About the Book:
“My name is Avery Blake. I will be the hero for the next 300 pages. Well, in my opinion I will be anyway. After all, this is my story.
My primary occupation is as a pharmaceutical rep. I hate to say I do love the sales and I definitely love the cash… But it doesn’t send adrenaline shooting through my body and make me bounce up and down like a kid in a sweet shop.
No, the things that really get me going include painting, volunteer work, killing, tap dancing and golfing.
Yes, you read that correctly.”
One person’s crazy is another person’s reality, with so much in this world being left to interpretation, is killing really wrong? Are serial killers really insane? Anyway, who are you to judge?
The locals of Southhurst would never dare wonder the streets alone at night, since there has been a serial killer terrorizing the area for fifteen years. But Avery Blake isn’t afraid.
Avery Blake is a serial killer. She kills because she enjoys it. But how long can she go on like this, before someone catches on?
Insane is a psychological thriller addressing the different perceptions of morality and what influences them.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I live on the outskirts of London and have done all my life. I am a 19-year-old student of philosophy and maths. Along with this being my debut novel, I am also a singer-songwriter. I have 2 singles out and am currently working on an EPQ. I used to be an affiliated horse rider – but I gave it up to pursue music. But writing? That has been something I have always done. I have written several “novels” as a child, I always loved creating new stories.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
My favourite place to write is in a library – I feel like I can fully concentrate there because everyone else is concentrating too! As for a time, I think a bad weather day. There is nothing worse than being cooped up inside on a lovely sunny day! When it’s pouring with rain, it makes me feel motivated to write! I think this is a little cynical!
3: Where do your ideas come from?
It varies. Sometimes I like to just write a couple pages with nothing in mind – and see where it takes me. Sometimes I like to have an idea for one character – and just let their life take me wherever. A lot of the time, I will be reading a book or watching a movie and I won’t like the direction they decide to go – either with the characters or the story. So, I say to myself “Why not write a similar story, but take it where I want!” Hannibal Rising actually somewhat inspired my debut novel “Insane” in this way.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
The first few stories I wrote – yes. I had a strict plan, I knew what was going to happen in every page of every chapter. But I realised – this is boring! The best part of writing is the creativity – and if you plan everything, then that disappears! Now, I know that I have to get from A to B, but I just let the story figure out how it wants to get there.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
My debut novel is a psychological thriller – and I am definitely going to stay in this genre. I love the suspense – I think this keeps the story going at a nice pace. Mainly, I love being made to think – and making other people think. I want to make people question their beliefs – make them ask themselves “what would I do in this situation?” I think it is so powerful and it gives the book more meaning than just entertainment.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
When I was writing Insane, I had photos of the main characters in my notes – I knew exactly who I imagined playing each of them! For Avery Blake – I would have to say Megan Fox. Harry Ellis – Mark Ruffalo and Him – Ricky Whittle. I have actors in mind for the other characters too, but they are less set in stone for me.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I have a weird pattern of reading. I will read ten books in two weeks – and then nothing for three months! I’m trying to be more consistent though. My favourite authors are Rachel Vincent, Clare MacIntosh and Ali Land – who has released only one novel, but it is amazing and I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with!
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m currently reading “Faking Friends” by Jane Fallon and I just finished “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite book is Malorie Blackman’s “Stuff of Nightmares”. This is because it is one of the first books I read, it is a very nostalgic one for me and I think it is just a brilliant story and the way she tells it is very clever. I haven’t read it in a while, though, so I need to again soon.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
I have tried and given up on writing several books in the past – partly because I ended up not liking the story and partly because I had a lack of motivation. So, for me, I have found that tight deadline works best. With a strict deadline, you have to get the book finished, it means that your subconscious that take over and the story can write itself and you will also keep a good level of motivation.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
My website is www.insanenovel.co.uk and on all social media platforms my handle is @InsaneNovel. I post frequently on them all, but I am most active on Instagram.
About the Author:
Hollie Thubron is a singer, songwriter and author from the outskirts of London and has been writing novels since she was child. It has always been her dream to be a published author and that dream has been achieved, with Insane being her debut novel. She is fascinated by the psychology of serial killers as well as the debate about morality and so she is studying Philosophy at the University of Bristol.