Sharlene Almond on ‘Initiated to Kill’
Sharlene Almond, author of the thriller Initiated to Kill, answer our questions.
Tell us about yourself.
I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my two dogs. Although I have had training in Beauty and Spa therapy, editing, journalism, animal behaviour, photography, criminology and counselling; my main interest lies in writing novels. This allows me to explore and learn about other eras and countries, creating characters that have deep-rooted flaws, but use them to achieve their end goal.
As an author of historical and present day international thrillers, my books can challenge readers, as well as take them on a journey throughout Europe and abroad.
My books on criminal psychology do more than cover the crimes committed, but also examine what drove that person to commit those crimes. I look into their history, their weaknesses, childhood; all building up to why some of the most infamous crimes were perpetrated.
How were you inspired to write Initiated to Kill?
When I was younger, I had a little notebook in which I would jot down ideas of things I would like to write about eventually.
One day, a sentence caught my eye, and I was determined to build a story from there. A story involving a university and the occult. Places, names, and characters began to come to life.
What inspired you to write?
As cliché as it sounds, writing is in my blood. I realized I enjoyed writing at an early age. However, I didn’t really have the inclination to write a full novel, having no idea where to start.
Years later, I finally got the chance to sit down and begin writing. Things really took shape when I created my chapter outline, making it easier to piece together a novel. Now I can’t stop writing.
What is something interesting about you not many people know?
I’m a bit of an exercise fanatic. Morning and evening workouts keeps the body and mind fresh, which also helps to kick start the writing process.
What genre do you like to write in?
Thrillers will always be my number one preference. With the historical aspect thrown in, which is something else I’ve found fascinating.
Books that are based on a lot of research, a strong plot and characters, and something a little different from mainstream novels are my favorite.
Have you ever encountered writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Fortunately, I haven’t encountered much writer’s block. Just watching the news or reading history books immediately kick starts the writing process again.
Do you plan to write other books?
Absolutely. This book is the first in the series. I have written three more. They are all based in different locations, a mix of history and present day; with either a myth or conspiracy theory that surrounds the case.
Learn more about Sharlene by visiting her website.
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