What can be said about Angela? She's lonely. She's ageing. She's suffered, and she suffers. My goodness does she suffer. 

I wrote the story as a kind of ode to female loneliness, and as a look at how torment in early life can drive a wedge between the sufferer and other people that grows with age. Of course, the examples I use are extreme, but the effects are true to those I have seen in real life. It's a dark, dark book, made only more evocative by Rob Goll's masterfull naration, but it's book I retain a lot of affection for, and Angela is probably my most complicated and complete character. This isn't the kind of character a reader aspires to be, or projects themselves upon. She's defined and distinct, like a portrait painted in neon. I don't expect my readers to like her, in fact, I expect them to be repelled, but as they learn more about her I hope they are also able to feel sympathy for her. To feel sympathy and repulsion at the same time is the kind of push and pull I was hoping for. Let me know how I did in the comments.


Part 2 will be available on Wednesday next week.


I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in the Bleeding Hearts Valentine's Day giveaway by the ever awesome Claudette Melanson, along with a host of other authors, all generously giving away their work and other prizes in exchange for your likes and follows. I'm giving away ANGELA in ebook format, and a cerise swarovski crystal pendant, which couldn't be more valentinesy if it tried, but also ties in nicely to ANGELA, without giving too much away.

All you have to do is complete one or more of the below actions to be in the running for that author's prize. That's it. Couldn't be simpler really could it?

Well, what are you waiting for?