Please help me welcome Danielle Farman to the blog! Hi Danielle! It's so good to have you on my blog!
Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well I am 21 years old and live in Aberdeen in Scotland. I am expecting my first child on the 3rd of November and VERY excited about it! Home is a cute bungalow just now, but may be moving to a bigger place soon. I live with my boyfriend, Rory, and our ten rodents! I adore animals.
I have always wanted to visit Scotland, part of my family is from there, though I'm not sure exactly where in Scotland :D
When did you first start writing ?
As soon as I could spell! And even before then I was telling stories. I Have always loved making up stories and writing them down.
What do you love about writing?
So many things! I especially love the feeling of accomplishment when something that has been bubbling away in my brain for so long finally comes to life on paper.
What do you need when writing? Music, candy, silence, etc.
Silence, and a full day in my pajamas! To get ideas I go for walks, listening to music.
How did you go about building your world and characters?
I listened to music to inspire me. A lot of my ideas are based on small things I see in my dreams, and I develop them. I also discuss my ideas in the car with my boyfriend, and they evolve!
Can you provide us with an excerpt? (Excerpt and book cover :D)
Yes, of course!
At some point down the line I had tried to walk through that forest again. I had tried to face those trees. They stood tall, hanging over me, knowing the truth. The earth beneath my sodden boots had tasted her blood, and so had the fallen leaves and overgrown grass. Nature was a hushed spectator. The trees whispered words of judgment as I passed by them. Gently, they moved together, watching me. I had felt their presence that day as well. The day I found Jemma. The world had been silent like the grave, holding its breath as it waited for me to find her. Nature would judge me for loving Adrian.
When I had found her lying there I debated whether she was just sleeping. Her dead body lay there perfectly, like someone lying in their coffin. Her hair was tainted red, but it was placed so caringly on her shoulders. The white dress had been made presentable, just passing her knees. Her hands were positioned on her stomach, one on top of the other. My mind had discarded the wound on her neck, and the blood on her dress. It was her fingers, and the missing nails. All ten fingers and thumbs rested on her dress without nails. I just stood there, staring at her hands. I noticed the blood underneath them, and so curiosity took over. Blankly and mechanically, I had lifted her hands, cringing at how cold they felt.
I screamed and threw myself away from her, landing on my front as I attempted to turn away. My scream had ripped through the silent air. It was too loud, so I covered my mouth. I twisted my body around to check what I had seen was real. Seeing it again made me taste vomit in my mouth. It burned in my throat. It was then I noticed the gaping hole in her neck. This image was the beginning of so many tainted dreams.
Those memories were vivid in my mind as I walked there once more. I recalled phoning the police, and then waiting for them. I had just stood there staring at her. The trees watched all of this, and the wind gently wept.
I could see her everywhere. Her face appeared in the bark of the trees. The knots in the wood became her eyes. Every branch on the ground was her listless body, still waiting to be found. A supermarket bag became her dress, and the red leaves on the ground was a sea of her blood. I swore I could still smell her rotting body. It mixed together with the smells of nature, and cold air.
The sleeping zombie still lay slumbering in my mind, and I could see her everywhere I looked in the forest. Her blood tainted my mind, while Adrian’s secret tainted my life.
This sick reality was eating away at my already fragile mind. Adrian’s blood was contaminated by sinful desires. Those dreams of his blood falling into milk were a reality. Nicholas seen me as the problem. He seen it as my milk was contaminating Adrian’s blood. Nicholas, my antagonist. I hated him with ever inch of my body and soul. But I would keep Adrian sane. He is my love. I was the prayer to his tainted dreams, even though he was the cause of mine.
Do you play games? If so what kind? If not, why the heck not?
I love to play all sorts of games! Video games that I usually play are fantasy ones, such as Zelda, Fable and Devil May Cry. When I worked in a creche with children I also enjoyed played games like Simon Says and Fruit Bowl. Does that count?
Yes they do! :D
He scares the pants off of me! :P
Favorite TV guilty pleasure?
A guilty one? Spongebob Squarepants. I should feel bad about it, but I really don't. It makes me smile.
LOL I'm a Spongebob fan too!
Favorite Action Hero?
That is a tricky one! I LOVED the X-men cartoons when I was a child, as well as Spiderman. Gun to my head, I would have to choose Gambit.
Either/ or Lightening round!
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A dog person.
Chocolate or Vanilla ice cream?
Vanilla ice cream.
Fruits or Veggies?
Aww! Can't I choose both? I will say fruit, because I have to.
Coke or Pepsi?
Soda or Pop?
I don't know the difference. It's all 'fizzy juice' here.
Oh! I like it!!! :D
Sweet or Sour?
Pick at least one :D
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have 3 things with you, what or who would they be?
I have ten pets! HOW CAN I CHOOSE?! Haha! I would probably choose my boyfriend as he makes me laugh and would stop me from going insane and my 3DS and Kindle to pass the time. Or perhaps I should have said food and drink? Or maybe a tent...
If you were stranded on a different planet, what planet would it be, what 3 things would you want with you and what 2 people would you hope got stranded with you?
Does it have to be a real planet? Or can it be a made up one? Hmm...If it was a planet with intelligent lifeforms I would make a few alien friends! I would hope someone like Stephen King would be there with me. He seems like he would know what he was doing. And Morgan Freeman. If the aliens got violent he would just have to speak and they would settle down. The three things I would take would be a sandwich, juice and some fruit. This is because when I told my Mam I was going to be doing 12 hour shifts at my job she told me to bring these things and it made me giggle. So I always make sure if I am going out for a while I will bring a wee sandwich for lunch. Maybe something like a baseball bat would be good as well. Just in case Morgan Freeman's voice doesn't work. Not like that would ever happen!
If you traveled to an alternate universe, whose universe would it be? What would you do there?
Can I choose Middle Earth? I would visit Tom Bombadil and never leave. Oh! And I would visit the shire and eat all their fruit! And steal an elf's tiara! And probably slay a few orcs just to say I did it.
If you traveled back in time, what time period would you want to visit most? Who would you hope to meet?
I know he isn't real (or is he?) but I would want to travel back in time and meet Lestat, the vampire. I would stare at him while hoping he doesn't drink my blood. He is my vampire idol.
The Important stuff!
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Never give up on your dream! If you want something bad enough it will happen!
Where can we stalk… I mean find you?(Links baby!)
Here are my links, my honey:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JesterJinxAlternativeModel?ref=hl
Where can we buy your books?
From Amazon! Available as an ebook, and soon to be available in paperback!