Monday, October 10, 2011

Author Interview + Contest: Paula Morris

Hopping in today is Paula Morris, author of Dark Souls, not only answering some of my random questions but bringing you guys a chance to win a copy of her book!

Miranda makes the front page! What does the headline say?

GHOST-WHISPERER DISCOVERS CITY'S "DARK" SECRETS. (I'd give you a subheading as well, but that would give too much of the story away.)

What was the best part about this book's setting of York, England?

York is a beautiful and historic city: I went to university there, and have lots of happy memories. So having the excuse to go back there, when I was researching DARK SOULS, was brilliant. I went on a ghost tour one night, and a walking tour of the city one day - something I (stupidly) never did when I was a student. I learned so much more about the city's past. Also, when you're setting a story in a particular place, you look at things much more closely, and notice things you've never paid much attention to before. You end up wandering down narrow lanes (which are known as snickelways in York), peering around corners, looking in windows, and imagining possibilities.

You and Miranda are dropped into a room full of Death Eaters! What do you guys do?

Hang on to each other and think happy thoughts. Singing might help, perhaps. A sing-song is always cheering (and distracting).

What god/goddess would be your nemesis?

Actually, I'm quite interested in Nemesis herself - the nymph-goddess who came to embody the idea of vengeance. I was just reading about her in Robert Graves' book THE GREEK MYTHS, which is a fantastic source of information. Though I'm more interested in muses than goddesses, I have to say - I have a bust of Thalia, the muse of comedy, sitting on the kitchen counter.

What kind of cookie would you describe yourself as?

Hmmm. Something a bit spicy, like a ginger snap.

Thank you, Paula, and congrats on the release!

Now for your chance to win a copy of Dark Souls, just fill out THIS form.

Contest is US only and ends October 15.


  1. Love the interview. Glad to see another book from her.

    BTW I'd have no clue what cookie to describe myself as! :)

  2. Cute interview. Loved the cookie question!

  3. I can't wait to read about the English setting!