Can you tell us about yourself and how you got into writing?
I was always passionate about books. Some of my earliest memories are of me in the library as a child. I don't know where it came from, I'd almost describe it as something I was born with. An absolute love of words, books and writing. I began entering writing competitions and taking part in creative writing groups as a teenager. My first publication was a poem about suicide, after that I began penning short stories. My first published full-length novel was The Banishing, a novel about demonic possession, and then I also went on to release horror novels Obsessed, and The Shift.
Tell us about your latest release, Nails?
Nails is a paranormal novella. It follows the story of Carla Bracken, a young woman in her twenties, who begins a new chapter in her life by renting a property that has a less than a desirable history. It is essentially a ghost story, with a massive twist at the end. I think those that enjoy the traditional ghost story will enjoy this release. I wanted to create a ghost story with a difference, and I hope I have managed that. I will let my readers decide!
What was the challenge of this particular story?
I think it was a hard one to pace. I knew it was not going to be a full length novel (I believe in a story being strong and being what it is, I don't believe in stretching it to accommodate numbers and pages), but I also knew it was far too long to be a 'short' story. So it sits nicely in the bracket of the novella. This is the first time I've released a novella, and although it's not the most popular of book sizes (some publishers won't accept novellas) it fits this story perfectly, and I think it serves Nails in the best possibly way.
What are the central themes in Nails?
It is a ghost story, but very multi-layered. It traces the history of the house to the modern day world, and highlights how things will continue and continue until somebody breaks the pattern. I loved my character, Carla, because even though she underwent some immensely frightening things, she stood tall and fought to keep control of her life. She felt weak and helpless – but she eventually manages to find a way to fight back. I like that. I'm not going to say Nails has the happiest ending – but it does highlight the strength of human character.
What are you working on at the minute?
I am currently doing edits on my next novel, The Risen. My agent is currently looking around to find a home for this project. It is a paranormal thriller, and one of my most challenging works to date. When I have a release date and publication details, I will update my website and keep readers in the know.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
I run a website called Study Paranormal – this has information on my books, as well as articles, interviews and reviews. I am also on Twitter.
Fiona is represented by Media Bitch Literary Agency, and is the author of three full length horror novels. She writes freelance for several paranormal magazines, including Supernatural Magazine and Paranormal Underground. She is a big fan of all things horror, and has studied Exorcism and Demonology. In her spare time, she attends paranormal investigations and works for a care charity.
Link to Nails: This way