I am participating in the blog tour for The Bleeders by Michaela Haze, a novel which I enjoyed greatly! Ms. Haze is going to tell us a little something about herself and about her book! The list of the other participating bloggers listed below and check out their review, interviews and giveaways!!!
Do you have any pet peeves?
People that are always late and people that can’t walk in a straight line. It irks me no end when I am walking through a shopping centre; in a hurry, and the person in front of me ambles—but in such a way that I can’t just walk fast and over take them because they will amble into me.
I make noises of agitation when this happens—even if it is an old lady.
I am ashamed to say though, that I was walking with one of my friends the other day and he pointed out that I do the exact same thing. My centre of gravity is slightly to the left, so I find myself just leaning that way when I walk. So now I am a hypocrite. Which is not good…
What is your favourite quote?
“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.” This was said by Akira Kurosawa, a Japanese film director from back in the day (1930’s) I thought it summed up my outlook on life perfectly.
Where is your favourite place to read/write?
When I am in a public place and I have a book and every bench or chair is taken, I have been known to sit on the floor. I don’t really care what people think—I become so internalized when I am reading that sometimes I actually lie down on the floor and hold the book over my face to read it, as if I would in bed.
My favourite place to write at the moment is this special chair in my house. It’s an odd chair really. I have come to believe that it is haunted. I am at my most creative when I sit in that terracotta armchair, but everyone in my house always fights over it and there is no reason why. It is also the only place in my house where there is no phone reception. I sit in it and it’s this little black hole that only extends the length of the chair. Therefore…haunted…
What is your favourite line in THE BLEEDERS?
I like the line, ‘I like my women beefy’ which came from William Kain—even though he is a hated character I really love him.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I always wanted to be a writer in lots of ways, but I think it started two years ago when I was meant to be revising for my exams. Instead, because of my insomnia, I sat down and started writing. I did not stop for three weeks. There are a lot of points when I have actually felt like a writer. Anyone can say they are a writer, but whenever I said it when I was first starting out, it seemed hollow, like I was lying even though I had evidence.
When my father turned to me and said “I think you’ve found what you were destined to do.” I felt like a writer and I knew that I would be doing it for the rest of my lif
e. Or until I get carpel tunnel and am unable to write anymore…but then I would probably type with my nose.
What is next for you? Can you share anything regarding a current work in process?
Yep, I can. The Human Herders, which is the sequel to The Bleeders is the manuscript I am working on at the moment. It is giving me a lot of stress—but it is my baby, as all of my work is. Mainly because, although Sophia Taylor is a brilliant character, she is very depressed and living inside her mind is painful at times.
After The Human Herders, who knows? I have a lot of works in progress and a full series that I have already written, so I hate to say this…but I guess on that front, we will just have to wait and see.
Who/What had influenced you the most?
I have a lot of people in my life that I am thankful for, mostly my father. He inspires me. He broke his spine when I was about 4 and is going to be disabled for the rest of his life but he is still passionate about life. He is always there for me, I love my mother but she is the opposite. They divorced when I was little and although I didn’t live with my father, if you phoned him at four in the morning and said ‘Help me’ he would come to your aid immediately. He would do that with anyone and that is the kind of person I want to be.
On the front of events that have influenced me…I have rather a lot. Especially when it comes to writing The Bleeders. I have to tell people that I am not paranoid schizophrenic, even though I know people that are. It seems to be the first question they ask me if they meet me regarding the book. Well, the second question … t he first is always ‘Is Henry real?’
Have you ever experienced as addiction to a person, like Sophia?
Yes, maybe not to the scale as Sophia Taylor did, but I was/still am addicted to this person. It’s an odd feeling; as if he were to die then I would cease to exist. I hate feeling that helpless, it’s like there is a claw around my heart when I think about it. At least he feels the same way, although he is less verbose about it and more ‘stop being silly and talking about our deaths’
Do you incorporate any part of yourself into your characters or the place you have been?
Sophia Taylor, to me, was all of the characteristics about myself that I hated. My paranoia, my obsessive attitude—I wanted her to have someone just as broken as she was, but that she believed could do no wrong. I am a big fan of the audience knowing things the characters don’t. Sophia Taylor is a part of me, she comes through sometimes—but other than that we are different people. I’d like to think I have more empathy.
The character of Sophia’s mother, Julia Windermere is based on my own mother, as she is very much a child who must have whatever she wants. The fact she gets spoiled, often makes this worse.
I have spent 24 hours in mental health unit once. That wasn’t fun—the feeling you can’t escape just by saying ‘I want to go home now’ was something that stuck with me. But…I have never hired someone to kill someone else for me, so bonus points for that, I guess.
How long does it take to write a novel?
The Bleeders took about 4 weeks to write (The first draft), factoring in editing time about ten weeks overall. I write quickly, mainly because when I have an idea I want to see it in front of me, I want it tangible before it fades away.
Anything else you would like to add?
The Bleeders by Michaela Haze is on sale at amazon.co.uk (The new fully edited version from Dirty Jeans Publishing LTD) from the 28th of February. But feel free to check out my blog (www.michaelahaze.blogspot.com) to take part in my giveaway as part of the blog tour—where I’ll be giving away a signed copy of my book as well as some other goodies)
I also want to thank Katie for giving me such a lovely review! Your words made my face light up and I appreciate you taking the time to read my book. The fact you enjoyed it means a lot to me.
If you are interested in reading an excerpt of the book. CLICK HERE! for Chapter 1 and a Point of View epilogue by Henry Blair! Thank you Michaela for stopping by and letting us know a little about the working of who you are!