Today’s guest post is an interview with Kirsty Ferguson, a writer from Melbourne, Victoria. She has been writing horror stories since she first discovered Stephen King’s Cujo at the tender age of nine. She has released the first two novels in the Little Girl Dead series, Little Girl Dead and Little Girl Revenge. Cozy crime novel Severed Heart will release November 2016. Currently, she is studying for a BA in Professional Writing and Publishing.
What genre do you write in?
I am a mixed bag when it comes to my genres. I tend to write horror when I write short stories and with novels, I write crime, mystery, thriller and historical fiction. My series Little Girl Dead has a strong police procedural component to them.
What was the first book you released?
My first book, Little Girl Dead, was released in November 2015 and is a crime mystery novel, a real whodunit. It’s about the lengths a mother will go to to solve the murder of her child.
What research did you do in preparation of writing your book?
I do a lot of research for my books, I google then I get my police information first hand. My contact is used to receiving weird emails from me about how to murder someone! For Butterfly in the Water, I also contacted a lovely gentleman from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine who helped me with my autopsy scenes.
Do you prefer writing a series or a stand-alone book?
I’ve written both. With the Little Girl Dead series, I found it interesting to continue on with four books. I managed to find inspiration for each one, there’s three books that start after the previous one ends, and a prequel at the end. And I have written four stand-alone novels that range from murder to historical thriller, all to be released in 2016 and 2017.
What are you working on now?
In November, I will be releasing Severed Heart which is about a woman called Avery Fisher who returns to the family farm to solve a decade-old murder mystery.
What’s in store for the future?
After Severed Heart will be the release of Little Girl Silent, the third in the Little Girl Dead series. I will also be releasing Mayday, a novella about William Blake who is committed to the Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum in 1869 in Beechworth, Victoria and the horrors that he faces while incarcerated.
Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?
I respect the ebooks for what they are, portable, immediate and you can buy heaps with the touch of a button but for me, there is nothing better than holding and smelling an actual book.
What do you do in your spare time?
I write most days, I take care of my six-year-old son Connor and I am studying for a Bachelor in Professional Writing and Publishing.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I would say, just start. You will never finish writing a book if you never start.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
I tend to write in my pajamas a lot, especially at night, I like to be comfortable. I also eat popcorn while I type and I listen to music. I usually choose one song or album and listen to it exclusively until I have finished writing.
What authors have inspired you to write?
It clichéd, but Stephen King encouraged the writer in me, especially the horror side of things. I credit him with my need to add twists and turns to my writing. I also love Gillian Flynn, who writes similarly to how I write.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I would definitely be a librarian or working in a bookstore.
You can find out more about Kirsty at her Website, follow her on Twitter at @danesha24 and Instagram at author.kirsty.ferguson.
Little Girl Dead (1st in the series)
Recent release – Little Girl Revenge (2nd in the series)