Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)
I’m a self-confessed perfectionist, medical student, black belt in karate, dog-lover, aspiring author, and it goes without saying that I love books probably a little bit too much! I have an interest in photography and am constantly on the lookout for new landscapes to catch on camera. I also love all things Spanish, have a slight addiction to ice-cream and cry way too easily at sad movies and books… That pretty much sums me up!
What inspired your story for Felinity?
I somehow stumbled across an article on the evolutionary development of cats and dogs and was intrigued by how both animals actually stem from the same carnivorous ancestor – the miacid. I find it fascinating how the biological split of this creature millions of years ago instigated some sort of rivalry between the two species, and couldn’t stop myself wondering about why and how that came about. That’s really the initial spark that got me writing.
How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?
I think that’s a great idea! Illustrations can really help the writing to come alive!
What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m always writing something or other! I’ve recently finished a YA fantasy romance – a story that’s ultimately about forbidden love and all its dangers and hardships – which I’m hoping to start sending out to agents/publishers soon. Scary times! I’ve also got a contemporary YA novel planned out that’s currently just a heap of notes in my drawer, screaming to be written. Just got to get my med school exams out the way first, then that will have my complete attention!
The most important question – cats or dogs?
Dogs, without a doubt. I have a 7 month old Cockapoo called Ruby and she’s just the cutest thing ever: I’m sure she’d convert anyone!
1. How would you guide an alien through making a marmite sandwich?
Well, I personally hate marmite so I’d probably try and persuade the alien not to make the sandwich in the first place!
2. What’s your greatest achievement?
I’d have to say receiving my black belt in karate is something I’m extremely proud of! I’ve spent over ten years pouring my heart and soul into the sport and to finally receive something in exchange for all the blood, sweat and tears has made the many hours spent training completely worth it.
3. Who s the living person you most despise?
I try not to hate anyone really – you can never have too many friends! I save my dislike for fictional characters instead! One of the most evil people I’ve come across in literature has to be Shakespeare’s Iago – he really makes my skin crawl!
4. Do you take the shampoo and soap from hotels?
I do… When you’ve got hair as crazy as mine, you can never have enough shampoo!
5. What would be your motto?
It’s cliché but ‘live life to the full’. So many people let amazing opportunities pass them by and I don’t want to be that person who looks back in years to come and has regrets because they didn’t embrace life. Time is too precious.
6. What did you want to be when you were little?
Growing up, I was a huge Enid Blyton fan and was adamant that I was going to create my own secret group and solve mysteries for a living! Then, I decided I was going to be a vet – but that only lasted until my first rabbit had to be put down, and I changed my mind again.
7. Who do you admire most and why?
A best friend of mine. She’s had so many horrible things thrown at her over the last few years but has stayed strong throughout it all and is undoubtedly the most positive, optimistic, incredible person I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. I don’t think I could ever confront life’s hardships with as much courage as she’s done. She’s a real inspiration.
8. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4 – what is it?
“…the dog keeps me from getting too close to magnets.” (My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult).