The Next Big Thing

We’ve been tagged by the lovely Lacey Dearie to do this blog post and we’re really looking forwards to it. Basically, we answer ten questions about our current work in progress, and then tag five other writers who will tell you all about their current WIPs. Or they’ll have to do a forfeit. Ok, we made the forfeit bit up, but had you sweating there for a minute, didn’t we? 😉 Technically we’re cheating a bit as Soul Asylum’s actually ready for release but the only other things we’re working on are editing short stories as as we’re preparing Soul Asylum for it’s debut, we’re counting it as our WIP.

What is the working title of your book?
 Soul Asylum. Actually it’s been Soul Asylum since the start and we refuse to change it. It’s perfect.
Where did the idea come from for the book?

Honestly can’t remember. We’re terrible at these sorts of questions. Uh…we’ll go with…we put 20p into a gumball style machines, a little ball popped out and inside was the idea for the book.

What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal Horror
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Shame Johnny Depp’s too old for Phineas. He’d be perfect! Sod it, he can pass for 23 can’t he? He’s hired! Would like to use unknowns ‘cos we don’t picture actors when we write. We’re probably alone in this.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Mason Strider arrives at Ravens Retreat to expose the ghost tours as a con. Instead he exposes the asylum’s twisted heart.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

Self published. Indie all the way!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

started it 31st Jan 2005, finished it 13th Sept 2005.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Aw this is where we look all uneducated by staring blankly. *Guiltily admitting to not having read many ghost novels. Any ghost novels.*


Who or What inspired you to write this book?

We can barely remember what happened last week, let alone what was inspiring us seven years ago! Pixies. If in doubt, blame the pixies.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The asylum is based on Denbigh asylum, the very one we were kicked out of when we tried to get inside 😀 Here’s the blurb –

The blood wanted to prick a conscience that couldn’t bleed.

Poe could keep his telltale heart.

I couldn’t hear it beating.

Ravens Retreat harbours a sinister secret. Inside its blackened heart lurk the ghosts of patients and staff who died when the asylum was burned down in 1904. Over a hundred years later, the West wing survives and now the patients want revenge.

Their eternal repose is disturbed by a malevolent poltergeist and the ghost tours led by the asylum’s resident, Phineas Soul, which attract the attention of journalist Mason Strider. His attempts to expose Phineas as a fraud have catastrophic consequences when it’s Ravens Retreat’s dark heart that’s exposed as it awakens to claim the lives of those who dare to enter its brutal past.

Their sanity begins to erode as the ghostly East wing returns to haunt them. And when Ravens Retreat rises from its ashes, all that will remain are the patients’ dying screams.

Some things should never be disturbed.

Soul Asylum is released October 2012 and will also be available in paperback. Once we sort out our sodding tax.
Now to tag our victims!
Anya Breton
Elaine Allen
Gena Mantz
Rebecca Fisk
Andrew Patterson