... joins me on the blog today. Hi Kateri, thanks for making time to be here today.
Tell me what is your latest release?
KS My debut novel, Forgive
Me is a sci-fi horror about a journalist who is hired by an
entrepreneur to pen an article for his online business. After a couple of brief meetings with this
client, she wakes up chained to a bed in his home.
Forgive Me focuses on societal issues such as
violence in entertainment, our fascination with the serial killer and our love
of everything evil.
It was published on Tuesday 20th April
2021 from indie publisher, darkstroke and is available in e-book and paperback
AW What first got you into writing and why?
KS I remember being in love with
books, audiobooks, movies and music as a kid. Reading, watching, listening to a
story unfold was always something I liked.
I loved getting lost in the characters and what was happening, it made
me forget about the world and escape from any stresses that were going on in my
life. I guess why I started writing was
that it was just a natural thing to me.
It just happened. I have to do
AW You write dark fiction and your central character is
an investigative journalist. Is it all
imagination or do you also undertake research?
KS I did do a little bit of
research for the journalism part. Other
than studying a fraction of it at uni, I read a couple of articles where an
investigative journalist was hired by an outside source to produce a story.
AW And what about other types of writing? Have you ever dabbled with short stories,
for instance, or other genres?
KS When I was at university, I
studied prose, poetry (which I suck at but hugely admire the people that can
pull it off), writing for the screen, radio, for stage and nonfiction writing
such as journalism. I enjoyed studying
them all (except poetry) but prose and writing for the screen stuck out to me
I’m a multiple genre writer and reader. As Kateri Stanley, I write horror,
supernatural thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy.
I write crime thrillers and dramas and the occasional romance under
another pseudonym. I may reveal the name in the future, who knows.
When I first started writing for practice as a kid, I
wrote fan fiction in the form of short story novellas about TV shows like Buffy
the Vampire Slayer. In my early 20’s, I
wrote my first original short story called Hard Way Home and continued to pen
shorts, you can find all of my original short stories on my website if you want
to have a peep.
In my mid-to late 20’s, I discovered audio plays
online and began to scribble my own ideas and then aspiring voice actors were
bringing them to life. During this
time, I made the decision (while I was working and studying) to write my first
novel, Forgive Me.
|Kateri's work station|
AW Famous authors, such as Roald Dahl and Dylan Thomas,
had a special space for writing. Do you have a writing ‘shed’ of your
KS Before I had a durable place
to concentrate, I wrote everywhere. In
my bed, on my phone on the train going to and from work, on my ipad, in my
head, on a napkin in a coffee shop when I forgot my notepad. After I moved in with my partner, I can
finally write in a study/office!
AW Finally, if you had a whole afternoon to yourself and could choose to spend it with any one individual, living or dead or a character from a book, who would it be, and what would you want to discuss?
KS I’d probably choose Tyrion
Lannister from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice Series. You might know it as the internationally
acclaimed TV series called Game of Thrones.
Tyrion is an intelligent, brave and witty guy, he
could tell me lots of things about what’s it like to live in Westeros and how
he copes with all of the back stabbing and treachery and the hard work that
comes with running a kingdom. We’d
spend the afternoon drinking and eating, it’d be fab!
And… Peter Dinklage (who plays Tyrion in the show) is
pretty gorgeous too! :D
the author… Kateri Stanley is a British author who graduated from The
Open University with a degree in Arts and Humanities and worked for the
National Health Service for eight years. When she’s not writing stories, you
can find her binge-watching films and TV shows, making tons of playlists for
her writing projects and dabbling in the occasional video game. She currently
resides in the West Midlands with her partner, they are hoping to be cat
parents very soon.
about the book… A secret video tape. A painful truth. A quest
Susan ‘Stripe’ McLachlan who is constantly hounded by
eager documentarians for interview requests about the Night Scrawler
murders. One of the victims of the
mysterious serial killer was a member of her own family, her father.
At the peak of her career, her services are sought by
Isaac Payne who commissions her to write an article for his website. Usually, her projects delve into more
uncomfortable, questionable topics, but there’s a deep, almost hauntingly
familiar pull about her new client that intrigues her.
As she learns more about Isaac, Stripe digs up fresh
secrets about the murders, arousing her suspicions. After an awkward confrontation, she wakes up in Isaac’s bed —
with a chain around her ankle.
Isaac shows her harrowing footage on an old VHS
tape. The contents hits close to
home…closer than Stripe ever imagined.
Now, she has to wrestle with her own moral compass and unpick the truth
from the web of lies that turn into a crescendo where memories created from
misery and suffering cannot be silenced.
Will Isaac ever lay the past to rest? And how will Stripe cope with the
revelations that challenge everything she has ever known?
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