- Tell us about The Making of Gabriel Davenport.
The Making of Gabriel Davenport is a dark fantasy, set in the present day, a small, English hillside village, but with definite ties to the past. It’s about family, and what happens when a twist of fate tears that family apart. It’s about loyalty and choices and secrets – and the indomitable human spirit of courage and hope in seemingly hopeless situations.
2. How did you come up with the idea for the story?
It started out as a 3,000 word story beginning for a writing competition that I never entered, but something was wrong. When I picked it up again I realised what that was. Originally, Gabriel was a girl, called Erin. Once I changed this, his character fell into place. With this one I had The Manor already set in my mind (years ago I watched a TV series about an old house that was a base for a paranormal research organisation and I’ve always wanted to use that). I’d tried before, but it’s only with this story that I felt like I could do it justice, although there is the odd snippet from a previous attempt in there.
3. Describe Gabriel in a few words. Is he a character readers will look up to or be frustrated by?
Loyal. Determined. Passionate. I did a personality test for him because I’m a little bit nerdy, and he came out as an INFP – a mediator. I love that it fits him so well. If you didn’t know him you would say he was reserved but he has an inner flame, especially when it comes to learning or looking for answers. He is led by the purity of his intent, not by logic, something that gets him into sticky situations. There might be parts of the book where a reader will be screaming at him to stop – but I like to think that they will only be doing that because they care about him.
4. Will this be a series or a stand alone novel?
It’s the first in a trilogy. The second is already written and is in its fifth draft. I’m hoping
to get it out to my beta readers by the end of April. And I have the beginnings of the third, just no time at present to write it!
5. This is your first novel. What can we expect from you in the future? In other words, what, if anything, do you have in the works?
As well as this series I have a short story coming out in an anthology about doomed love, from a global group of writers. All of the stories are illustrated by a separate artist, which lends a unique feel to the whole book.
6. Where is your favorite place to write?
In my study at home. It faces the window so I get my own little view onto the world. I love it when the rain is lashing down and I’m cocooned in my cosy space with my own worlds spinning around me. And it’s close to the kitchen so I am close to countless mugs of tea!
7. Do you have a writers superstition? For example, when I write, I HAVE to have this little wooden box with me to fidget with or I cant write.
I love how we all have our own quirks! I wouldn’t say that I need to do anything in particular, but I do have a lovely heart shaped stone with the word ‘Believe’ etched into it, that I like to pick up and hold some times, so I guess that could be my talisman ☺
8. If you could have one celebrity play Gabriel, who would you chose and why?
Oh, nice question! I’m lucky enough to have had fan art done of Gabriel, and my artist nailed the Gabriel that is in my head. But in real life, maybe Charlie Tahan, from Wayward Pines. He has that little edge of innocence that I feel Gabriel still has, but his character is curious and focused too.
9. Who is your idea audience for The Making of Gabriel Davenport?
Because Gabriel is 15, a lot of people assume that this book is purely YA, but I like to think that it will appeal to many different readers. My oldest character is close to retirement. I’m a firm believer that books don’t have to fit into a certain genre or age range. It’s the story that matters. My audience are readers who enjoy a fast paced, character driven story, whatever their age!
10. What is your favorite book and why?
This is almost an impossible question! The first one I fell in love with was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, probably because I was a pony mad little girl who also spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. There’s a bleakness to this story in many ways, which might be one reason why I am drawn towards the darker side of fiction and characters that make me *feel*. Once I’m emotionally involved, there’s no going back.