First of all I would just like to say thank you to Rachel for having me here today, and for her wonderful review of my debut novel, Alone. Her positive words and encouragement since I first met her have been wonderful, and I’m so happy to be here today.
When Rachel first introduced me it was under the header, ‘romantic horror’.
I find it difficult to pigeon hole my writing into one genre, except to say that I write what I love. The problem is that I read vicariously and love so many different types of books.
I grew up on a diet of Stephen King, James Herbert, Dean Koontz and Anne Rice. It was to these authors I turned, and was ultimately influenced by, when I started to write my own stuff.
I loved horror from a ridiculously young age. I remember sneaking downstairs and reading my mother’s horror novels by the light of the fish tank in the front room. Some stories particularly stayed with me; one about a bunch of puppets coming to life and sticking needles into their victims which shrunk them until they too, turned into puppets, particularly stays in my mind, though I’ve no idea who wrote it or what it was called!
But as I grew older and my reading developed, I turned to authors such as Jodi Picoult and Emily Barr, authors who dealt with real life issues, and I know these authors have influenced me now.
It has only just dawned on me, but though I write horror and some fantasy, ultimately I write women’s fiction. The people in my books are normal, real life people. They deal with real life issues; relationships, abuse, even cancer. But running along side those issues is a paranormal world I hope to plunge my reader into. Whatever difficulties and struggles they are trying to overcome will ultimately run parallel to the paranormal dangers they find themselves in.
In The Dark Road, my main character Sasha, has put her life on hold, waiting, while her fiancé ‘finds himself’ in Cambodia. He refuses to come home, so she decides to go out and meet him there. When she gets on the bus to take her from Bangkok, Thailand, to Siem Reap in Cambodia, she meets Josh, a man who is wandering without a home, lost, because of a past he is trying to escape. The bus trip starts well enough, but then, just after crossing the Cambodian border, a lightning storm starts. Shortly after, one of the backpackers goes missing off the side of the road and it doesn’t take long for the group to realize something is after them.
I often get asked if I’ve ever been to Cambodia, and the answer is a definite, ‘yes’. I spent three months backpacking around South East Asia and I actually did the same trip as the characters in my novel. My travelling experiences have influenced my writing hugely, and allow me to make each novel very different from the next.
I’d like to give away a copy (ebook) of The Dark Road today, so please, leave me a comment for a chance to win.
If you haven’t already downloaded Alone, it is currently available for free, for a limited time only, at Smashwords.com And, as if that wasn’t enough, if you go and ‘like’ my facebook page, you will also get an exclusive code which will allow you to download the short story collection Rachel mentioned yesterday!
Thanks for having me Rachel!
Thank you for being here, Marissa. Seriously love your work.
So, have you read any of Marissa's books? What did you think? What about Picoult and Barr, have you read them? I haven't but I'd heard of them. Guess I've a few more TBR's to add to that massive pile!
Oh, one more question, 'cuz ya know I'm nosy, do you like books that make you think? Books that cause you to look within yourself or cause you to question your assumptions?
I'll start. I like them, a lot, but not all the time. I need my 'purely entertainment books' to let my brain rest from all of the thinking! Your Turn!