ABOUT THE BOOK****
Two men from two different generations, both initiated into a powerful organization that throughout history has sought control and uses their power for destruction. They leave behind a wake of murder, manipulation and ancient secrets. The first man wreaks havoc in and around the Whitechapel district of London, England in the 19th century. While the other stalks his victims in the cosmopolitan city of Seville, Spain in the 21st century; knowing that only he could uncover the true motives of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers—Jack the Ripper.
Dreamers today’s Interview is with the author of Initiated to Kill Sharlene Almond
First, I am excited to be doing this interview ***
- When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed dabbling in writing as early as I can remember, but things kept on coming up that prevented me from just sitting down and writing a novel.
But finally, something happened that allowed me the time to really look at writing a full length novel. About eighteen years old, I finally thought, ‘right, I want to do this’. And that’s when I sat down and decided now or never.
- What is your inspiration for this book?
I’ve always had a notebook that I’ve jotted down ideas that I want to write about. One idea caught my attention, and when I started research on it, things fell into place.
I didn’t really have something in particular that inspired me, but I’ve always enjoyed reading thrillers/mysteries, so that’s what I wanted to write about. The more research I did, the ideas just kept flowing. But it wasn’t until I started to edit Initiated to Kill, that I began to see how interesting it would be to include the historical element to it.
Going from past and present enabled me to explore a whole other dimension, and give more meaning to the present-day plot line. The Jack the Ripper angle was only supposed to be a quick mention, but reading more about the conspiracy angle that surrounded it, I knew I had to write about it.
But I didn’t want it to be like other Jack the Ripper books or movies, something different, someone different. Patricia Cornwall’s book – The Portrait of a Killer, reveals another suspect to the never-ending discussion of who this infamous killer was.
And so, I delved into the mind of a killer. Detailing about this man’s life, going into the psychological workings of this eccentric man and bringing him to life. And in the same way, I did this more my present-day characters as well. As the character’s lives are written almost like mini sub-plots, a lot is revealed about the inner psyche of the characters.
- Where do you write?
I write at home, on my laptop. Being able to write, going by my schedule is the ideal.
- Who Designed you book cover?
The illustrator through my publishing company got me to write down a few things that relate to the book, and from there they put the cover together. The main thing I wanted was the painting of ‘Ennui’ by Walter Sickert; a crucial aspect in the novel.
- Who is your favorite author?
D.M Mitchell, Robert Harris and Raymond Khoury are some of the authors that write the type of books I enjoy, and contain aspects that I like to include in my books as well.
- What is next for you a movie or another book ?
I’ve finished editing my second book, while studying the Diploma in Body language. But I have written four in total, so eventually I am hoping to keep publishing my books, and one never knows…
- Is this your full time job?
I’m a trained Cognitive Behavioral therapist, but continuing further study with Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Body Language; so writing and studying are the main things I am focusing on right now.
- What would you do if you could not write?
I always have my plan B, which is to work from home as a counsellor; ideally being further trained in Post-traumatic stress disorder.
- What advice would you give to anyone that wanted to be an author?
Make sure you enjoy what you write about. It’s easy to go to a topic that is well-known, or commonly written about. But if you don’t enjoy what you write, then a person will probably give up. Some people just have it in them to write, others need a bit of coaxing, but writing is just another artistic outlet that hopefully one day will pay off.
Don’t put off what you can do today. Life is too short to make excuses for not writing, instead look at why you should write. Most likely, a person will look back and wonder why they hadn’t done it sooner.
Thank you so much for taking time to do this interview ***
A bring star in mystery!!!
The magic in her writing made you think that the words flew off the page, as you read this amazing tale. The characters flows with a rhythm that is rare in books today. Ms. Almond tackle each character one step at a time; to merge the present and the past. There is suspense and mystery is at every twist and turn it will leave you breathless. Annabella and Valero, both wounded spirits, bring you into their worlds with haunting insights
Initiated to kill was a thrill of a read. The winning points of the book is from the author’s ability to bring her character to life.