Interview with Soraya
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Glasgow and spent my formative years there, in fact I used various Glasgow and Ayrshire locations in my first novel The Wooden Rose. There are fascinating antique and charity shops in Glasgow and the wooden rose is a small token carved by Gypsy lad Eddie and given to his sweetheart in the 1800’s. Much later in present times the wooden rose is found in a charity shop and so the adventure begins as the heroine begins to sense the vibrations using her psychic gifts.
Michael Connolly is another favourite and yes, I have read all of his books too. A recent find is Karin Slaughter whose principle character is Will Trent a dyslexic detective. I learned so much about being dyslexic (which I am) reading about the coping mechanisms that Will Trent uses in his working life. Apart from that I love the story lines and Karin Slaughters style of writing.
Lee child is another favourite but although I have not seen the film about the character Jack Reacher, I am a bit disappointed in the choice of actor who plays him. I like Tom Cruise but would have chosen someone else
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Secret Garden – I remember it from my childhood and it gave me the hope that miracles can happen
Night Passage by Robert B Parker – the first in the Jessie Stone series, I love it because it leads into all the great stories in the series and gives me so much to look forward to again and again.
Book of Spells because it was the first book I had published in 2002 and it is still selling very well
The Wooden Rose Because it is the first novel I have had published and it is receiving great reviews.
Before the Rose because it is the book I am currently writing.