Good evening, peeps! I am very excited to share an author interview with you today! Just for a quick intro, I am interviewing Bianca Pheasant, a murder mystery and suspense author from South Africa. Make sure you pick up a copy of her incredible book, Electus per Deus: Selected by God, right here! You’re sure to be thrilled!
And since these posts are supposed to be less about me and more about the featured author, I will pipe down and move on to what she had to say!
*Bianca Pheasant is a part-time writer with a full-time passion for storytelling. She is trying to make her mark in a world filled with amazing authors. She lives in South Africa with her daughter and husband of ten years. Bianca loves creepy crawlies and she has a fascination with murder mysteries. Visit her website at www.biancapheasant.co.za, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/biancapheasantbooks, and email her at email@example.com!
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Writing and reading has been a passion of mine since I can remember but I never had the confidence or the faith in my own work to actually write a book and then publish it. In my eyes everyone else writes better than me.
Are you a plotter or a pantser, and why?
I am definitely a pantser. I don’t like to stick to a guideline when I write and I like to write where my emotions take me. My feelings and mood often takes my story in a completely different direction than what I thought it would.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Finding the time… I have a full-time job which makes it difficult to write as much as I would have liked to.
Does writing leave you energized or exhausted?
Writing is exhausting, but it’s a kind of satisfying exhaustion which leaves your spirit energized.
What do we need to know about your current work in progress (or new release, etc.)?
I am currently working on my new three part series; Mama’s Retribution with book one named Origin. This story follows the life of a young prostitute who faces abuse and objectification every day of her life. I don’t want to give away too much but this series will leave readers feeling compassion for this girl and at the end, even though she turns vigilante and kills in the name of justice, the reader will still stand behind her.
If you weren’t an author, what would your ideal career be?
Seeing that I am not a full-time author, the ideal career is writing all the way.
Are there real life inspirations behind your characters?
Some of them have a lot of real life inspiration; especially my first novel, Electus per Deus. It makes it easier to connect with the character I am writing about when I can base it on someone I see every day or have a history with.
How do you get in touch with your inner villain to write an antagonist?
We all have a bit of a dark side in ourselves (my husband often tells me that there is something wrong with me) and it’s not that difficult to use it in my writing. If I did not have this little darkness, I would have to settle with writing Romance novels; I’m not such a big fan of those.
Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
Music… When I write a scene containing violence and murder, I will listen to hard rock and so on.
What are your future projects?
Once Mama’s Retribution is finished, who knows what will come next. The idea of Mama’s Retribution came to me when I was finishing Electus per Deus, so maybe the same will happen with this series.
Thank you to Bianca for agreeing to answer a few questions for me!