FAQ – Get To Know L.G!

Q. What’s the best thing about being a writer?

So far, the most enjoyable moment for me was when a parent stopped me to say that their child couldn’t put one of my books down and finished it in one sitting.

It’s one thing to hear your friends / family tell you that your story is great but to hear it not only from a complete stranger but from your ideal target audience is something special.

Q. Why did you decide to write scary books? 

Scary stories have always been my favourite kind of stories. I discovered my love of them from the Goosebumps series as a kid. In my opinion, there aren’t enough scary stories out there so I decided I would take it upon myself to help correct that.

Q. Do you believe monsters exist?

I’ve never seen a monster…YET! There have been thousands of reported cases of ghost sightings and haunted dwellings – is everyone lying? What about bigfoot? Or UFOs? The truth is out there somewhere folks!

Q. How do you get inspired to write?

I’ve always viewed a completed novel as a work of art. Something that can suddenly come into existence and capture the imagination of so many. Something that lives on long after we’re gone.

I also love the element of escapism that a good piece of fiction can provide. Life can be very serious and there is nothing better than diving headfirst into a crazy adventure story. So many authors (J.K Rowling, R.L. Stine, Jonathan Stroud, Darren Shan, Roald Dahl etc.) have inspired me to create and I hope I can do for others what they have done for me.

Q. Where do you get your ideas from?

Hardest question I get asked! The answer is…I don’t know! From everywhere I suppose? Movies, TV shows, books, everyday life. The hard part is turning a germ of an idea into a completed story with a solid plot, relatable characters and a good amount of scares.

Q. What age were you when you wrote your first story? What was it about?

I think I was 10 years old? I wrote a story about a talking hamster who was going to somehow help save the world. I didn’t get past chapter three however. Writer’s block hit me young.

Q. What’s your favourite scary movie?

My favourite scary movie would have to be the original Child’s Play. Chucky tormented my childhood, caused me many sleepless nights and an irrational fear of dolls. I don’t have any sisters so I didn’t have to face many dolls thankfully.

Coming face to face with Chucky in Universal Studios, Orlando

Q. How many books have you written in total?

Two so far – but I’m currently outlining my third story and plan to write many more after that. 

Q. Is it true that Ireland has a rich history of tales from beyond the grave?

It is true! A lot of it derives from our Celtic heritage. The image of the wailing banshee, for example, is something that strikes fear into the hearts of the Irish. The banshee is a notable foreteller of death so I’d recommend plugging your ears if you come across one whilst visiting the Emerald Isle!

Q. If you could travel to any fictional book world, where would you go and what would you do there?

Hogwarts! I think I would like to just go exploring around the castle and grounds. Take it all in. I would also have to get a cup of tea in Hagrid’s hut but wouldn’t venture too close to the Forbidden Forest in case any of those giant spiders were about.

Q. What’s the strangest question you’ve been asked?

During a school visit, a young boy raised his hand and asked me who was the most famous person I had in my phonebook. He was not impressed with my answer.

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