Caroline Gebbie lives in South Yorkshire, England with 2 dogs, a number of fish and a husband.
She has always been an avid reader of horror and suspense and loves all tastes from the old Pan Horror books to modern horror. Her favorites include, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Graham masterton and Shaun Hutson.
She has written most of her life, though did take time out to be an Accountant. Realizing the horror that entailed, she returned to her first love, fiction.
She currently has one novel published as well as a short story and is working on two more horror/thriller books which will be released in 2013.
She likes her horror to have the cringe effect, so be warned.
She wishes you many Spooky Nights.
What inspires you to write?
I have always written. I escaped into books at an early age because I had to spend two hours a day on the school bus. Fiction was a way to escape a horrendous journey. I love to day dream and was always making up stories, then writing them down and could not stop them from wanting to be written.
I have always been a big fan of horror/thriller type novels and this is the area that inspires me. Thinking up new ways to kill people is just fun!
I also love dogs and they manage to sneak into my books adding a little humour and, in my mind, reality. I am currently working on a collection of stories that involve dogs, some of which will have a hint of horror.
What inspires me to write? I just write, it’s what I have always done and I think it is what I need to do.
Tell us about your writing process.
I always start with a what if situation. My new novel Flee, started with what if people were immortal? I think it is something we are obsessed with, with vampires being so popular and the other books/films such as Highlander. I got to thinking what if immortality had a price? The book grew from there.
I like to plot, giving myself a beginning, middle and end and filling in plot points in between. I then work on my characters, filling them out so that I know how they think, and how they would react. I like to get an idea of the person in my mind. Then when I sit down and write I have a framework. Often as I am writing the story will evolve and change from the original plot, it is not set in stone, but it gives me a skeleton on which to hang the story.
I speed write and then spend a lot longer editing, but the original story is usually quick and easy for me to get down.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I will often close my ideas and put myself into my characters. then I see how they would react at certain times and what they would say. I may ask another character a question and watch for reactions. My characters are very real, at least while I’m writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice is to write as much as you can and read as much as you can. Read and write in the same genre and if you get stuck pick up a book and see how the author tackled the writing. If I struggle over descriptions or situations I have a book on my desk and just read and dissect a passage and then start writing again.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Having recieved a few rejections slips but still feeling my writing was better than some published work I decided to self publish with Amazon. Why Amazon? Because it is so easy and you have access to such a wide audience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it has never been better. My only worry is that there are a number of books being published that have been very cheaply ghost written and that these may knock the publics confidence in Amazon kindle books
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Horror, Thriller, Supernatural
What formats are your books in?
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