1. Tell us about yourself, Gina
I’m the author of the dark fantasy series Mortiswood Tales as well as dark fairy tales ‘Always Golden’ and ‘The Pennington Christmas Curse’ as well as other books. I live in Thanet, in Kent in the UK, with my family and Siberian husky. I love shoes, reading, and chilling while watching a good film.
2. What was the first book you read as a child?
I can’t remember the first book I read as a child. I was always reading when I was young and some of my favourites included books by Enid Blyton, the Chronicles of Narnia, and as a teenager books from the Point Horror series. My nose was constantly stuck in a book and I hated having to put a book down to do anything else once I was caught up in a story!
3.I read your blog. You are into both books and fashion just like me. Now that's kind of rare so you can imagine my excitement. Infact, you are now officially one of my favorite authors! So tell us something about that aspect of your personality, who are your favorite designers? What would you not be caught dead wearing? Everything!
Thank you! You’re right I do love both books and fashion. There’s something about both, isn’t there? Both can tell a story. I have a massive shoe collection. I’ve hoarded them over the years and I lost count of exactly how many I own when I reached my 300th pair! I have some gorgeous pairs by ‘Gina’ of London, a pair of which I wore for my wedding and which are encrusted with Swarovski crystals. They are lovely but I am scared of losing the crystals so they are reserved for special occasions only! I don’t really buy designer clothes and shoes, I prefer a bargain so I can afford to buy more. What would I not be caught dead wearing? I would never wear dungarees…I’ve seen them go in and out of fashion several times over the years but they are just not for me, I find them really unflattering on myself. The best clothes have to be the ones which fit well. Oh, and I love vintage fashion…little black dresses, pinched waist jackets, and of course, shoes. I am a bit like a magpie and am drawn to all things sparkly but sometimes I have to tell myself no else my poor wardrobe would burst!
4. What was the inspiration behind your new book Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening.
When I started writing Mortiswood Kaelia Awakening I wanted it to have its roots in the real world with an influence of Norse mythology, fantasy, and fairy tale. I am inspired by the feelings all three of those subjects hold and I wanted to capture the essence of that in Mortiswood.
5. What qualities do you admire most about Kaelia, the book's heroine?
I like how strong Kaelia becomes. No matter how difficult things become for her, no matter how alone she sometimes feels, and how afraid is she, she does not give up.
6. Kaelia? Am already thinking that might be the name of my first child. How did you come up with it?
I think Kaelia is a Gaelic name, I don’t think it is used a lot and I found it while researching little known names as I wanted something slightly unusual.
7. Tell us about Authors Reach.
Authors Reach is a co-operative of authors formed between Richard Hardie, Catriona King, Sarah England, Shani Struthers, and myself. We each write in different genres and brought our skills together as Authors Reach to bring our books directly to readers. Authors Reach books are currently available online on Amazon sites, Waterstones, and Blackwell’s – among others, plus our books are also available to ordered in, in any good bookstore. And of course signed copies can be ordered direct from us on the Authors Reach website.
8. What are your top five favourite books?
It’s hard to pick just five…here goes, in no particular order:
‘The Eternal’ by Mark Chadbourn,
‘Bless The Child’ by Cathy Cash Spellman,
‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte,
‘Time Without End’ by Linda Lael Miller
‘Sacrifice’ by S J Bolton.