When did you first realise you wanted to write?
When I was still in secondary school and was told by the career’s officer not to talk stupid. She suggested I went to work for British Rail instead!
What was your first book?
My first novel was ‘Whittlewood’ in the modern horror genre, which was published in 1997. It’s gained a little bit of a cult following over the years and is about to be re-issued in both paperback and e-book format. I think it’s amazing that I didn’t want to revise the new edition.
Who or what inspires you?
There are several writers who have influenced and inspired me over the years because of their clever use of language – such as Noel Coward, Simon Raven, Colette, Douglas Kennedy. Describe your reading habits I enjoy thrillers by Lee Child, Clive Cussler’s Oregon series, Nelson DeMille, David Hewson, Scott Mariani, David Baldacci and Andrea Camilleri for their characters. I have to care about whom I’m reading. I usually have something fairly blood-curdling on the go for bedtime reading.
Do you plan meticulously before you start, or go with the inspiration of the moment, or some combination thereof?
None of those things, really. It all begins with an idea … then it starts to ferment until I have the whole plot mapped out in my head, including dialogue. I can’t sit down to write until this process is complete. Then it just flows … it might change direction occasionally or develop a different sub-plot. If I try to plan the whole thing gets bogged down. I approach non-fiction in much the same way. Do you review books?
What kinds of things do you look for in a book?
I will review books for fellow Moon Books authors, especially those who have injected something new into their writing. It might not be a new topic but they might have come at the subject from a different perspective, or have discovered some fresh information. The ‘same old, same old’ approach leaves me cold – and exasperated.
Find Melusine Draco’s books here – moon-books.net/authors/melusine-draco