"‘Beyond Death’ is captivating, charming and occasionally sinister. I was rooting for the good guys and cringed at some of the punishments meted out to the sadistic villains, even though they were thoroughly deserved. I’m looking forward to discovering what happens to Claire and the others in book two – highly recommended. " - Jackie, Goodreads
What really happens when we die? Twenty-something Claire Sylvester is about to find out.
The morning after the best night of her life she is taken before her time.
Claire is suspended in her mysterious new world. She watches as the secret lives of those she loves unravels, and sadistic villains are punished on the road to their own personal hell.
All the while a higher authority ponders her ultimate fate.
More than Claire knows depends on her actions and those of the unlikely partner who accompanied her on her journey.
What will be her final destination?
Beyond Death - a supernatural thriller of love and loss, deceit and revenge, with a little romance and humour.
Is there any romance in your story and if so can you tell us a little about this?
There are scenes of both lust and genuine love. One of the characters realises her mistake early on in the story and has a major shock just after ending an illicit affair.
The main protagonist is head over heels in love with her boyfriend but that doesn’t have a happy ending either. Don’t despair though because she meets someone on the other side who has her back and there are possibilities...
If you have to write any fighting scenes, what are your best tips of how you create them?
If your fantasy characters are fighting anything goes within the realms of their world. However, if your characters are mere mortals you have to keep it real. If someone is punched or kicked repeatedly for example, it’s highly unlikely that they’d escape without injury or be able to fight back.
Very much so. There’s a scene in the Afterlife Series where my main (dead) protagonist returns to visit her mother. It’s incredibly sad and I balled my eyes out. As ridiculous as it might sound, these characters are like real people to me.
How do you think you would feel if you received a really bad review that seemed justified?
The first couple of bad reviews I received really got to me, but now I’ve developed a hard skin. Saying that, I recently received a review on a blog that attacked my beliefs which took a lot of willpower to ignore. (Never respond to these). As long as my book is well edited, has a great cover and blurb and is the best I can make it, I’m happy.
If you have a ‘baddy’ in your book, can you tell us a little about this character?
Big Ed is the main baddy in the Afterlife Series. He is selfish, cruel and doesn’t have a conscience. He is also charming and has considerable charisma, which he uses to entice the innocent, naive or vulnerable then bends them to his wishes. There are some dark and disturbing themes in this series and Big Ed is involved in most.
About the author:
Following thirty odd years in the British Army, Deb and her husband Allan decided to become weather refugees and settle in Cyprus.
Throughout her life Deb has dabbled with writing. Her first book was 'Reindeer Dreams' - a quirky rhyming Christmas story for children featuring Barry the reindeer and his family. Her first grown-up books about aliens and unearthly spiders could be explained as off the wall. The Afterlife trilogy came next with a few 'Jason the Penguin' books in between.
The first book in the current series 'Unlikely Soldiers', is set in 1970s Britain, with others to follow through the decades.
Deb now spends her time writing, working part-time, avoiding housework and playing tour guide along with Allan. She tries to keep the pounds off by playing netball and long-distance walking.
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