Curious About Danger: Why I Love To Be Inspired By Darkness

What strikes me as curious about the stories I’ve written so far is how much symbolism from my own life has sneaked its way in without me even being aware of it. I don’t add anything deliberately, so the only conclusion I can come to is that this must happen by the magic of a…

Hell Is… The Fiction Genre Minefield

Nothing drives me crazier than fiction genres. Establishing the correct pigeon-hole for my own work is hard enough, but trawling through the minefield of genres attached to books I want to read is more complex than visiting eight cities in a single day, I imagine – not that I’ve ever tried it. I’ll tell you…

Discover Carla’s Books

Two corporate drones are stuck in a dead-end job they secretly loathe and suspicious deviant Maxwell D. Kalist is their boss. When sexy new recruit, Caitlyn Brichacek, arrives their working world is tipped slowly upside-down, but not in the way they hoped. Bravery, lies and decency are the first threads that begin to unravel. After…

Silent Words, From The Attic Full Of Music In The Fields

When I sat down to write today, I did something different: I decided not to write for a moment. Instead, I listened to the different sounds happening in and around my home. It was enlightening. From this tiny attic writing room in which I work, with its two slanting windows that let in daylight then…

I Know How To Steal Your Time & Make You Stressed

Douglas Adams used to take long baths. Haruki Murakami swims fifteen hundred metres. Kurt Vonnegut drank Scotch and did sit-ups. (Bizarrely, they all involve liquid.) One day I said to myself, you’re a writer now, so what do you do to prepare? And I realised I drive. My mode of transport is an old, tatty…