‘I was only twenty years old when I died. Who would have thought that with death came immortality?’
Britchelstone is plagued by a rampant serial killer targeting young women. Mere weeks after turning twenty, Scarlet Cherie finds herself as his first victim; left to rot on the side of the road, she slips into the darkness, awaiting her mortal fate.
Awaking to find herself in the presence of enigmatic Nikolaos, Scarlet’s life is about to change in ways she could never have envisaged. As the killer continues to strike, Scarlet is thrown into an unprecedented reality where fact and fiction are blurred. With an entourage of preternatural creatures, as well as her own newfound powers, she plots to bring her killer to justice, all the while coming to terms with living a life shrouded in shadows and bloodlust.
At times, catching a murderer seems to be the least complicated aspect of Scarlet’s new life. Living with a vampire and delving into arcane truths have their own dark and daunting complexities…
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I started writing The Fire Within My Heart as a short story when I was on break at work as a creative outlet as I was working in the arts, around so many artists and creatives, and yet not able to do any of my own. These people inspired me and brought out that flare in me I felt I'd lost many years prior. Eventually, it blossomed into a full-fledged novel to which I devoted endless hours, many moons, and so much emotion. Without the weird and wonderful creatives of a particular festival at which I worked, though, it never would have become what it is.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
This is a hard one! Honestly, they just came to me, the way some characters just do. Once I started writing about them, they just began to flow onto paper and became people within their own right who knew their passions, what they love, and hate, and their history. Sometimes, they take a while to reveal themselves to me (those pesky supernaturals can be quite elusive!) but eventually, they share all!
It was at that moment I knew I was seconds away from death. Any release from the pain in my body would be welcome. I thought of my mother, father, friends…of what they would think tomorrow when I hadn't returned home. Who would find my body? What would they do with me? I didn't care, I just needed to be free from the agony.
Death was welcome.
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