Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. Connect with her on:
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1. You’re from Wales, which is often dubbed as “the castle capital of the world”. Which one is your personal favorite and why?
Nooo, you can't make me choose. That's so not fair, but I'll give it a go, and I'll cheat by naming three. If you want the whole "medieval castle experience" try Pembroke. It's large, fantastically well preserved, and Cadw (the Welsh Government's historic environment service) runs free guided tours on a regular basis - a must if you want to discover more about the way people lived in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. I haven't actually included this castle in any of my novels, however, I have included my 2nd choice - Criccieth. Standing on a rugged outcrop of rock with steep cliffs all around and the Irish sea at it's back, it's impressive. Not in the magestical way that Pembroke is, but more raw and more ruined. You can imagine this as a garrison outpost, there to do only one job - repress the Welsh. The setting is stunning and the town that grew up because of it has sweet little shops and cafes. My third choice is totally different again - Carew Castle, and I wrote about it in The Colour of Death because of its fabulously romantic location and atmosphere (working water mill, lake, tidal river) and because it looks like the sort of place which would have appealed to the Romantic poets (Byron, perhaps?). It has a certain Gothic charm and the ghostly, grisly stories almost bleed from its wall and turrets.
2. Anyone who’s familiar with your work knows that you have an affinity for vampires. Who does the best vampire portrayal – Gerard Butler, Wesley Snipes, Gary Oldman, Tom Cruise or someone else?
It's gotta be Alexander Skarsgaard who plays Erik in True Blood! But I do think I might be basing that on his looks. He's one hunky guy. And then there's the famous Christopher Lee. I remember watching his portrayal of Dracula when I was in my teens. I don't think I slept for a week! I suppose it depends on what I'm looking for in a vampire. My Resurrection series was more evolutionary; my new series, beginning with The Colour of Death, is back to old-school pure evil and supernatural. I'm quite drawn to the dark, satanic side of the vampire genre.
3. How do you sort the titles in your library?
I don't have a personal library as such. Ever since I was small I've read voraciously. I'm talking of 5 or more books a week. That's a lot of paper! A lot of storage space to be found. And there was the added problem of not being able to afford to buy that amount of books - which is where my local library was a God send. I now read on a Kindle, and my method of sorting is to download what I fancy reading, then remove it from my Kindle when I've finished. I try not to keep more than 50 or so books on there, otherwise I get overwhelmed by the choice and confused about what I've read and what I haven't.
4. What do you read when you’re not writing?
Psychological thrillers at the moment. Historical - not romance, though. Some women's fiction.
5. What would be your go-to song if you had to get up on stage and sing karaoke?
OMG! I hate karaoke! I can't sing for toffee, but if I had to, if I was forced to, I'd probably sing Standing in the Way of Control by Gossip, or The Sound of Silence, the way Disturbed sang it all rough and passionate.
6. Authors are all about painting sceneries and setting up the mood through the power of words. If you had to limit yourself to a single word in the English language to describe yourself, which one would it be?
7. You write about the ability to see auras. What color would your own aura be?
I wonder if I'd have one...? Joking! There doesn't appear to be a definitive agreement about what the various colours mean. I think it's a case of finding a chart you like and stick with it.
8. What was your most fundamental inspiration behind The Colours series?
The Colours series, which kicks off with The Colour of Death, stemmed from waking up in the middle of the night with the name of the Romantic poet, Lord Byron, in my head. I have no idea why, but I can only assume that I must have read or heard about him recently. I studied the Romantics when I was younger but hadn't given him a thought for years. I didn't think much of it and pushed it to the back of my mind, but his name kept popping into my mind. I couldn't get rid of it. So I bought a well-respected biography and began to research him. I hadn't intended to write any more vampire stories up until this point, but what I read started me thinking...
9. How do you take your coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, what’s your beverage of choice?
Breakfast tea - milk first (I have a theory about this) - in the morning, Earl Grey in the afternoon.
Hi, I'm Amy and I'm addicted to caffeine, board games, mythology tales and my Korg keyboards. Oh, yeah, and I occasionally happen to write stories.