Australian Speculative Fiction Anthology Vol 1
Belinda Brady – Author of ‘Break the Spell’
Belinda is passionate about stories and after years of procrastinating, has finally turned her hand to writing them, with a preference for supernatural and thriller themes; her love of both often competing for her attention. She has had several stories published in a variety of publications, both online and in anthologies. Belinda lives in Australia with her family and has been known to enjoy the company of cats over people.
Q. What sentences in writing have changed your life?
Way too many to choose from. I adore so many authors and they each have their own talent and unique way of writing that I simply can’t point at one sentence and state it changed my life. If I had to mention one sentence, and this I remember from one of my childhood favourites, is from R.L. Stine’s thriller titled Beach House.
“He slid the glass door shut, closing out the sound of Amy’s last terrified screams.”
That line gave me such chills, and I loved this book so much that I still have my original copy, all these years later.
Q. Have you ever read the ending of a book after only reading the first few chapters?
Reading the end of a book is a weakness of mine, especially if the book comes highly recommended, and I can’t help but spoil things for myself. One book I couldn’t stop myself from reading the ending of was, ‘Gone Girl’, by Gillian Flynn. I was already hooked on the storyline and wanted to see how it ended, but of course I still read the entire book after that little spoiler.
Q. Who is the best villain you have written to date?
My villain in my story, ‘Break the Spell’. I have a fondness for all my villains, but this one really stands out. You’ll have to read my story to find out why!
Q. Which book left you empty inside once you finished writing it?
Though I am yet to write a book, a short story I wrote titled, ‘A Quick Minute’, which can be found in Issue 7 of The Ginger Collect publication, left me feeling empty for what I had done to my main character. Even though I knew her fate when I first thought of this story, it still hurt to write it. I think the normalcy of her situation, before it all goes to hell, is what really hit home for me.
Q. Best closing scene, you have written?
I’m really fond of the closing scene I wrote for my story, ‘Break the Spell’, in this anthology. It’s a wicked little twist and one I thoroughly enjoyed writing.
CONNECT WITH BELINDA ON INSTA – @witchy___woman
Thank You for taking the time to chat to us about your writing and your book.