Today, it is my pleasure to have Etopia Press author, Catherine Cavendish, back on my website to talk about her latest horror release - The Demons of Cambian Street...
Julia: The Demons of Cambian Street is your third release with Etopia Press. How have you found the experience of being published so far?
Cat: Certainly different to what I expected. It seems like eons ago now but I used to be naïve enough to think that a writer just wrote (and then rewrote and rewrote of course) but I was blissfully unaware of how much time and effort is required of an author to market their work. You can’t just leave it up to the publisher these days – well, not until you are a household name anyway. Etopia Press are great though. I have a first class editor, their cover art has quality stamped right the way through it and I am really pleased to be in their stable. I’ve learned a lot. In fact, at times, it seems the learning curve is actually vertical! Julia: What inspired you to write The Demons of Cambian Street?
Cat: We live in a flat at the top of a 250 year old building which has undergone various metamorphoses during its history. Our apartment is on two floors and on the top floor, under the eaves, there is an old wooden door, leading down a step to a creepy, rambling, unlit cupboard – more like an inner room really. To the right is an open doorway, through which is a very large abandoned Christmas tree. You cannot see beyond it. To the left, the cupboard rambles off into the distance. Scary, believe me. Goodness knows what’s at the back of
there. If you read the story, you’ll recognize it. Julia: Who is your favourite character in ‘Demons?
Cat: That’s quite a tough one. I like Rhiannon. She reminds me a little of an old friend of mine who is a lovely lady I don’t see nearly enough of these days. Rhiannon is a white witch, with a heart of gold and a lot of guts. I also like Stella, my main character. She’s tougher than she at first appears. Julia: Have you ever visited any haunted houses?
Cat: Oh yes. I live in one for a start! Our flat appears to be haunted by a lady who once lived there. My husband has actually spoken to her. She moves things around sometimes – I think to let us know she’s there. When you talk to her, she doesn’t do it for a while. Sometimes I hear someone moving around and I think it’s my husband. I go to investigate but there’s no one there. Nothing sinister though. Elsewhere in the building is a social club and in the snooker room, there is a very different spirit. Some of the bar staff refuse to go on there alone and something was caught on CCTV once. No one could explain it. Julia: What are you working on at the moment?
Cat: I recently signed a contract with Etopia Press for another paranormal horror novella called ‘The Devil Inside Her’. This will be coming out in May. My latest work in progress is called ‘Miss Abigail’s Room’. It’s set in Victorian times and has a definite Gothic feel about it. Scary and creepy though. I had goose-bumps writing it so I think that’s a good sign. I hope so anyway!The Demons of Cambian Street is available now from:AMAZON UKAMAZON USBARNES & NOBLEYou can find out more about Catherine Cavendish on her blog