This book intrigued me from the beginning with a teenage girl using a lot of complicated equipment and passion to expose psychic scammers who were fleecing people out of money. It was clear from the outset that Elan was a strong character and would not back down to anybody. We learn a little about her life before she is beseeched by her gran to find her mother who has gone missing in Egypt during a psychic mission. Elan, despite her troubled relationship with her mum goes to find her and gets whipped up into a mystery involving Ramsey who is able to call the evil spirits to his aid as well as the Soul Cutter himself.
This book kept me hooked throughout and the story, I felt, flowed well with a good pace. I did find Elan a little difficult to accept as a main character, she was quite gritty and standoffish but as the book went on her character developed further and I found that towards the end she had really grown on me.
The Soul Cutter is an action packed ride of supernatural goodness!
Where are you from I’m from the North East of England.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I grew up in a positive and influential environment where I was encouraged to pursue what I loved doing: reading and writing. English was always be favourite subject at school because I loved writing then and when it came to going to Uni I specialised in English then too.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Alice: I’ve recently had my short story ‘Dealing in Death’ published in Undead Legacy. It’s an anthology of zombies! What more could you ask for! 23 stories with some fantastic forewards and great artwork too, all brought together by JEA Wetworks is a brilliant, dark read by some of the most brilliant up and coming authors.
Routine is something that is carried out on a regular basis, usually in the same way. It could be almost habitual. Most of us at one time or another fall into routine. That’s not at all to say that it’s a bad thing. Majority of jobs are 9-5 and you go through the routine of getting ready every morning, working for eight hours and driving home during the rush hour traffic. You get into the routine of enjoying having weekends off but moping on a Sunday night because you’re going back to work the next day. There are many different types of routines in life and many different types of people who practice them.
Routine used to be something I needed, a solid structure and a plan moving forward. Moving into a working world where I work a variety of shifts a week, have different days off every week and have to structure my day according to other people has changed the way I view it. Sure I still love a bit of habitual daytime but I am embracing the change that comes with my job.
And I’m taking it into other aspects of my life. I have never sat and written at a particular time every day. It just wouldn’t be feasible for me. When I started my No Zero days as my new year resolution, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to say, ‘At 9pm everyday I will sit and write.’ Instead, my writing is dictated by my day and I’m okay with that. Changing things up in terms of the times I write as well as the places I write always keeps me on my toes. Sure there are days when it doesn’t work so well and my word count is minimal to say the least, but there are days when I find I’m in a certain place and it just hits me and I’m able to write and write and write.
I think there is also routine in our daily lives in terms of comfort zones. Nobody likes being pushed out of a comfort zone. It leaves you with that horrible, icky, insecure feeling and you constantly worry about whether you’re doing the right thing at the right time at the right place. I used to be a stickler for staying in my boundaries. I hated doing anything out of the ordinary that I wasn’t sure of or didn’t understand. Even in my social life, changing the pub we were meeting at was a big gasp moment for me. Now, working in the field I do, I have grown in confidence because I know I need to be that person. I’m there to support people and they need somebody strong to be that role model. That is what I’ve become. I face challenges outside of my comfort zone on a daily basis and yes I do still get flustered and angry and even scared, but I do it and then you know what, the sense of achievement that I get in that moment is amazing.
Do you have particular routines you follow? Do you prefer to work in a habitual way or do you go with the flow of your day/week? How about your comfort zone, how far is too far?
Wow, I feel like so much has happened in the past few weeks I don’t even know where to start!
I got back from an amazing holiday in New York on Tuesday rather dog-eared and tired but happy nonetheless. I’ve been to America before to the South so New York was an entirely different experience. I loved it, most of it! I found that the city moved with a pace beyond belief and it was so hard to keep up with everything and everyone there. We did all the tourist things you would expect like visiting the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and Central Park. We ate lots of amazing food, went to see Wicked (which is amazing by the way!) and celebrated my aunt’s birthday with champagne and cupcakes. It certainly was a treat and one that I would repeat, though maybe not for a while! I love travelling. I always find that it makes me think about what I have at home and what I might take for granted, and so it encourages me to be happier in life. Does anyone else get that?
A shot of Central Park taken from the Top of the Rock in New York!
There will be some more pictures to follow this blog post but I’m still trying to catch up with everything!
A few days after I got back I received my copy of Undead Legacy through the post! That’s right, the zombie anthology in which my short story Dealing in Death is featured, came to my door. I have my very own copy and let me tell you, it not only looks cool but it feels cool! I cannot wait to read through all the fantastic stories in this anthology!
I’m back at work now and you know something, I think it has to be the first time I’ve gone back to work after a holiday and not been dreading it. I am so lucky to have such an amazing job. Do any of you feel like that? What would be your perfect job?
The other very exciting thing is that I’ve hit the huge milestone of 1000 likes on Facebook! It’s a huge achievement for me to know that that many people are following and interesting in my work. So much of an achievement in fact that I’m running a little giveaway… check it out on my facebook page: http://facebook.com/alice.j.black.doors