1. How did you get started writing?
Lillia: I did NaNoWriMo in 2006 and I was absolutely hooked. I got so involved with the village in the book and the characters that it was hard to think about anything else, and I knew I wanted to carry on writing and do that for a living. It took me another few years, but I learned from other authors, soaked up everything I could about self-publishing and now I’m in the Hellcats Anthology and about to publish my first novel!
Aidan: Since I can remember being able to write, I’ve written stories – almost all Science Fiction. Eventually, I found the inspiration to write a novel. The world it presented, seemed to pull in all the other stories I’d ever written.
2. Out of all your books, which one is your favourite and why?
Aidan: I’ve only two novels in my own name, so far. ‘God’s Tear’ was the first of any I’ve published, yet I think I like the newer one, ‘Kit’, as I feel I’m becoming a stronger writer. I think I always like the last thing I wrote, so my favourite will change, as time goes by.
3. If your friends were asked to describe you in one word, what would it be?
4. What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Lillia: There are things outside writing? No, I definitely need to relax when I’m not writing and I love doing anything crafty – knitting, sewing, baking, etc – as well as reading and watching good TV.
Aidan: I really love spending time with my friends. They’re a constant source of energy and support. When it’s my turn, I get to give that back, when they need me.
5. What do you love most about the genre you write?
Aidan: I write in several genres. I don’t find myself liking one, more than another. I write the stories and then try to work out which genre they belong in.
6. What do you want readers to take from your books?
Lillia: I love being swept up into another world when I read and I hope I can do the same for my readers. Books have got me through things when nothing else could and I’d love it if even one reader could feel that from my books. I also love to entertain and make people laugh and I hope people smile when they read and enjoy the happy ending.
Aidan: I’d like my readers to share the journey made by the characters. In reading of struggles and challenges, I hope they feel they are not alone, no matter what life throws at them.
7. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Aidan: Tenacious, assertive and laconic.
8. What made you decide to write in your current genre?
Aidan: It’s all Lillia’s Fault. She said “Do you fancy a challenge? It’s for a good cause”. I thought it was, indeed. We will work on Fantasy Fiction together, in future. As for writing Psychological Thrillers, it was suggested that I was capable of writing in any genre, so I chose to write a story I thought of 35 years ago.
9. Tell us about your current release/or new release?
Aidan: My latest release is ‘Kit: a psychological thriller’ – based on a true story, with a twist. It’s about a hospital patient with amnesia, who really doesn’t know if he’s a psychopath, a killer or a super spy. He doesn’t know who he can trust, or even if he can trust himself. Waking up in a nightmare, he simply tries to find the truth.
10. What does your writing space look like?
Aidan: I’m lucky, in that my desk is also my ‘flight deck’ for playing computer games and also my workstation for software engineering. It couldn’t be more utilitarian have more facilities, if it had an Tassimo machine plugged in behind the monitor. That would be a great idea, if water and computers could actually get on with each other.
11. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?
Aidan: The Wheel.
I know most people will think of something more modern, but frankly, without the wheel, I think I’d not be having such a great time of things. Second to that, it’s my mobile phone, of course. It’s a really close second. Seriously close.
12. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?
Lillia: It depends who they are. If it’s a bad guy, call me Nemesis and stand back! The good guys, on the other hand, I cry buckets – not that I do that very often! People in my books mostly get exactly what they deserve, including a big ‘aww’ happy ending for the good guys.
Aidan: Nope. I find it really painful, when someone who is truly loveable, kind and compassionate, comes to the end of their life as a character. Of course, they aren’t real, but I do empathise with these imaginary folk.
13. How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
Aidan: Most of the characters I write are composites. I’ve only ever singled out one particular character, called him by name and then told my friend I’d written him into a novel. Sadly, he died a few weeks ago. It was very sudden and we’re all terribly shocked at the loss. At least I captured his spirit. I might never do that again.
14. What are you working on now? Can you share a teaser of it with our readers?
My next book (excuse me while I squee a little!) will be Can’t Buy My Love, about what happens when Cupid’s bow is stolen and no-one can find love. Here’s a little bit from the beginning:
“Another happy couple matched. He should be thrilled. And he was. Really, he was. For them.
He leaned his bow against the inner section of the Huntress Fountain and trailed a finger in the water, concentrating for a moment to warm it through until it was just the right temperature. Then he took off his boots and dangled his feet, looking out across the lush green grounds of Hyde Park at all the couples holding hands, kissing, jogging together, walking their dogs, and just being so damned… coupley!
“Hey bro,” said a voice right behind him.
Cupid sighed. “What are you up to, Mercury?” He turned to face the god of commerce, poetry, trickery, and thieves, who as per usual was dressed up to the nines, this time in a snazzy cream three-piece suit complete with spats and braces. His flowing blond hair streamed out behind him in perfect style as if he had his own personal wind machine following him around.
Mercury gasped in mock offense and jumped up, walking around the stone centre of the fountain, as close as he could get to the edge. “Little old me? I’m not up to anything. Nothing at all. I just thought I’d come on down to Earth and find out what is wrong with my favourite god of love.”
Cupid laughed despite himself, “I’m the only god of love.”
“Tomayto, tomahto.” Mercury looked up at the statue of Diana atop the fountain. “Hmm. Not a bad likeness.” He executed a perfect pirouette on the stone ledge and turned back to Cupid. “Now, what was that lackadaisical display of shooting all about? You might have had someone’s eye out.”
Cupid shaded his eyes against the wintry sun. “You’re going to end up in the water if you carry on like that.”
Mercury wagged his finger. “Oh no. You are not changing the subject on me. What gives, what’s up, what’s happening? Out with it.”
Cupid looked away, not even sure he could put into words how he felt.
“Okay, so it’s ‘guess the problem’ time.” Mercury stared at the newly matched couple who were now sitting as close to each other as they could and holding hands. “Well, they look happy. You’ve still got it, Captain Lurve. So it’s not that.” He whirled around to face Cupid and tap-stepped his way back along the fountain wall, finishing with a neat ball-change stamp. “Is it… has Cerberus eaten all the snacks again?”
“No. Don’t be ridiculous. I’ll be fine. Don’t worry.”
Mercury stared at him. “I know! You’re in love.”
Cupid grimaced and shook his head. “No. Not even close.”
“Okay, so you’re not in love. And that-,” Mercury looked at Cupid’s face. “Yes! That is exactly the problem, isn’t it? You’re spending all your days matching other people but never finding someone for you. I’ve got it, haven’t I?”
Cupid’s eyebrows rose. “How could you possibly know that?”
“We-ell, I have known you for quite a while, centuries even. And love is your thing, sooo it was an educated guess. But don’t worry, Mercury’s here to save the day.” Mercury clapped Cupid on the back and did a perfect backflip, landing right on the outer edge of the fountain. “Leave it to me. It’s fun and games and distraction you need, and I’m just the god for the job.” He flipped a salute at the statue of Diana and then took off. “Take it easy, bro.”
“No, wait. Don’t you dare. I don’t need-.”
But Mercury was gone.
Aidan: I’m working on another psychological thriller, something I also thought of thirty something years ago. It’s darker than ‘Kit’, revolving around a killer who is able to leave no trace. He leaves one young boy without a family. Eventually, simple coincidences bring them together, with an unexpected result.
15. Is there one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing?
Lillia: Yes! I love reading contemporary romance and I’m working on a sweet romance set in a quirky holiday village under another pen name, which will be out next year.
Aidan: I don’t know how many genres there are, to know if there’s one that would take my attention in that way. I’d love to write comedy, but doubt that I’m particularly funny in that way. I have a sense of humour, which comes out in the way my characters behave and interact, but I’m not sure it’s exactly ‘comedy’.
16. What do you do when a flash of inspiration hits you at an inopportune moment?
Lillia: I have notebooks! Everywhere! At my desk, in my bag, next to my bed… I love them. It seems to be an author thing to have a huge stash of notebooks, and I do my best to write ideas down as soon as I get them. Failing that, I’ve used my phone or random bits of envelope or paper to make sure I don’t forget what I’ve come up with, and I’ve absolutely got up at 3 or 4 am to jot down the latest batch of ideas, though they don’t always make sense in the morning .
Aidan: In all truth, I simply keep calm and try to remember the thought. If I can remember it long enough to find some way of recording it, I do. If I can’t, I accept that it might not have been that great an idea, after all. There’s a line from a Police song, “I can dream of schemes when I’m sitting in my seat, I don’t see any flaws ’til I get to my feet”. I think a good idea endures.
17. What keeps you going while writing?
Lillia: Coffee! No, seriously, I have some utterly lovely and supportive author friends who are great at helping me bounce ideas around or giving me a nudge if I need it. I’m also a member of some author groups on Facebook, including the incredible 20Booksto50K, and the stories of people’s achievements – however big or small – are completely inspiring. Apart from that, I have so many ideas, books and characters running around in my head that I really can’t wait to write them, and I have things I want to achieve with my writing that I just can’t give up on or I know I’ll regret it. If I want to finish and publish books, it’s a case of BICFOK – Butt in Chair, Fingers on Keyboard, and there’s only me who can do that.
Aidan: I don’t write to deadlines, so I spend a lot of time in the world I’m writing about. As I do that, things become clearer. When I sit to write, the words come. I enjoy the excitement of bringing my thoughts and ideas into the real world and sharing them. Working almost daily, chapter by chapter, with readers I trust, I find that creating something for them to read, is really the fuel for the engine of my writing.
18. What’s next for you?
Lillia: I’m working on finishing Cupid’s story right now for December release, and then I’m going to be in another anthology in January, with a story about a cat shifter. There’s lots of humour as usual, including what happens when his protectee realises that that cute, though oddly large, stray cat she adopted is actually an incredibly good looking man, who has seen her without makeup and slept next to her in bed.
After that, soooo many more stories, with hellhounds, gods and goddesses, other worlds and more, and I can’t wait!
Whilst Lillia and I are considering what to do with the inspiration from ‘Chaos on the Horizon’, I’m going to be working on ‘Nemesis’ Kiss’, the psychological thriller I mentioned earlier. I’ve a paranormal suspense horror that I’ve plotted out, so that’s going to be something I attack, after that. Then, there’s a return to Sci-fi, some script writing for video productions and a possible play or two to produce. I think ‘next’ really just means ‘more writing’.
I’m sure we all hope Hellcats is going to be all it should be for Erada. That’s really all that matters, just now.
19. Where can we find you on the internet?
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