Today's Darklight On is ... Janni Nell
How did you come to write speculative fiction? What attracted you to the genre?
The fact that I can use my imagination to its fullest. I like that there are no boundaries in speculative fiction.
Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in-between?
I’m a pantser by nature, but I work more efficiently if I plot. So I’m trying to develop the habit of plotting.
Do you have a favourite of your characters?
I love my new heroine Ellie Oxrider, but I’m also very fond of her cousin, Matilda, who’s a shadowmaster and a bit of a diva.
What are you currently working on?
Another Ellie Oxrider novel.
What is your favourite part of the process of writing?
It’s when the outside world disappears and the words are flowing like a river in flood.
What can we expect from Janni Nell in the future?
More books, I hope. As well as Ellie Oxrider, who I hope will be around for a while, I have a dystopian that’s been rumbling around in my brain. Maybe that will finally get written.
Who are your favourite authors?
Susan Howatch is an all-time favourite. Suzanne Collins for The Hunger Games. Tracey Chevalier, Samantha Hayes, Deanna Raybourn, Tess Gerritsen.
What are you currently reading?
Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier.
Do you have a favourite spec fiction movie or TV series?
Gattaca for movies. The main character has some seriously crappy genes, which means he can’t do the thing he wants most. But he’s a fighter. And he won’t take no for an answer.
TV series do not get any better than Carnivale. I loved that show!!!
Do you have advice for emerging writers?
Be patient, keeping working and improving. Don’t expect to be an overnight success.
Thanks, Janni Nell!
Thanks, Janni Nell!
Ellie Oxrider doesn’t like being the only “normal” member in her family of witches. But Ellie’s life is about to change. First she meets Saxon Darkwood, who claims to be an accountant but knows an awful lot about magic. Then she’s stalked by a shadowy figure that may or may not be real. Plus her aunt’s having premonitions of danger and her grandmother is warning her to stay away from Saxon. Suddenly normal doesn’t seem so bad.
Now it’s Ellie’s job to discover the identity of the shadowy figure, and the truth about Saxon Darkwood. And that’s going to take all the skill and courage she can muster. Things will never be normal again.