Todays's Darklight On is ... Janni Nell
How did you come to write speculative fiction? What attracted you to the genre?
As a kid, I loved fairy tales. The Allegra Fairweather books had a lot of fairy tale elements so I guess you could say I never grew up. LOL. In recent times, I’ve been moving more toward the mystery genre, although paranormal elements still creep in.
Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in-between?
A pantser who is slowly learning to plot. Plotting cuts rewriting and saves so much time.
Do you have a favourite of your characters?
My favourite character is usually the one I’m spending most time with, so at the moment it’s Natasha Bolde, the heroine of the Bolde & Baulsey series. Tash has been very sceptical of the existence of the paranormal, but in Dead Monk Walking she has to put aside her long-held beliefs and accept that there really are things that go bump in the night.
What are you currently working on?
The second Bolde & Baulsey mystery. I’m having a ball with this series.
What is your favourite part of the process of writing?
I really like the editing process. Getting notes from my editor helps so much. I’d be lost without her.
What can we expect from Janni Nell in the future?
In the short term more Bolde & Baulsey. I’m aiming to get two more books done before I even think of working on anything else.
Who are your favourite authors?
I really love Jennifer Ashley’s Regency Mysteries featuring Captain Lacey. Tracey Chevalier’s books are always interesting. Lynda Renham’s books are such fun.
What are you currently reading?
One of Marcelle Dube’s Mendenhall Mysteries, which is another series I’m enjoying.
Do you have a favourite spec fiction movie or TV series?
All the obvious ones: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Terminator. My favourite TV series is Nowhere Man.
Do you have advice for emerging writers?
It’s a total crapshoot. Honestly, nobody knows which books will resonate with readers. So, do your best work, throw the dice and keep your fingers crossed.
Vacations are a bitch. Or maybe it’s just me.
I’m Natasha Bolde, and honestly I’m no one special. Okay, I’ve solved a few mysteries, but I’ve always worked with my best friend and mentor. Clover passed recently, and now I’m taking what should’ve been her trip of a lifetime to Cornwall, Britain. It’s just like Clover to choose a place chock-full of mysteries. Why is the amnesiac woman digging in the fields? Is the local psychic medium genuine or a clever fake? And who exactly is the ghost hunter hunting?
I’m determined to find the answers even if it kills me.