Interview with dark fiction author Janice Tremayne

cover for haunting in old tailemToday’s special guest author is dark fiction author Janice Tremayne. She’s chatting with me about her new supernatural suspense, Haunting in Old Tailem.

During her virtual book tour, Janice will be awarding a print copy of the book to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

Janice Tremayne is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning ghost and supernatural writer. Janice is a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2020 International Book Awards in Fiction-Supernatural.

She is an emerging Australian author who lives with her family in Melbourne. Her recent publication, Haunting in Hartley, reached number one on the Amazon kindle ranking for Occult, Supernatural, and Ghosts and Haunted Houses categories, for hot new releases and bestsellers.

Janice is well-versed in her cultural superstitions and how they influence daily life and customs. She has developed a passion and style for writing ghost and supernatural novels for new adult readers.

The concept of writing the Haunting Clarisse series was spawned over a cup of coffee many years ago, and she has not looked back since. Her books contain heart-thumping, bone-chilling, and thought-provoking ghost and paranormal experiences that deliver a new twist to every tale.

Please share a little bit about your current release.
Haunting in Old Tailem is the third book in the Haunting Clarisse Series. It can be read as a standalone, but it does help if your read book 2. The story begins in a real Australian ghost town—Old Tailem Town. An Australian ghost town. A resident demon and a local Shaman. A confrontation with evil awaits. The book cover is impressive and illustrated by a successful graphic book artist, Momir Borocki.

What inspired you to write this book?
I have always been a fan of horror since I was a child, so it came naturally for me. I wrote this book because I am exploring the conflict between good and evil, we face every day. In a spiritual sense, I am also exploring the afterlife.

Excerpt from Haunting in Old Tailem:
He hung with the rope around his neck, his tongue sticking out with a red-starved oxygen face. At the same time, he was smiling as though he was only having fun. Death was a reenactment that he had become accustomed to, to the point he thought it funny; a way of horrifying others and making them pay attention. He had a young mind—innocent and conditioned to get the attention of others. Little Charlie didn’t know whether he was dead or alive; far too young to understand. As far as he was concerned, tying a loop around his neck, jumping, and choking to death made him realize he felt no pain. He could do it over and over again.

Clarisse knew from her encounter in Hartley that Little Charlie was an attention seeker and someone who liked to cling onto you. That could explain how he had ended up in Old Tailem Town. Running away from evil might seem like a good idea at the time, but you could not hide.

“Come over here, Little Charlie. There is nothing to be afraid of,” she said.

He replied with a cheeky grin on his boyish face. His mousy brown hair thrown from side to side, he signalled with his right index finger, waving it left to right many times.

Nuh-uh,” he mimed, his way of saying no.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I have so many ideas. I don’t know where to start! I am always thinking ahead two or three books. I am working on a supernatural three-part thriller series, titled the Zack Bolder Series. They have a common theme around Australian ghost towns and the main protagonist Zack Bolder and his detective colleague, Detective George Wellock. I am getting good feedback from the ARC readers of Bolder Blindsided (book 1), and they are available for pre-order on Amazon.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not until I wrote my third book did I consider myself to know the craft well enough to expect readers to follow me. Haunting in Old Tailem is my fifth book if I take into account earlier works in different genres.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I am writing full time at the moment and have been doing so for one year. Before that, I was working full time and writing on a part-time basis. Now, I write about 2000 words in the morning and then do a couple hours of marketing and writing tutorials in the afternoon. I really enjoy the marketing side of writing.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
When I am writing a spooky scene, I put on my headset and play creepy theatrical music. If I want a spiritual feel to my writing, then I listen to Gregorian Chant.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an artist but in the visual field. I was always good at art.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
As a writer, my aim is always to tell a good story, but more importantly, to take the reader into a different space and imagine. I focus on the contrast between good and evil, love and hate. I also feel spirituality helps define the narrative tension and the role of the protagonist and antagonist.

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