Today we warmly welcome author I.C. Camilleri to Marcia’s Book Talk. Isabella, author of the BLAKE mystery-thriller book series, in a brief interview, discusses her background, hobbies, and gives readers an insight into the BLAKE series, as well as her other books. And now, over to I.C. for more…
Q: Please introduce yourself and tell us something about your books.
A: I was born in 1969 on the Mediterranean island of Malta, and I was born wanting to study Medicine. My parents strived hard to give me the best education on the island. You see, life is all about priorities and my mother would buy a book for me rather than a shirt for herself. And so my parents nurtured my ambition and in 1993 I graduated in Medicine and Surgery. Shortly afterwards I moved to the UK, and this is where I still live. Medicine and writing are my passion. The Blake series is my first published work. All books in the series could be read as a stand-alone. Suggested order of reading;
The Blake Soul
The Blake Curse
The Blake Mistake
The Blake Legacy: A Fracture in Time
Q: What is the idea behind the Blake series?
A: The Blake books are supernatural thrillers with a dash of romance. I try to mould that moral fibre inside the heart of all my novels: The sanctity of human life is highlighted in The Blake Soul, the susceptible young mind lost to alcohol and drugs features in The Blake Curse and the detrimental effect of childhood psychological trauma features in The Blake Mistake. And my latest novel, The Blake Legacy: A Fracture in Time is all about peer pressure, intimidation and that desperate search for an exquisite type of pure love, a love untainted by monetary gains or sexual intentions, a love for the sake of love itself. I try to raise awareness…whether I succeed to do this in all my novels remains debatable, I guess, but the intention is there.
Q:What else have you written?
A: Week of Lies is a revenge thriller and romance set in London and it spans a fateful week of lies and deceit. The opening chapter takes us to New Year’s Day where Beth Banks wakes up to find her father dead in their multimillion pound house in London. It appears to be a suicide, but Beth has her doubts. She looks back on her previous week, her introduction into the cryptic world of Rob Menezes, the righteous law graduate desperately seeking a living, the man she has grown to love and trust despite his many facets. She sets out in search of the truth and she uncovers a dark secret that could radically change her life.
Q: Have you won any awards for your writing?
A: The Blake Curse was nominated for The People’s Book Prize UK, a national competition voted for by the public. After a three month vote The Blake Curse became one of the three finalists in the Summer 2013 Collection.
Q: What do you do when you are not writing?
A: I wish I could say cycling or swimming or something equally active but I guess I can’t lie. I should be promoting exercise but alas, listening to music and reading are my only other interests.
Thank you for reading!
Thank you for your answers I.C., I am certain readers have found your interview very interesting, and informative.
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