Author Interview: Billie Kermack

  1. Name, please!Billie Jade Kermack
  2. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

I’m currently finishing up the third instalment in my Dark PNR series, It should be released around Halloween. I also have a collection of contemporary stand alone romances n the g.

2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

AWOKEN and ASCEND are the first two books available in the series, book three HALLOWED will be released shortly. This dark PNR series follows our protagonist Grace O’Callaghan battling after the untimely loss of her father. Girl meets boy; easily the most common occurrence in most YA/NA friendly novels, this union is different though. Itis a dark modern-day love story that’s more Grimm than Disney; if singing mice and dancing crabs are what you were looking for, this is not the book for you. Seances, time travel, and torture, however – if that’s your thing, you just might fit right in.

Hidden away most of his life, Beau had successfully managed to mask his gift from the world. Having the ability to commune with the dead wasn’t exactly the best conversation starter, and that was okay, he didn’t much like people anyway, until he walked back into Gallows Wood and into Grace’s life. 

The deeper Grace delves into Beau’s world, the further she wanders from the safety of her own. Plagued by the spirit of a sadistic serial killer long dead, Grace must harness what power she can to defeat him and stay alive. Awakening family secrets that Grace could never have imagined to be true begs the question: Had she been surrounded by magic longer than she had thought?

3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

Editing is by far the part of the process I dislike the most.

4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

I love working with a pen and paper, so my favourite part of the process is before I even sit down at a computer. I have random notebooks and loose papers everywhere in my house.

5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

I’ve never thought about this before, is that strange? What jumps to mind is Dean Koontz ability to scare a reader to the point of questioning whether to continue.

6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

After saying something sarcastic and highly inappropriate (as is my nature) I would probably try shifting the blame to a more likely suspect.

7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

I’m currently researching contemporary romances for my next project so I would assume they were playing strip poker, the death of a loved one would be at stake and my protagonist would kick ass with her new witchy abilities because nothing means more to her then those she holds dear.

8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

Firstly you are creating a world that lives in your head, it can be whatever you want it to be so never limit yourself. Secondly you should never worry what people will think about your work, not everyone is going to like your work all the time, you write for the ones that are moved by your creation. Thirdly, know your characters inside and out; things as simple as almost drowning at the age of three or hating the taste of marmite could alter how your character behaves in situations; it’s the little details.

9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

  1. Taking over the book world would be ace and I’m working my butt off to get there but for now, its just writing, writing and more writing. I’m hoping to have my third instalment completed and ready for consumption by October 2021. I also write a blog offering help, tips and advice for other authors like myself The Sable Scribbler – Tips, Tricks, Inspiration and Next level writing

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Book link – (available in ebook, paperback and Audible)

Awoken: Shadowed Veil Series (Audio Download): Billie Jade Kermack, Heather Vicky Walker, Billie Jade Kermack: Amazon.co.uk

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