I have always written stories, but it wasn't until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it's amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I'm going to write!).
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Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I recall was one I wrote in primary school, in crayon, about a dinosaur. Or maybe it was a dragon. I definitely recall illustrating it with a picture of a green, lizard-like thing. It may have been my best work, sadly now lost to history.
The first longer story I remember writing was when I was about fifteen. It was for a school project; a seedy little story set in an unrealistic ghetto in southern England where I imagined myself as some kind of painfully cool, kick-ass, mafia out-smarting, model-looking, gun-toting hero. I've scaled my ambitions down a little since then and am trying to learn to write realistically rather than aspirationally. Or perhaps my aspirations have simply changed.
Either way, I no longer even attempt to be cool. I live with two cats. Nothing on earth can make you feel less cool than the scathing apathy of a feline companion on whom you dote shamefully. I love my cats. And my pyjamas.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who loved books, and who surrounded me with them from a very early age. They read Winnie the Pooh with me, and Wind in the Willows, and Swallows and Amazons, and every wonderful children's story you can think of.
The biggest fixture in my bedroom when I was a child was a huge bookcase my dad had made in his youth. it's about six feet tall and six feet wide, massively oversized for the small room, that towered over my bed crammed as full as possible with books. When I was bored I would pull them out at random and read them: my dad's old medical textbooks, one about the lifecycle of ants, Gulliver's Travels, a beautiful old bible and scores of others.
I loved that bookcase, and the vast opportunities it seemed to hold, so my dad let me take it with me when I moved out. I still have it at home, now crammed full of my Ancient Greek and Latin textbooks and my husband's medieval English texts, with a select stack of my favourite books from my childhood piled precariously on top.
But my earliest story memories aren't actually from any of those books. They're of my dad, who used to make up a story for us every night he was home early enough to put us to bed, of the adventures of Bertie Beetle and his friends. Bertie lived in a log in our garden, and although I can't now remember any of the hundreds of storylines, the imagined scenes I can recall are almost more precious for that.
The Sovereign series is set in future Europe, in a world in which the human population has been decimated by a blood-borne virus so that only one, small city remains. That city, the Blue, is controlled by a vampiric race called the Silver.
Beyond its boundaries, the world is contaminated by a vaccine that was developed in order to combat the virus.
The protagonists of the series are Julia, a human teenager, and Cameron, a Silver who is millennia old. The series follows them as they address the corruption of the Blue and stand against an ancient enemy who wants to take control of it for himself. Their endeavours bring them face to face with the zombies that the vaccine should have eradicated, and force Julia to reassess everything she thought she knew about the world.
The series is targeted at young adults. The books contain horror, profanity, M/F and M/M romance, and some limited sexual content.
The Sovereign series is a standalone sequel trilogy to the Solis Invicti series.
The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race. The series is targeted at young adults. The books contain horror, profanity, M/F and M/M romance, and some limited sexual content.
The first book in the Sovereign series, a young adult fantasy trilogy set in future Europe. Humanity has been decimated by a blood-borne virus so that only one, small city remains. That city, the Blue, is controlled by a vampiric race called the Silver. The two protagonists of the series will have to uncover its secrets in order to survive the contaminated world beyond its walls.