dog-walking buddy. So I thought I’d invite some of my author friends along to join me and my girls and see if I can find out a little more about them and the book they’ve just released.
‘My girls’ are Poppy and Ruby
Joining me today is Author Aoife Marie Sheridan.
Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with Mills and Boon’s books, given to by her grandmother, her love for romances grew, and by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.
Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at the young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (which writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison Study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.
Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.
Hi Aoife, thanks for taking the time to talk to me today. I hope you’ve had a good journey here and you’re ready for a hike across the fields of a rather wet and soggy Cambridgeshire?
Hi. *waves* thanks so much for having me on your blog today. I have my boots on Georgia so I should be fine.
Excellent! So now we’ve got going Aoife tell me all about your latest book. What genre do you write in? Is this a standalone or part of a series?
Okay to get started, My new book is called Hunters (The Demon Series #1) It’s based around a young nineteen year old demon hunter. The genre is paranormal/horror/romance and its part of a series. Just to give you a little more about my book here is the blurb:
Abigail is nineteen. Her job, she hunts demons.
Her life so far has been tough. Having witnessed her family’s death and her mother’s suicide, she’s been taken in by a priest, who believes her when she says that she sees ghosts. Father Peter trains her as a demon hunter with three other members, one being Daniel, who isn’t what he seems.
But when a possession goes wrong, and ghosts start to attack Abigail, the tight rope she has on her emotions soon start to loosen. Abigail draws the unwanted attention of the Reote, and she finds out a lot more than she was willing to learn.
Knowledge is power, but for Abigail, it’s her undoing, and the only thing keeping her together is Daniel
(I love this 3-d image! Ed)
We’re all busy in this business so how do you manage to fit in the process of writing around your working and home life?
Oh lord, it really is tough. I really struggle finding time, but when I have a free second I normally write. It has its advantages and disadvantages – Like when I do find time I never suffer from writers block so that is a plus, disadvantage I have so many books I wish to write, yet never enough time. POOR ME.
I know you’re an indie author Aoife, but we all need help at various stages of writing and I’d like to know more about the team you have behind you. Who helps you pull your books together until they’re ready to be published?
I have my beta readers, only three, and they are the first to get the unedited version, once it’s read by them and I get all the feedback, I might change a few things, depending on how I feel about their suggestions. Then it goes to the editor, back to me for a check, back to the editor. Then off it goes to the proof-reader, then back to me. (This is like ping pong). Anyway finally I do the final check. This can take up to three months. It’s a long process but it has to be done.
Which character in your books do you most relate to and why?
Cathy, she is a secondary character in Hunters, and I would relate to her more than Abigail. Cathy uses sarcasm as a way of shielding herself; she always hurts people first so they can’t hurt her. I wouldn’t be as severe as Cathy (depends who you are talking too) but I would shield myself with sarcasm or dry humour.
A few quick fire ones.
Night owl or early morning lark?
Night owl. I am like a bear in the mornings; don’t come near me, if you want to stay in one piece.
Slippers or stilettos?
Stiletto’s defo. Slippers are sloppy (IN MY EYES) no offence to anyone. Just never feel great if I don’t look my best.
Which superpower would you like to have? And Why?
Oh a mind reader, so I could know exactly what everyone is thinking about – but with one exception. I would love an off and on button, I think it could get tricky in shall I say certain situations.
What piece of advice would you like to give your 16 year old self – if you were given the opportunity… and the use of a time machine!?
LOL. Don’t be so serious, and drink lots of water- it will make your skin so much smoother.
I believe that perfect days are unplanned, BUT if you were to plan your perfect day what would it look like?
Oh yeah cool question. So it would go something like this – Me in comfy clothes, with a fire, stack of books, Chinese, favourite DVD’s (War of the Worlds) and sweets -lots and lots of sweets. Perfect day, a little bit of heaven.
Thanks for joining me Aoife and I wish you every success for the sales of Hunters – I’m looking forward to reading it!
Thanks for inviting me along Georgia, even with all this mud – I’ll leave you to clean off the dogs though, if you don’t mind!
To contact Aoife you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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