“Sloane Murphy is the author of the international bestselling series, The Immortal Chronicles, as well as a range of other paranormal and contemporary romance. Sloane lives in Peterborough, England, with her husband & fur baby and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for cheesy YA Films, cupcakes and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales, ballet and all things supernatural, drinks far too much coffee, and watches an ungodly amount of Netflix. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the world with her husband and chocolate Labrador.”
Where are you from?
“I’m from a small city in England, lived here all my life, but I love to travel and have been fortunate to see some amazing places around the world.”
What is your favorite genre to write or read?
“To write is paranormal, its so much fun building worlds, changing the dynamics of what ‘should’ be. To read, that changes regularly. I adore both paranormal and contemporary though.”
Who/What inspired you to write the Shadow Walkers Saga?
“Remy popped into my head back in 2018, I had her base story and who she was written down for a long time before I actually wrote the story. One of my best friends encouraged me to write it, I think her exact words were, why the fuck not? She’s been with me through the whole saga, its been amazing. As to who/what inspired Remy, she came to me in a daydream, and the rest as they say, is history.”
Which character in the Shadow Walkers Saga is your favorite and why?
“Remy will probably always be my favourite because she came first. I feel like I know her as well as I know myself. But I have quite a few favourite secondary characters, including Morgan and Caleb.”
What is the hardest part when you create a character?
“The hardest part is not changing their story. Writing Remy hurt me at times, her journey was such a rollercoaster, but I didn’t want to diminish her story by not telling the hard parts. It’s the same with all of them. You learn them so well, and love the characters, so writing their sadness, their pain, that’s the hardest part. Staying true to their story.”
Which book, if you could pick one, did you enjoy the most to write?
“Oh man, that’s hard… I think I enjoyed writing Addies story the most (The Immortal Chronicles), because she was my first. But I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve written.”
I enjoyed the Summer Princess (Dark Fae #1). Will there be more books in the series?
There will be, Winter King, Dark Fae #2 is due out early 2021. It was always planned to be a duet, but anything can happen.
Is there any new project you working on?
“I’ve just wrapped up the first story in the Shadow Walker world, so my next steps are wrapping up Dark Fae and Black Water Academy, then I’m moving on to some other stories in the Shadow Walker world, but I do also have some other secret projects in the work that I’ll announce during 2021.”
Official release date: 12 December 2020
When did you write your first book and was it ever published?
“I think I wrote my first story when I was about 11, and no it will never see the light of day aha. My first actual book I wrote is still unpublished and sits in the depths of my hard drive, I wrote that when I was about 21…. I didn’t publish until I was 27, so there are a good few stories in the archive.”
What do you think makes a great story?
“I think good characters are the key to a great stories. Characters who are easy to love/hate. That you know so well they could be real people. You know their likes/dislikes, the foods they love, their reactions. Characters that could be real. If I love the characters then I’ll enjoy their journey.”
Who inspired you to become an author?
“That is another friend. Before I was a published author, I had written for, well, ever… but I was a blogger, a hardcore reader, and I dabbled in design work too. A friend encouraged me to move forward with my own works, and so I decided to take a chance. Best decision I ever made.
As for who inspired me to write… I’ve been a book worm my entire life. My parents would literally take away my books and make me go outside to play as punishment as a child rather than not let me go out to play. I’ve always been a pretty hardcore introvert. I don’t remember the first book I read, but I remember falling in love with the works of Danielle Steel, Meg Cabot, Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks, J.K Rowling, Francine Pascal when I was very young, and by that I mean like 8-10 years old. They are the ones who taught me I could lose myself in a world that wasn’t reality, and my dream grew from there.”
Is there any advice you would like to give unpublished authors?
“Own your craft. Learn your craft. Remember that the more you write, the more you grow. Invest in yourself – a great editor and cover can make all the difference to your story, and with how hard it is to actually write that story, it is worth giving it the polish it deserves. Learn ads. Learn marketing. Do not ever think you know it all, because the indie world is always changing. Nothing is ever the same, so do not fall into that trap. Always adapt and be willing to do so.
Most importantly though maybe, is find your tribe. The ones who will celebrate your successes rather than belittle them or be jealous of them. The ones who will commiserate with you in the bad times. That will be there at 6am on zoom when you need to cry about all the shit that is going on. THEY are the ones that you through. They’re the ones who will be honest with you no matter what.”
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I want to thank Sloane Murphy for participating in the December 2020 Author Spotlight.
Interview done by: https://www.facebook.com/hvdbbooklife