Sakina Murdock lives with her dog, her partner and his two cats in bonny rural Cumbria and tries to stay out of trouble.
She chats with blackbirds, rescues toads from traffic, protects deer from hunters and writes exciting magical fiction.
Look out for more of her paranormal fantasy books coming soon.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Nope! But I remember the first story I ever read that opened me up to the possibilities of the paranormal: Ronald Welch's The Gauntlet. The idea that it was possible to step back in time and experience someone else's real life was the most exciting prospect I'd ever come across. I think I was about 8. What's more, I realised recently it was a beautifully imagined book. While visiting South Wales, I came across an immense and foreboding castle called Careg Cennen. As I stared at it, I blurted out that it reminded me of the castle in The Gauntlet (which I hadn't read in 35 years). Turns out the castle in that story was the exact same one. Love it!
Describe your desk
My desk, alas, is a mishmash of scraps of junk, craft tools, crystals, a three-legged toad sculpture, christmas lights, bottles of essential oils, pens and pencils, my laptop and monitor, hastily scribbled notes on pieces of coloured paper, several 'desk tidies'---testimony to my failed attempts to maintain some level of order---and countless glasses, often filled with different soft drinks, because for some reason I must have variety in everything I do.
Inayat isn't a witch. She's a not-quite-ordinary twenty-something, screwing up her life one failed date at a time. But when she dumps the wrong magician, Inayat finds herself in a bubbling cauldron of paranoid fear. Inayat has only dabbled in magic before, but now she must learn fast or lose for all eternity.