I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was spent growing older (my birthday was on Saturday) but it was made bearable by copious amounts of pizza and wine. Hurrah!
After a break over the festive season, I thought it was high time that my ‘Author Introductions’ segment returned. For the uninitiated, this feature shines a spotlight on other established and up-and-coming writers, not only in the crime genre but across a broad spectrum of thriller, women’s fiction and romance to name a few. Over the coming weeks, you’ll meet a host of talented people who are independently or self-published like me, as well as some who have chosen to publish traditionally.
To kick us off for 2018, it’s a pleasure to introduce Emma Clapperton to the blog. Emma is a big fan of supernatural or horror books and James Herbert’s The Ghosts of Sleath was one of the stories that inspired her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series featuring Patrick McLaughlin. Her stories are based in Glasgow, near to the little town where she lives with her husband and ginger cat and where she is working on future projects.
To find out a little more about this lovely lady, I asked her to complete a series of ten short questions which she has kindly agreed to do. Here goes:
- Tell us a little about yourself – don’t be shy!
My name is Emma Clapperton. I’m 32 years old, married and live in Scotland. I have been writing since 2010 and have two novels and a short story published and have self-published another under the pseudonym Alex Kane. I work full time as a Montessori Early Years Educator and Forest School leader with 2-5 year old children. I have a ginger cat who I adore and can often be found on my Instagram page.
- How about your latest book – what can readers look forward to when they pick it up?
My latest novel is called The Dead Whisper. Readers can expect a crime thriller with a supernatural element, when spiritualist medium Patrick McLaughlin gets more than he bargained for when he purchases a manor house in Glasgow. Murder, lies, obsession and deceit are at the heart of this story.
- Who is your hero in real life and in fiction?
I wouldn’t say I have any real life heroes, however in terms of role models/inspirations, I would say every author I have ever read has in some way inspired me to write. I grew up with my mum encouraging me to read and from a very early age I wanted to become an author. I remember asking where books come from and realising that people somewhere had written the stories I was reading. I wanted to be one of those writers.
James Herbert most definitely was the reason I chose supernatural crime as my genre.
- Who are your three favourite writers – and why?
James Herbert, because his books scared me, especially The Secrets of Crickley Hall and Nobody True.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon, because his stories are so deep and I ended up wishing the cemetery of forgotten books to be a real place. The closest I think I’ve come to a place like that is The Trinity College in Dublin. I visited The Long Room in January and was in awe of its history.
Denzil Meyrick. I love DCI Daley and Brian Scott and I love that I understand the dialect. Each story in the series is very different from the last so it keeps it fresh.
- When you’re not writing, what is your favourite way to spend your time?
I like to read. Genres vary, at the moment I am really into horror short stories. Typically I spend time with family and like to shop, more so online these days. I also enjoy the odd craft activity now and then.
- What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I would say definitely writing, completing and then self-publishing my first novel, Beyond Evidence. It has come such a long way since then.
7. What was your favourite book as a child?
I read Amnesia, a Point Horror book and to this day I still think about it. I loved the Babysitters Club books and Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson. I liked Goosebumps books and when I was really little I liked the Puddle Lane stories.
- Have you read any books recently that have really captured your imagination?
My favourite genre to read is psychological thriller and last year I read Behind Closed Doors, Between You and Me and Exquisite and they blew me away.
- If the Prime Minister knocked at your front door and asked to borrow a book, which one would you recommend they read?
Probably something light-hearted as her job is so demanding with so much pressure, the last thing she needs is something that will cause her to think too much. I read Pink Wellies and Flat Caps a few years ago and it really made me laugh. That, and, Why Mummy Drinks. I’m sure she could write, Why Theresa Drinks.
- Finally, if you could be any character from a movie, which would it be?
I’m not sure about movies but TV shows, I’d be Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons. Who doesn’t want to have Dragons as pets? At least flights would be cheaper.
Tune in next time to see who the next mystery guest author is on the lovesuspense blog! Until then, I’m off to carry on writing DCI Ryan’s next adventure. Wishing you all a very happy week ahead 🙂