Questions with Kirsty Ferguson

Kirsty Ferguson is an award winning, multi-genre writer from Melbourne, Australia. She mainly writes in the crime and mystery genre with occasional works of paranormal and historical horror.

​Kirsty has been writing professionally since 2015 and has released three crime and mystery books to date. She has released the first two books of the Little Girl Dead Series, Little Girl Dead (book 1) and Little Girl Revenge (book 2), which are both crime novellas, and cozy stand alone mystery, Severed Heart.

Kirsty’s next crime book to be released is called What Lies Beneath Us and will be released on 1 December 2018.

Kirsty has been writing stories since she first discovered Stephen King’s ‘Cujo’ at the tender age of nine and she hasn’t stopped since.

​Kirsty is currently studying towards a BA in Professional Writing and Publishing and is always working on her next novel.

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I’m so thrilled (See what I did there? Sorry, I’m way overtired) to have Kirsty on my blog! Her books look fascinating and I’ve added her latest straight to my TBR. I hope you enjoy her answers. I think they’re wonderful!

  1. Tell us a bit about your latest book.

It’s a crime novel, sub-genre, domestic noir. It’s about a mother, Jessica James who is suffering from postpartum depression and is accused of murdering her infant son. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a look into mental illness, an in-depth study of family dynamics and how mental illnesses can impact each member of the family unit.

  1. What was your inspiration for the story?

I was reading an article about a mother with postpartum depression and it got me thinking, how would it feel to not love your child? How it would impact your entire family, not just you. I wanted to write a crime novel that focussed on Jessica and the relationships around her.

  1. Tell us about your main character? Why should we fall in love with them?

The main character’s name is Jessica James and while you won’t fall in love with her, you’ll feel a spectrum of feelings for her. If you’ve ever had trouble connecting with your baby, you could be her. Sometimes, examining Jessica’s life, scratching the surface can be uncomfortable. She’s realistic and trying to hold her life together as best she can. I think we can all relate.

  1. Have you always written, or is it something you’ve come to in adulthood?

I have always written, from a young age, I wrote story after story, writing my first ‘real’ novella when I was fifteen. I started writing professionally three and a half years ago.

  1. What was your favourite book as a child?

I have several, for different reasons. Anne of Green Gables and Gone With The Wind for strong female leads, stories of hope and optimism (yes GWTW was set against the Civil War, but it was so much more than that), and women ahead of their time, and Cujo when I wanted to be scared silly.

  1. Favourite female author?

While I have always loved Margaret Mitchell, I have recently discovered two authors whom I adore. Loreth Anne White and Aussie Sarah Bailey.

  1. What was the last book you read and loved?

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey. I love books set in small towns, especially small Australian towns.

  1. Do you have a favourite quote by a female author?

“After all, tomorrow is another day” by Margaret Mitchell.

  1. Do you have a favourite illustrator of children’s books? Why?

Not so much children’s books, but I loved Bill Williams’ work on the Scooby Doo comics.

  1. What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you’ve received?

Best advice? Never give up and if anyone tells you you’re not good enough, stuff ‘em! Worst advice? That old chestnut, don’t give up your day job.

  1. What is your favourite song by a female singer and why?

Songbird by Fleetwood Mac. It’s such an emotional song, makes my cry every time I hear it. Also, At Last, by Etta James. Both powerful singers who evoke emotion in me.

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You can buy Kirsty’s work (like I will be!) at Amazon.