Introducing Debbie Ioanna
1. #IndieBookBanter today welcomes the lovely Debbie Ioanna. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and the best place for us to find out more.
My name is Debbie Ioanna and I am from Bradford. I specialise in fiction but have been known to attempt the odd bit of poetry if I’m feeling brave. I don’t really have a specific thing that motivates my writing. If an idea comes to me it takes over my life and I spend more time working on that than anything else in my life. As soon as I get an idea I will write anywhere that is convenient at the time. Usually in a notebook that I carry around with me daily. It doesn’t matter whether I’m at home, my parent’s, my Grandma’s on a Thursday when I visit her for tea or in the middle of something important at work. If I have an idea, I must write it down.
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2. Briefly tell us about your work in progress, what are you planning next?
I have just finished and published my second novel so currently taking a writing break whilst I think up an idea for my third and focus on marketing/promoting my book. Hopefully an idea will come to me soon.
3. What was the most unusual source of inspiration for any of your books?
It is difficult to say what inspired me to write either of my books. I wrote ‘The Runaway Girl’ when I was sixteen and can honestly say there was nothing going on in my life that could relate to the protagonist Michelle (which I hope people will understand once they read it!). Writing ‘Abberton House’ was different. I was actually hunting for a scary book that would make me too scared to turn out the bedroom light at night. I read a couple and even though they were very cleverly written… I wasn’t scared enough. So I suppose I set myself a challenge to write a scary book of my own.
4. Who was your favourite character to write about?
I loved writing Catherine’s character in ‘Abberton House’. I think I based her upon myself as she became really curious of the activity going on in the house and even though she was eager to find out what was going on, deep down she was terrified of what she was facing.
5. Finally you are invited on a mission to a New World (unfortunately you cannot take any members of your family, friends or pets). Please tell us:-
a) Your favourite fictional character to accompany you?
a very difficult question… possibly Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. Who knows what dangers I would be facing in a new world. I probably wouldn’t trust anyone else to protect me apart from her!
b) Your favourite book?
Quite possibly the hardest question ever…
c) Your favourite song?
I love all genres of music but my favourite song will always be Dying in Your Arms – Trivium. This reminds me of being 17 and carefree and despite the title of the song it has really happy memories.
d) Your favourite food & drink to take with you (we don’t know what will be available on the New World).
if at all possible, my Dad’s homemade pasta carbonara! Seriously, it is amazing. And to drink I would have a chocolate Yazoo 😊
e) Finally, tell us the one (Yes, that is just ONE) item you cannot live without?
I probably couldn’t survive without my eyeliner. Although I would probably need a mirror to apply it so that would be two items…. Hmmm!
Here is are Debbie’s books with a short description:-
The Runaway Girl
Sixteen year old Michelle is having a tough time at home. Stuck with her stepdad whilst her mum works long hours, she is not having a good time. He mistreats her, takes her money and constantly shouts at her.
Revenge seems like the only way to get her mum’s attention so she makes a drastic decision and runs away to London, only realising the seriousness of her situation once she arrives with no money or a place to stay.
Faced with living on the streets she is befriended by a seemingly nice lady who offers her refuge in exchange for a bit of work. What could go wrong?
Michelle is taken advantage of. Her naivety and vulnerability is rife and the friendly lady, Rebecca, takes full advantage of her. Michelle’s only way out is to find an escape…
In 1916, the war is underway and Henry has been called up, leaving his wife and three children at home. They keep in touch via letters but when he returns, his whole family have mysteriously disappeared. There are rumours of an affair but Henry refuses to believe it and spends the rest of his life searching for his lost family.
The mystery is still talked about in 2016 when Adam and Catherine move in to the house along with their five-year-old daughter, Bella. As they begin to settle in to their new lives, strange things begin to happen. Bella speaks to imaginary friends, faces are seen in the windows and mysterious footsteps sound from above.
As events progress and time goes on, Catherine tries to dig deeper in to the history of the house and learns of some chilling truths. There is an old rumour in the village of what happened inside the house in 1916 which has been passed on for generations, but how much is rumour and how much is truth?
Things take a terrifying turn when Catherine and Adam are pushed to the limit and take drastic action to rid the house of the angry spirits before any more damage is done.
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