First let's look at the book trailer.
Now on with the interview.
1. If you could write a novel about ANYTHING in the world (or out of it) what would it be?
I'd like to find a way of writing about the Ancient Greek myths in a modern setting - I studied Classics at university and loved all the bloodthirsty gods n' monster stories. But I've never been tempted to write a historical novel (too much research) so I'm scheming ways of giving this stuff a contemporary spin.
2. What's one book you're looking forward to that comes out this year/early next year?
I think the fantasy writer Catherine Fisher's terrific, so I'm looking forward to her new book, "The Obsidian Mirror", which is publishing in October. Time travel and faeries ... what's not to like?
3. What's one book that you can't stop rereading?
So many! I re-read Persuasion by Jane Austen every year. I also love the picture book "Outside Over There" by Maurice Sendak - it doesn't feel like a kids' book; it's so mysterious and sinister.
4. Why did you choose to write a YA novel? Do you think it could appeal to adults too?
I love writing for the YA audience because it means you can write about anything you like in any genre - romance, historical, crime, sci-fi etc - and you won't get pigeon-holded. I think that's why adult readers are often tempted by teen books; there's so many different worlds to explore. Burn Mark certainly explores some quite "adult" themes.
5. What do you hope your reader will take away from your book?
I'd like them to think the world I've created feels real, and is somewhere they'd like to visit again. I hope they'll think about my characters, and what they might be getting up to after the story comes to an end. I certainly aim to send a shiver down my readers' spines, as well as increasing their heart rate in one or two places.
Now let's get onto the giveaway. It will stay open for one week and international entries are welcome. The book was provided by the publisher for the blog tour, but I will be sending it to the winner. Good luck!