Interview with Kirsty Ferguson

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to create worlds that I can immerse myself in, the fact that other people can too is just a bonus.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the second book of the Little Girl series which is due for release in 2016.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's an easy one, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Karly Lane, Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, I actually read just about anything. I'm constantly amazed by the talent out there.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to say my 6 year old son Connor. Then when he's off to school, I write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with my boy, I will read anything and everything, I'm a fair cook and I have OCD so I alphabetise things.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of what I read is recommendations from friends or books I've heard about through Twitter. I love discovering new authors, especially if they have a few books out.
What is your writing process?
I'm one of these weird people that like to type on their mobile phones while walking, so most of my chapters are written on my phone, then when I get in front of my laptop, I know what I want to write, I have a clear direction. I admit to crying while writing emotional scenes and I am not above yelling at my laptop when I'm writing about a character that is evil.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first adult book I remember reading was Stephen King's Cujo. Reading that book when I was nine did something to me. I was instantly captivated by the horror genre. It set me on the path that I walk down today.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything horror, actually, I'll try anything once, usually more than once as I'm a slow learner. Anything that grabs my fancy really.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my iPhone, portable and always with me.
Describe your desk
At the moment, it's a sea of coloured sticky notes as I am in the process of writing my second book. I also have Lego and Minecraft toys on my desk, courtesy of my son.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Albury, in rural New South Wales. My first book Little Girl Dead is set in Albury, so clearly it has made an impact on me. I read that you should write about what you know, hence the setting.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing as long as I can remember. My mum always tells me stories about how I would write story after story, but sadly, they've been lost along the way. I mainly write flash and short fiction, this is my first novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Little Girl Dead has been a labour of love for me. It is the first time I've written anything other than short fiction, so it has been my baby. I am making it into a series, with the next installment due out in early 2016.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have seen other authors do quite well taking the indie road rather than a traditional publishing contract which are hard to come by. I like the idea of having total freedom over my books, writing what I want and when I want.
Published 2015-11-17.
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Severed Heart
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Little Girl Revenge
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