GUEST POST for Kate of Everywhere & Nowhere
Why I write and what
by S C Cunningham
From a very young age I’ve always known that my job in life was to entertain. To drag folk kicking and screaming into a world of escapism, to situations they’ve never experienced before and have them championing characters, willing them on and punching the air with a “Yesss!”. Whether via books, film or TV.
Having worked in the film industry, I write with film in mind. I have to feel, see, taste, smell, hear every scene. Like sinking into a hot bath and fully immersing myself into each moment.
Luckily, I’ve had a crazy accidental life which offers lots of fodder to pull storylines from.
British born of Irish parents I was plonked from the age of 8yrs for 8yrs into an Irish Catholic Nuns Boarding School in Ascot. From there I went on to international fashion modelling, marrying a rock musician, working within film (with musicians, producers, directors, actors, financiers and scriptwriters), working within sports celebrity management (with footballers, golfers, tennis & rugby players, jockeys, managers, chairmen, stadiums, golf & race courses, VIP’s, the press, PR and lawyers), working within charity (in Africa and Europe, with shareholders, financiers, royalty, moguls, HIV orphanages, schools and medications), working within crime investigation (with the police, custody blocks, prisons, absconders, wanted’s, forensic teams, major crime teams, intel analysts, crown prosecutors, suspects, victims, witnesses and Crimewatch).
I’ve been married and divorced twice (got drunk and married in Vegas, oops!), am a single mum to a wonderful daughter (Contemporary Artist) and owned by three dogs.
Phew! Reading the above I realise that I’m an old dog, who’s been around a lot, (smile!).
The end product of my journey thus far is that for the past ten years I’ve been writing steamy Psychological Thrillers (The David Trilogy) and gritty Paranormal Crime Romance (The Fallen Angel Series).… oh, and I’ve learned to prefer dogs over humans… mostly.
I tend to write what I know, both series of books are founded on real life experiences.
My David Trilogy ‘The Penance List’ was kick-started by an incident that happened to me in my twenties, when I was living in London. Frighteningly, I crossed paths with a prolific serial attacker who was targeting single girls living on their own in basement flats in Notting Hill and Olympia.
I got away unscathed (must have an Angel looking out for me) and helped Police with ID’ing the suspect. I remember looking at his face and wondering why? What awful thing happened in his life to turn him from a sweet little boy into an evil adult? The seed for my complex protagonist David Howard was sown.
Using a mix of my own experiences I created a world of manipulation, shining a light on the carnage ripple effect that the misuse of power, religion and passion can cause. And because I’m a romantic old bird who loves a bit of drama, my books have to have a few oh-so-sexy lead characters with complicated love lives, evil exes, edge of seat fear, steamy romances and cheeky laugh out loud banter.
‘The Penance List’ is a sexy thriller, think Psycho meets 50 Shades. It can be a little naughty and may not be for everyone. But if you’re brave enough, grab a glass of vino, close the bedroom door and read alone.
My Fallen Angel Series ‘The Deal’ was also kick started by a kidnap incident that happened to me as a child. At 3 or 4 years old I was taken and got away (that Angel again!). The following week another little girl was taken, she didn’t get away. I remember being upset that the nasty man had got away, and said my prayers every night, asking God for a deal – That if I was a good girl, when I die, would he let me sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, and help him get the baddies that slip through his fingers? This wish has stayed with me throughout life, I tend to find myself supporting the underdog, and looking for justice.
The Fallen Angel Series takes my childhood wish, mixes it with my crime investigation knowledge and the empowering thought that we’re not alone and creates a fictional fantasy where vigilante Angels dish out tough karma from the skies, protecting the underdog and sorting out the baddies (I keep expecting the heavens to lightning strike me down for the sex scenes and swearing, but so far so good!). I love writing this series, it’s fun; the angels are feisty, naughty and brave. And their work is contemporary and thought provoking.
I’m not religious, but I’d like to think that there’s something else out there, I don’t know what it is, an energy or quantum physics we don’t understand yet. Whatever it is, I’ve learned that if my gut says something, I follow it.
Spoiler alert – Because ‘The Penance List’ protagonist David Howard is SO delish to work with, he’s been dragged into The Fallen Angel Series, causing trouble. So this is not the last we see of him.
Thank you for taking the time to visit me. I hope my works make you hold your breath, shiver, laugh out loud, feel inspired and punch the air with a resounding “Yesss!”
Keep safe and follow that intuitive gut of yours, it’s the best weapon you have in your tool box.
Well I’ve not read the book but I’m certainly tempted to after finding out what David was inspired by, that gave me goosebumps.
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