Name – Carmilla Voiez
Age – 43
Where are you from – The UK. I was born and raised in Bristol and have since lived in Wales and now Scotland.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc – Educated to University level. Daughter of a working class socialist and mother to two fierce daughters. Lifelong partner to two cats and one clown.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Anna Dmitrieva and I are putting together the finishing touches to a graphic novel version of my debut novel Starblood. It’s due to be published on May 29th and it really rocks my world. For the third year in a row I won a prize for horror. This time it was from The Three Bookateers who named the Starblood Trilogy as the best horror release of 2014.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote as a kid and as a teen. Life got in the way in my twenties, but after having two kids I started to feel as though I was losing sight of who I was. Writing helped. I started with poetry and short stories, but eventually I wrote Starblood and managed to get it published. I guess the rest, as they say, is history.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Even when I wasn’t writing stories I was always a writer. I love the beauty of language and play with words and sentence structure both for fun and for every job I’ve ever had. I first considered myself an author when Starblood was published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The Starblood trilogy is very much about a period in my life that was full of change and instability. Weaving my feelings of powerlessness into a fictional story made me feel less lost. I hadn’t expected it to be published when I wrote it. I guess it was cheaper than therapy.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
My strength is in my dialogue and I also write fairly visual pieces. More than one reader has told me that the words come off the page like a movie.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Starblood was taken from a song by the Cranes that I love. I wrote three books in that series and each have song titles, the latter ones being Psychonaut and Black Sun. Star is the name of the female main character and blood… well it’s pretty intense horror.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think the main messages in my novels is that there is beauty in diversity and women are people too.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The psychological struggles are realistic and most of it is set against an urban background that should seem familiar to most readers. Other than that it is very much a fantasy driven piece with magic and demons.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think all characters we write borrow aspects of ourselves and/or people we know well. Certainly that is the case with the characters in the Starblood Trilogy.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
The book that most influenced my life would be Robert Newman’s “The Fountain at the Centre of the World” as it made me understand the horrors of globalism and profoundly changed the way I thought and shopped. The books that have influenced my art would be numerous, from Hermetech by Storm Constantine to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The second book of Emma Goldman’s autobiography “Living my Life” and “Strident House” by P Mattern.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Jef Withonef. P Mattern, Vanessa Knipe, Shebat Legion and many more.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Other than the graphic novel, I’m writing some short stories and collating others for an anthology that will come out later in the year called “Feminazi Splatter Goth”. If anyone reading this is interested in submitting please drop me a line.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I’d say my cats, but they are family. Professionally I have had lots of support from my publisher, fellow authors and friends. Personally I have a new love in my life who has assured me I am not as terribly flawed as I feared.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, but it feels like a long term investment.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I edit obsessively yet still a few errors remain. I’d like to find a way to guarantee an error free novel.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From reading. Books were a perfect escape for me.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes. I’ll send you a page from the graphic novel and a poster for the anthology.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Starting – getting that first line on paper, and ending – knowing when a story is done.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Clive Barker. He has the darkest and most beautiful imagination I have encountered.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Only in my head.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Reaching people after it’s published. Promoting a book is the hardest part.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That imagination is an infinite resource.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write for yourself then edit for others.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
You validate all my work and I love you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember books from my childhood but probably not the first book. I remember Black Beauty, a series about a ghost called George and The Famous Five books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d love to spend more time with Neil Gaiman. I am certain he’s be the perfect drinking partner. If I could meet someone from the past it would be Emma Goldman. Her strength and love inspire me to work hard at everything I attempt.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I don’t want a headstone. I want to be a tree.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Walking through the woods and watching the seasons change. Reading of course. I’d say drinking coffee, but that’s more a career. And building things in Minetest (it’s like Minecraft but open source).
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Hannibal, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Z Nation, Girls, Being Human, Misfits, Breaking Bad.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Sushi, salads, fruit, dark chocolate/black, purple, green/Goth, punk, ska, industrial.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I used to sell carpets and after that Gothic clothing. I started a law degree but had to give up due to financial problems.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?