Publication date: May 29th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.
Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.
The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?
In 2004 I started studying optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and currently I live and work as an optician in Kent.
In 2008, I married my wonderful husband, Tor. He has been such an amazing support and wealth of internet wizardry from when I started writing through to designing a cover for Book of Remembrance, to publishing my book on amazon as well as setting up this website. I cannot thank him enough.
Reading has always been one of my passions. I have fond memories of trawling through the library aged five (yes I was a geek from a young age!). More recently, I found myself wondering about the process writers must go through to complete a novel. I started thinking about how they would go about planning out a story and keeping track of all the various aspects of it. Finally, I decided to try my theories out. I have not looked back since!
I started writing Book of Remembrance end of May 2011 and finished it in December 2011. Since then, I have self-published it as an e-book on amazon. I have also started writing the follow up novel, which is untitled at the moment.
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If she was one of the characters would the outcome be the same in the book?
What? You wan’t me to write a Mary Sue? Well, I would of course have been the prettiest, funniest, most talented character in the entire book, solving each dire situation with flair and fearlessly facing every troubling turn. Haha!
Funnily enough, I always thought I would have to strive not to make my characters resemble me, but I think for the most part, it happens naturally. I give my characters personality, likes and dislikes, habits, dreams and fears, but then they tend to take on a life of their own.
I find this one of the most satisfying parts of writing: watching my characters become people.
In fact, sometimes I even find it hard to write their decisions and actions as these run so counter to anything I would have done. Just like when you are reading and you are slapping your head, asking why the character is doing this or that, I do the same, except I know what their innermost motivations are.
That doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.
There has been the odd occasion when I was first shaping my characters that I had to make sure that I don’t force my worldview or attitude onto them. Usually it’s pretty easy to notice when you are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Take Khaya, for example, she is such a gullible girl at the beginning that I sometimes wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her (luckily, her eyes are opened eventually). If I’d been her, Brier would have been kicked to the kerb much earlier.
I think in Riddle of Fate, my characters face such tough situations where there is a call for bravery that I don’t possess. I don’t envy them at all.
It is actually really hard to imagine what I would have done if I were in the story. Khaya runs headlong into danger and overcomes her fears. I would probably have been running in the opposite direction. I mean, really, stick around when two groups of people want you dead and friends are dying around you? I don’t think so.
In answer then, if I was in the story, I would ruin it!