Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
Hi, I’m Iseult. I love writing, reading and watching horror, fantasy and science fiction. I have two collections of short stories available for purchase on Amazon, and my first full length horror novel available for preorder. I post book reviews, author interviews and writing updates on my blog, and I love connecting with others on twitter.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
I have a collection of horror shorts and flashes, called Zoo of the Dead and Other Horrific Tales, a collection of horror, fantasy and science fiction short stories called Return to Hades and Other Adventures, and I’ve a horror novel, 7 Days in Hell, the first in the 7th Hell series, available for preorder now. It launches on May 5th.
Where can they be found?
My short story collections are available everywhere as ebooks, and in print format from Amazon. At the moment, 7 Days in Hell can only be preordered for kindle on Amazon, but it will be available in both electronic and print in May.
Do you have any current WIPs?
Yes! I’m working on finishing the rest of the books in the 7th Hell series, as well as a horror novella that will be published later this summer. I am also writing a dark fantasy novel.
How are they going?
I am working on the process where I’m developing a project, writing one, getting feedback on one, editing one, preparing one for publication. It requires a lot of juggling.
What got you into writing?
I’m the youngest of ten children, and my whole family loves reading and writing. My mother published five children’s books in the 1990’s. One of my sisters has an MA in children’s fiction. I’ve always been around people who value stories and books, so I suppose it is only natural that I started writing.
What keeps you focused?
It is very bad for my mental health if I don’t write, so that’s one element. The other is that there’s something addictive about publishing once you’ve got a few stories or books out there. It’s lovely to think of people reading your work and it coming alive in the minds of others. Now that I’ve started self publishing, I’m enjoying having control over a release schedule, who designs my covers, etc. It’s a lot of work, but it is rewarding too.
What gives you inspiration?
Anything and everything. I get a lot of ideas from my nightmares. They’re very vivid and frightening. I had to learn to control my dreams when I was a child so I could cope with my nightmares. I like observing animals and the little quirks of life. There’s a story in everything.
How do you battle writer’s block?
I’ve had a lot of mental health problems over the last ten years, and it has made it very difficult to write. What used to be as natural as breathing now requires a lot of effort, and I find it very difficult to judge whether it works or not. The way I cope with this is to write. It’s hard, but the more I write, the easier it gets. It’s like rehabbing a physical injury. You have to push yourself a little, even when you find it tough.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
Through a series of events, life has led me down the path of self publishing.
What made you make that choice?
I did a writing course and one of the assignments was to publish a short story. I decided to collect some of my horror shorts together and publish them as a book. The process was much less painful than I thought it would be, and I loved the control it gave me. I could choose the cover design, the release schedule, and the format. It’s really wonderful that people are reading my work. Sometimes I have to pinch myself. It’s a lot of work, and it’s expensive in both time and money, but for the moment it is the right choice for me.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
Imposter syndrome is huge with writers, and I can’t believe anyone considers me an author! It is lovely to have books published and be interviewed and get to talk about my writing. Maybe one day I won’t feel like a fraud anymore.
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
You can find out about my books and read my book reviews, author interviews and blogs about writing at https://iseultmurphy.com
Drop by twitter and say hi @AuthorIseult
My goodreads profile is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6472612.Iseult_Murphy
And you can find my books on my amazon author page