Break The Spell

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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Dangerous Deeds

Beth Prentice is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Westport Mysteries, The Unleashed Mysteries and the Aloha Lagoon Samantha Reynolds Mysteries. Killer Unleashed, her GHP debut novel, received a bronze medal in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Awards. Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life…and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime—people watching!

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Q. What sentences in writing have changed your life?

I’m not sure any writing has changed my life, but one line I wrote definitely affirmed it. It’s from Dangerous Deeds and is something I believe deeply. Discrimination is wrong.

Q. Which book left you empty inside once you finished writing it?

None. I always leave my books on a happy note. I want the reader to close the book and walk away with a smile.

Q. What is the best opening sentence you have written?

“You have dialed emergency triple zero. Your call is being connected.” Invitation to Murder. This line immediately pulls the reader into the action – someone has just phoned emergency – Oh, my goodness! What’s happened? Every reader who reads that first line needs to know the answers and more.

Q. Have you ever read the ending of a book after only reading the first few chapters? If no, why, if yes…why?

Lol, I always read the last page first!! It relieves the anxiety of not knowing what’s going to happen and then I can relax and enjoy the story J

Q. What don’t you want to see in a well-written villain that happens frequently?

I hate it when the villain is just plain bad and doesn’t have any other qualities. Even bad guys believe what they are doing is for good reasons. They’re multi-dimensional and need to be portrayed that way J

Q. Who is the best villain you have written to date?

I think Joe Woods from Dangerous Deeds. He reappears in Deathly Desire, the third instalment in that series. He thinks he’s a great guy and full of love, but he’s seriously evil.

Q. Best closing scene, you have written?

I think it’s the last chapter in Deathly Desire, the third instalment in The Westport Mysteries. We learn what happens to Lizzie and her stalker. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’d made the decision for something bad to happen to a major character in that series. This scene wraps everything up and still gives me the feels when I read it.

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Who knew buying a house could be so dangerous…

Lizzie Fuller bought a lonely, run down old house that pulled on her heartstrings. Why? Probably because it reminded her of herself.

What she didn’t bargain for was the engagement ring and letters of forbidden love hidden under the attic floorboards. Nor the lazy cat, or the drop-dead gorgeous handyman. And she definitely didn’t want the stalker.

As the renovation begins and the house starts to slowly return to its former glory, the letters dog her dreams. Why was the writer forced to turn away from his love? Why was their love forbidden? And why was this all hidden under the floorboards?

Filled with a drive to reunite the ring with its rightful owner Lizzie sets on a journey of lost love, heartache, and public damnation.

But can she restore the house to its former glory, and find who it all once belonged to before her stalker catches up with her? Or will she lose everything…including her life?

Dangerous Deeds is the first book in this light-hearted romantic mystery series. If you like crazy families, fun engaging reads, and a sweet romance, all tied together with a ribbon of danger then you’ll love this first book in The Westport Mystery Series

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Q. What was your inspiration for your Main Character?

Oh definitely me. I would love to go live in medieval France for a while. But I never had that freedom to travel… I married young and had babies. I don’t regret it… they turned out pretty well… but the backpacking and other experiences that so many people take for granted, I can only imagine. So I did.

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Sarah Gribble

Q. The book that made you fall in love with the genre you write?

I don’t have a specific one! I loved Poe and R.L. Stine when I was young, but there isn’t one book or story that did it for me. I’d say I’ve fallen back in love with horror again and again throughout my life. I’ve never really left it, but as with any long-term relationship, things can get stale every so often. Then there comes a book you can’t put down, that you read slower so it doesn’t end as quickly. In horror, the books that stick with me for weeks and make everyday things seem suddenly malignant, the ones that can get my heart beating a little faster, those are the books that make me fall again. Then I get jealous that I didn’t write it, have a little pout about that, then go write.

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Wendy Davies

Q.What kind of research did you undertake when writing?

Ah, this is where I tell you all about that fantastic pub crawl I did through every country hotel in Victoria, putting it all down to research, right? It’s where I talk about all the renovation sites and magazines I devoured. How I worked in a country hotel for a whole day, pulling beers, just so I knew what I was talking about.

I wish I had done all of that. But I didn’t.

I read books. I watched Landline, I lurked around the fringes of country reporting. I looked up hotel licencing requirements online. I researched wills and what you’d need to do if you wanted to contest one. I undertook more than a few online writing courses, figuring out character development, how to craft the perfect ending, and how to pitch my story to potential publishers and agents. Oh, and I broke my ankle while I was rewriting this story, so what Zach experiences when he breaks his ankle is definitely “real”, albeit more glossed over than the actual, lived experience I went through.

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Heidi Kneale

Q.Why do you write romance?

Two reasons: its feminist leanings and the HEA. I love how the heroines in Romance know what they want and will do what it takes to get it, but they are not ridiculed or shamed for wanting what they want. And in the end, not only do they get it but are supported in their triumph. While much of the world may look upon Romance as mindless fluff, I find it rather empowering. I love HEAs because of their optimisticnature. It’s as if they reassure us that good and love and joyful things can triumph in the world.”

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Ruthanne Reid

Q. What authors did you dislike at first, but grew into?

Madeleine L’Engle. I should explain this.

I grew up in the woods, home-schooled, fairly isolated; my parents meant well, but yowza, it was a tree-filled bubble. The only books I had access to were very old; the most recent were publications from the 70s, like edition-number-whatever of LORD OF THE RINGS. The rest were delightful but Deeply Eurocentered books like the Junior Classics Library (I believe this was volume 3) and sweet but kiiiiiinda-racist books like CHI-WEE: THE ADVENTURES OF A LITTLE INDIAN GIRL.

As a result, I had zero exposure to where publishing was actually going – and when I tried to pick up something “modern,” I recoiled in horror. What was this bizarre modernity? First-person perspective? Flawed protagonists? Intentionally bad grammar?
Yeah, for a while, I lost my mind over it, and hated everything written past 1940. But that didn’t last.

What changed it all for me was actually a Dracula book. I loved DRACULA with all my heart, and was starving for more… and one day, at a neighbour’s yard sale, I stumbled across Fred Saberhagen’s DRACULA series.

I wanted vampires enough that I pushed past my weird standards, and once I did, found I didn’t actually want those standards anymore. From there, I moved on to L’Engle (thanks to a church yard sale), Stephen King (purchased on the sly in a train station), and Steven Brust (supplied by a wonderful friend), and finally, I never looked back.

Today, I am an absolute urban fantasy gourmand – something ten-year-old-me would have found Quite Distasteful, Indeed.

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Sasha Cottman

Q.Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I write what I want to read. I think as an author you have a contract with your readers. They want consistency from you. People want the same, but at the same time different. That’s why writing a long series such as The Duke of Strathmore suits me. When I am finished this series is going to be 20 odd books. I love reading those sorts of series.

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Fiona Marsen

Q.What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

It’s perhaps more a case of what literary pilgrimages I would like to go on. One of the big appeals to me in reading is the armchair travel. Which is probably why I was never as interested in Australian authors in my teens. I want to visit Britain for the history and places I’ve heard of, New Zealand because of the descriptions by romance author Essie Summers, and Prince Edward Island because of Anne of Green Gables.

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