Monday, 10 September 2018

#MondayMeet - Deborah A Stansil / @randommusings29

Monday Meet Author Q&A
This Monday we're thrilled to have Deborah A Stansil talking to us about about her novel The Asylum Tour.

What inspired you to write The Asylum Tour?
I was sick and tired of reading horror books that consisted of weak female characters that always looked to the nearest man for solutions or acting all 'damsel in distress'. I wrote this book because I wanted a horror book where the female characters acted like people who could think for themselves.

You are Pict's favourite kind of author. Strong female characters is our mantra! So, where is The Asylum Tour set?
The book is set in an asylum. I chose this setting because it was the perfect setting to blend the past with the present and create that spooky atmosphere.

Who is your protagonist?
The book's main protagonist (although there are actually three very different woman whose stories are interwoven throughout the story) is Jeannie, a reporter who is determined to uncover the truth of the real motivation behind the asylum tour – especially as she has her own connection to its past.

We love multi-narrative stories at Pict too - we like books that question the norm. So, how long was the process from idea to publication?
I'd been toying with the idea of a story set in a 1950s asylum for a while but I wasn't really sure where I wanted to go with and then one day, inspiration hit and I knew that this scenario would be the backstory to a bigger picture. 

Once that became clear, I spent a couple of days outlining and around four weeks writing the book. By the time I'd edited, re-wrote and edited again, the book took around five months to complete.

Do you have any writing routines?
Not really. As a full time writer, writing is a huge part of my day, but if inspiration strikes outside of my working hours, I don't waste the opportunity.

What have you learned anything during this process?
The Asylum Tour is my third novel and I believe writing is a constant learning curve. Your characters often show you ideas you hadn't considered and a completely different viewpoint to your own. 

I think writing this book I learned that everyone has the potential to be a hero  even the most unlikely people can come through in the end.

I love that our own characters can surprise us  it's like they have minds of their own. Thank you for taking the time to talk to us and good luck with The Asylum Tour.

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