Debut Author Spotlight is a Saturday feature at Book Chick City. We will be showcasing a debut author each week from the genres of horror, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We will give you all the relevant book information as well as an insight into the author.

THE AUTHOR

In short, I love to read and to write. I enjoy lurking within the creepy folds of my imagination, and exploring the imaginary worlds of others. Movies and theatre are also hugely enjoyable for this reason.

We also have a pup called Bobby – A big, bounding German Shepherd who is going to grow to an enormous stature – his paws are almost as big as my husbands hands!. After only a few months, he has filled our lives with furry fun-times, and blossomed in our hearts.

My husband and I also enjoy travel, visiting our family in UK because we live in Dubai for his work, and damn good food. Oh, and I can’t forget my love for exceptional tea, coffee and wine. :D

THE BOOK

 RELEASE DATE: Dec 2012 | PUBLISHER: Self-published | GENRE: NA Urban Fantasy

An unusual young woman and fledgling journalist, Luna has various restrictive oddities, all of which prevent any kind of physical intimacy. Abusive parents take pleasure in Luna’s misery and isolation, yet Luna strives to make them proud, to finally earn their elusive love – something she craves almost as much as the painless touch of a lover. When she learns of a tragic story involving the kidnap of baby Esta, she jumps at the chance to investigate, dragging her Shadows along for the ride within the murky depths of her mind. Meanwhile, a dark stranger visits Luna’s dreams and stalks her reality. In lieu of the real thing, their intimate moments excite rather than terrify. Nestled within his presence, she begins to sense an urgent message of danger – a message she struggles to interpret, until they finally meet….

Her investigations lead Luna to a vibrant seaside town, hiding copycat aliens and an underworld of Supernaturals. Here, she comes face-to-face with her own, terrifying identity. Confronted with life-changing decisions and the harshest of truths, Luna questions her sanity, searching for logic, feeling deceived by both. Is Luna trapped in a newfound supernatural world, or within her own delusions? And will anyone care enough to save her?

THE INTERVIEW 

What is FINDING ESTA about?

Luna’s life sucks, it starts weird and just gets weirder, but she can never turn back. Like growing up or learning something new, we cannot turn back the clock or unlearn lessons. Therefore, our ability to deny things we don’t like, to close our minds to rotten truths, effectively vanishes, and suddenly we become adults with responsibilities. Even though the life that sucked seems a million times easier to handle than the one she finds, she can never turn back and be Luna Dukes, fledgling journalist. She can never deny the world she discovers, the people she meets, the lives she takes, nor unlearn the hard lessons learned. She can only try to move on, kick some serious ass and seek out those she can trust to help her in her quest for knowledge. To be a part of her new life.

This is the first step for Luna, in her search for some kind of happiness, some semblance of normality – something she has never had and always yearned for. She dreams of things like family, love, sex, and getting pissed on the weekend with a bloke who can hold his liquor.

Along the way there will be battles, learning how to do cool things with her psychic oddities and oh yeah, buckets of blood.

Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in FINDING ESTA

Luna is nothing special to look at and unpopular in the extreme. Even her parents call her The Rat, and she sees the resemblance. But she is special in other ways, although she hates the term ‘special’ as it’s been used to refer to her in a derogatory sense her whole life.

She is ambitious, caring, loves to write, a good friend to two Shadows, both of whom have been with her since early childhood, and she has helped many other Shadows over the years, to move on, to pass on messages to the living. She hosts Flo, and Ada too occasionally, within the murky depths of her mind, saving them from the dangers of the Shadow Lands – a place of purgatory for sinners who die and are refused rest.

Luna also has a strange skill-set; psychic touch and a powerful empathic sense. Both of which severely hinder a chance at a normal life. She longs to be held intimately, and dreams of a loitering stranger who is able to touch her without pain. When this stranger from her dreams starts showing up in her daily life, this naturally freaks her out.

She’s a decent person in spite of being emotionally abused her whole life, and is strongly compassionate. But we see her grow throughout the series, from a fragile self-loathing girl into a much stronger, worldlier woman.

How did you research FINDING ESTA?

This book is set all over UK and the series spreads out to Scotland. I have tired to focus of places I know. My mom is half Cornish, so I set the Mimicane portal to their planet there. Luna also visits Dorset, Scotland, North Yorkshire and I have had to research lots for those scenes, including accents and travel details, etc. I also researched about lycae etc. Google is a life-saver. The time I’ve saved in libraries is unquantifiable.

Is FINDING ESTA the first in a series or a stand alone novel?

Finding Esta is the first in The Supes Series. Yes, the series is all about the supernatural community, but also aliens and ghosts – or rather Shadows as they prefer to be called. :)

When is your favourite time to write?

Whenever I get the chance. But I generally need time to wake up (I hate waking up) and read emails, drink several cups of English Breakfast tea, walk our German Shepherd (Bobby), so it’s usually afternoon onwards by the time I open Scrivener. I quit around dinner time – 7pm. In between, I read and write blog posts and visit social networks. I also edit in chunks as I write, and I’ll research if required. I should set specific times because I procrastinate and have the attention span of a gnat!

Where is your favourite place to write?

I only ever get to write in the living room, so I can keep my eye on Bobby at the same time. But I prefer to write while drinking tea in a cafe somewhere. Being in public inspires me and I wrote many of my psychology essays for University in one pub or cafe, or another.

What was the last book you enjoyed and why?

I’m always reading something, and right now I’m reading The Renfield Syndrome (Rhiannon’s Law #2) by J.A. Saare, which is kick-ass, humorous and intriguing. All great reasons to love a book, although I wish I’d read the first book as this one alludes to things I should know. It doesn’t stand alone. I also really enjoyed the Vaempire series by Thomas Winship, which I reviewed recently.

Generally, I enjoy great character more than anything, so dialogue needs to sound real. I’m not big on literary or romance novels (although I adored reading Jane Austin), but I enjoy romantic elements in other genre, if handled well.

Which authors do you admire?

Charlaine Harris, Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Maya Angelou, and many many more besides.

Describe yourself in five words.

Introspective, creative, emotional, impulsive, diligent.

What’s next?

I’m finishing up the first draft of the second book in the series, and planning the third. It’s all about The Supes Series!

SHAH WHARTON ONLINE

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Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and speciality teas (Teapigs anyone?). Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

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