'Kane's Cross: Witchfinder' by Elizabeth Wixley
Kane is battling post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing the horrifying death of a friend whilst on tour of duty in Afghanistan. His mental state is fragile and he self-medicates with alcohol. It’s whilst drinking that he meets Poppy, a young woman who resembles his sister who recently went missing under mysterious circumstances.
Oliver is a young archaeologist whose career is threatened by his numerous crippling phobias.
The three young people are drawn together as they struggle to unravel a mystery the world’s most powerful wish to keep secret.
Fear, illusion and reality mingle together until each person finds themselves on a precipice looking down. Will they have the courage and strength to fight their internal demons and become resourceful enough to combat the madness of their new world?
Our Interview with Elizabeth Wixley
How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?I have always been aware of a need to create. Originally I was drawn towards fine art and painting as a way of expressing and trying to understand the events in my life. When at sixteen I left home and moved to London. There I found myself isolated and lonely. I began to write down my feelings in an attempt to control the chaos of my difficult personal situations and to prevent myself being overwhelmed. I went to Art College and found that as I grew stronger I no longer wanted to write about myself, it felt too self-indulgent. It was at this point that I decided to look my fears in the eye and explore the human condition.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
The best aspects of writing by far is when the story writes itself and the characters take on a life of their own. I need to be passionate and interested in what I’m writing so I equally enjoy being surprised. However, the worst part about writing is when others misunderstand my intent or are offended by some characteristic in the story. My main aim is to explore an idea, to tell an engaging tale, which readers will either enjoy or not but it isn’t to upset others.
What inspires you to write?
Originally, fear was the inspiration behind my creativity. I vividly remember as a child being afraid of many things. It wasn’t helped by the fact that I was extremely gullible. If someone told me the sky was about to fall, I believed them. Growing up I realised the power of knowledge and the more you knew the less frightening things would appear. However, I do suspect that to this day when I’m writing I’m looking for answers, an escape, or a ‘get out clause’.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your writing and why?
I’ve always been an avid reader and have read a wide variety of books and genres. The choices I make are mostly dictated by the events occurring in my own life. Sometimes I want realism, other times escapism but often I want to experience those things I most fear from the safety of my home. I have enjoyed books purely for how someone has made use of the written language but typically I would overlook anything for a ‘good story’ with a strong plot and believable characters. Therefore, I do have my guilty pleasures. I continue to relish sitting down with one of the better Stephen Kings or Philip Pullman.
Can you tell us about your books?
My books frequently cross genres. Broadly speaking they are psychological, paranormal horror. I do like my ghosts. Despite this ‘In the Devil’s Own Words’ verges on fantasy adventure and ‘Blood Borne’, has an element of science fiction. ‘Adam’s Cross’ and ‘Kane’s Cross’ are thriller/mysteries inlaid with a black thread. My main themes are, the human condition, exploring the dark and mysterious facets of our world. I enjoy writing operatic, high contrast and pendulum swinging drama.
We appreciate your time Liz, thank you for joining us.
If you would like to find out more you can connect with Elizabeth on her website http://www.elizabethwixley.com
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