Can you ever outrun the mist? A camping trip with a friend’s family, with a campfire to sit around and tell scary stories – except Rosie’s dad says this one is true. According to legend, the house across the lake hosts a strange curse, a missing daughter and a threat that anyone who ventures close will meet the same fate. Rosie and Jenny shrug the story off, but as events escalate, it becomes crystal clear that the curse is real and someone else is the next target.
Although they try to deny the truth, a note from an unlikely source confirms their deepest fears. Lies unravel, allies form and the truth about what happened back then threatens to come to light. But one answer remains shrouded, haunting all involved: Will they escape the mist before it comes for them or are they doomed to be lost forever?
What is your book about?
Devil’s Mist is about two girls who hear about a strange legend when they are camping. It’s about a house across the lake from where they are. The girls then decide that they want to investigate it which then sets in motion the rest of the book’s plotline… is the curse real?
When did you know you wanted to write a book, and why this one? What was your inspiration?
I have always been interested in stories. I used to love reading when I was a child and I decided that I wanted to give it a try. I normally write school-based mystery stories and so for this one I decided that I would try something different. After coming up with a few ideas, I liked this idea and so I decided to try, and it resulted in Devil’s Mist.
How long do you write each day?
It depends, but I try to write at least one hour a day.
Where do you like to write?
I don’t have a preferred space; I just write where I can and when I can.
What was the most valuable piece of advice you’ve had about being a writer that you’d like to share with others?
Always make sure that you have a notepad and pen on you. This is mainly because you don’t know when inspiration will strike. I always write things down. If you don’t like it later, you can always cross it out later.
What was the hardest part of writing this book? What was the best?
To me the hardest part of writing this book was making sure that my characters acted as they should. A few of them have dark secrets, whilst another of the characters isn’t from the same timeline. She’s been involved in something major and it resulted in her being trapped.
The best part of writing the book was writing the ending, where the children outwit the bad guy. It’s an amazing thing to show the children that just because they are young it doesn’t mean that they can’t do things.
What has been your favourite part of the publishing process?
This is easy. I think most people will agree, seeing your book in print for the first time. It’s an amazing experience and something you will look back on for the rest of your life.
Do you have plans for another book?
I always keep notes around the house. If I get inspiration for another story, then, of course, I’ll be writing again. I always like to write when I’m inspired, otherwise you are just wasting your time because what you write won’t make sense.