Family secrets, changelings, and fairies you never want to meet on a dark night.
Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic.
When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods’ – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of Jess’s worries.
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MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!!
1. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I knew I wanted to be an author from an early age – although it wasn’t by any means a conscious decision. It crept up on me gradually, born out of my growing love of reading and the written word. If I read a really great book, I’d think, ‘I want to write like that.’ If I read something terrible – a real turkey, I’d think. ‘Crikey, I’m sure I can do better than that.’ So everything I read taught me something and prompted within me, which I call ‘The Divine Discontent’ (I read the term somewhere and it resonated with me) Divine Discontent is the impetus to create felt by artists of all kinds, whether painters, musicians, writers etc. So while I might not have recognised what was going on, I’m sure the first stirrings to create with words was born within me very early on. I was obsessed with books and reading from a young age, but didn’t begin writing my first novel until my kids started school and I could guarantee a few quiet hours to myself.
2. What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write We Other by a whole mixture of ideas and influences. I’m always influenced by whatever I’m reading at the time – usually something dark, dangerous and complex. It could be fantasy, historical or crime fiction – anything that’s well written. I hate the way the industry straight-jackets authors into defining their work into rigid categories. It makes it difficult for writers like myself, whose work crosses genres. Luckily there are creative publishers with vision and a willingness to consider the unusual and take a gamble. They don’t run with the pack as publishers, and I don’t consider that I run with the pack as an author. (That can be seen as good or bad, personally speaking. It hasn’t always made life easy as a writer)
I’ve always loved traditional fairy tales – not the sanitised Disney versions – and I still do. I take a notebook everywhere with me and jot down thoughts, things that capture my interest, a line from a book. I also have a folder where I keeps scraps of visual stuff from travel, home, lifestyle magazines, to use as backgrounds for settings. I might put images of a particular painting in the folder too. Visual things are very inspiring to me. (I’m also a sometime artist working in mixed-media.) All of this helps me to work out who and what I want to write about. I do a lot of planning and juggling with ideas, before I start writing, but it’s also an ongoing process. Any interesting things that turn up might inspire a chapter in my WIP, or inform the next book or a short story.
3. If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
If I could sell this book in one sentence it would be. We Other is more than a love story, more than the re-imagining of the fairy-tale tradition, it’s a layered experience of pitch-dark and dangerous richness. The fairies in it, you definitely wouldn’t want to meet alone a night. (Sorry that’s two sentences. I’ve always been greedy!)
4. What are you up to next?
I’ve just completed my present WIP. Which is another dark fantasy book – sort-of. Second Skin is set in a completely different world to We Other. It tells the story of Aledra Jewel-Wing, a twoskin. She belongs to the Drakkoni, a race of human people who can transform to fearsome winged beasts, and who are hated by the native people of the landthey have conquered. It’s part para-normal romance, part thriller, and part exploration of what happens when different races and cultures collide. This is a theme of ongoing interest to me. I think a lot of exciting things happen when you get collisions of people with different beliefs and views of the world. I’m very excited to see how Second Skin will be received – it’s presently under consideration by publishers.
5. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspirations are, and always have been, other authors. Anyone who writes great fiction and beautiful prose has me hooked. But I once had an idea for an entire novel from a particular scene in a film. That’s how inspiration works. It’s random. You might get the thread of something and then an idea adds another strand, you might hear a word or a phrase that fits, see something in a particular painting that stirs your emotions, and before you know it you have the rich tapestry of another novel. All you have to do is to write it! So the real work begins….
Thank you for hosting me on the We Other blog tour. Your questions really got me thinking!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sue Bentley discovered a love of books at an early age. She worked for Northamptonshire Libraries for many years, while teaching herself the craft of writing.
She is the author of the worldwide bestselling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies, Magic Bunny series for age 5-9 years.
She also writes for children and adults under various pen names. A lover of English Folklore, her books often contain elements of the otherworld and the darkness within the everyday. Her books have been translated into around 20 languages. We Other is her first book for Young Adults.
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