Today I’m hosting fellow North Easterner author and blogger Deborah A Stansil.
Deborah kindly sent me a copy of The Mirror as part of her feature here today.
Deborah is Author to The Joker, The Twisted Tales series as well as recently published The Mirror.
As you all know, I love to have a book to read, especially before going to bed.
I find it the ultimate therapy to relax after the chaotic days.
This month’s bed time read has been ‘The Mirror’.
The story centres around Amy and her daughter Lilly. They make a seemingly innocent purchase of a mirror that goes in Lilly’s bedroom.
But then Lilly’s behaviour starts to change.
It’s been interesting to read this from a parent’s point of view now that I have the Little Lady. Although I’m nowhere near the school days at the moment, the story involves not only the concerns of Lilly’s parents, but that of the school too.
There’s an underlying story that’s ticking over that’s fuelling Amy’s constant anxiety over her daughter, which comes tumbling out half-way through the book.
These are all issues that once upon a time I would have read on auto pilot and not really reacted too (cold-hearted I know but the pre-parent me could switch off).
Now, the motherhood side of my brain plays upon these topics and experiences and puts myself in that position.
It’s interesting to see Lilly’s character change and how it affects those around her; her parents, her teachers and even her best friend, Jessica.
At the time of going to press, I’m still reading (and enjoying!) The Mirror (life’s getting in the way a bit of my reading plans – imminent house move).
I’m at a part of the story where a link appears to be forming with the mirror and the family (no spoilers). I’m now intrigued as to what angle this is going to take and my heart goes out to Amy for what she’s experienced in the past.
Looking forward to getting tucked up tonight to read a few more pages.
Born and raised in the North East of England, Deborah A Stansil always dreamed of one day becoming a writer. As a teenager, she would write fiction but she rarely shared it with anyone, and as an adult, life got in the way.
She never forgot her passion to write creatively and now the dream is a reality, with both her books and her blog. Deborah has well and truly caught the writing bug and she is now a full time writer.
She enjoys reading, writing and she’s never far from a book or a notepad/laptop. She also enjoys travelling, both in the UK and abroad and one day, she would love to travel the world.
Deborah is best known for her love of the horror genre, both writing and reading, although she does enjoy writing in both the crime and fantasy genres too. She hopes you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoyed writing them!
Hi Debbie welcome it’s good to have you here today.
Congratulations on your fourth book – The Mirror. What was the inspiration behind it?
I actually started out with the intention of writing a haunted house type of plot (watch this space for that one in the future!). When I sat down to write it, the idea of involving a mirror kept nagging at me. I have always had a thing about mirrors being spooky, so I changed tack completely and went with the idea of the mirror as the central theme to the story.
How would you compare writing The Mirror to anything you’ve previously written?
The Mirror was written in a very different way to my usual fiction. There was no real plan, no outline, it just poured onto the page. I loved writing this way, I felt like I had no limits and the story kind of wrote itself in a sense.
How do you organise your writing time?
I write freelance as my full time job, so I try to work on my own novels on a night time. I’m a bit of a night owl anyway so this works well for me as somehow I always seem to feel more motivated at night. Once I get into a story though, I do sometimes find it spilling over into my work time (oops!).
How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?
I’ve always said I wanted to write a novel, but it wasn’t until two years ago that I actually sat down to do it. There wasn’t really any big event that spurred me on, it was just a matter of stop saying it and start doing it!
Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and are able to let your creative juices flow?
I mostly write on my laptop, perched on the top of my bed. All the advice says this is wrong, I should have a desk and some sort of office space, but this works for me.
And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know
I had a poem published in an anthology when I was fifteen. I submitted it under a pen name because I was embarrassed in case people knew I had written it! The worst thing is I can’t even remember what the anthology was called!
Thank you so much for having me, this has been great
Thank you for being here today Debbie and best of luck with the book.
~Where to find Deborah~
Amazon author page: https://goo.gl/FrXC4V
The Joker: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01JND8VY6
The Mirror: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N9YWFBN/
Twisted Tales: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01H94D1MS
Twisted Tales 2: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MSRDI4
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