Iseult Murphy lives on the east coast of Ireland with two cats, five dogs, a kakariki and a couple of humans. She writes horror, fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. Her work has appeared in over a dozen venues, including Alban Lake's Drabble Harvest, Newmyths.com and the Drabblecast audio fiction podcast.
What tools do you use to help you plot?
I put quite a lot of work into plotting out a story before I write it, but I don't use any special software, usually just a pen and paper and MSWord. I start by sketching out the structure - beginning, middle, end at the most basic - and fill in the details for each section, then write notes on theme, mood and character at the side of the page. When I am satisfied with the story on paper, I type my notes up in MSWord and start filling out the details. If I get lost once I start writing, I come back to my initial paper sketch to remind me what the major feels, themes and events are that I want to portray.
What are you working on next?
I am currently putting together a collection of my horror short stories for publication, as well as finishing a dark fantasy novella and preparing to start work on a novel set in the same world as my story, 'A Tracker Becoming'.
To save her brother, Pia ventures into the forest to find Mother Arachne. The old witch tells Pia that she must enter her brother's dreams if he is ever to wake again. Will Pia succeed, or will she too succumb to the lure of the Dreamwalker?. A fantasy adventure suitable for all ages.
What if the past didn't stay in the past? Ebony, space mutant and escaped slave, wants to travel back in time even though she knows she can't change it. Will she find what she seeks, or will she regret her return to Hades?
Cory and his uncle, Jimmy, are tasked with helping a ghost pass on to the other side, but things don't go as planned for the zombified detective and his long suffering nephew. A sequel to Dead Jimmy and the Selkie.
Published: August 4, 2018.
Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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