Interview with Serena Malcolm

When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry when I was 7 years old. My first poem was called 'Pink and White Flares'... That says it all really!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting lost in my own world. Nobody can tell me what I can and can't do - it's all up to me and I love that freedom.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? I can't imagine I have any! All I really want is for people to read what I write and feel something. That in itself would mean the world to me.
What are you working on next?
Two ideas are swimming around my brain at the moment. I have already been asked to write another instalment of the Alicia Vaughan chronicles. I also want to write something a bit different, something that will give me the opportunity to tell the stories of a dozen or more Londoners...
Who is your favorite author?
Paulo Coelho hands down. I love everything he's written. Such an inspiration.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children. My family. They're everything to me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With the children. Or (if can escape for five minutes) with a good book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a trashy teen romance novel that I wrote at the age of 15. It ended with the main character rubbing her pregnant belly whilst standing over the grave of her dead teen boyfriend... Tragic in every way!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I really want a Kobo (hint, hint hubby!) but at the moment I just use my phone.
Describe your desk
It's made up of my two legs!! I basically curl up on my sofa with my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South London. It has had a major influence on my writing - It's such a rich and diverse place to live and work and there are just so many stories to tell!
Published 2013-12-28.
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Books by This Author

The Hype
Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 57,050. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Special investigators Alicia Vaughan and Dan Church attempt to unravel the mysterious disappearance of local gang member Rommell Bailey-Grant, aka Striker.