I have been obsessed with the supernatural since a young age; while the kids were reading fairy tales and Jacqueline Wilson, I had my nose in Stephen King and Dean Koontz pages, anything that can make my skin crawl.
I wrote my first complete story when I was in Primary School, an adventure about two girls who take a short cut through the woods on the way to school and get trapped in an alternate world with witches and unicorns, and Death chasing at their heels. Now I write horror fiction: if it keeps me up at night or gives me goosebumps, it'll be in my stories!
I love to take the real world and put something unrealistic in it. I am a descriptive writer, a nuisance to some readers, but I think describing the setting puts the reader in the scene.
I take inspiration primarily from Stephen King, as he was the beginning of horror for me, my favourite story probably being The Man in the Black Suit, it gives me goosebumps every time I read it! I am a big fan of Dean Koontz, all his stories are perfect and just recently I've rediscovered Edgar Allen Poe, with which I share the melancholy and macabre in his poems and short stories, although I know his talent can never be matched. I have read some Sylvia Plath in the past, and I enjoy the way she writes.
I think scary, shocking stories are the ones that stick in our minds, whether we enjoyed them or not, and I think a great story has to be felt, not particularly enjoyed. Happy endings are never an option for me.