I’m delighted to be chatting with Tracey Sinclair today, author of the Dark Dates/Cassandra Bick series. Angel Falls is the third novel in the series.
Tracey Sinclair works as a freelance writer and editor.
Her novel and collection of short stories (Doll and No Love Is This, respectively) were published by independent publisher Kennedy & Boyd, and Angel Falls is her third novel in the Cassandra Bick series.
Her work has appeared online and in print in magazines as diverse as Sky, Printer’s Devil, Yours and Woman’s Weekly, and has been performed on the radio. Her first play, Bystanders, was premiered as part of the New Writing Season at Baron’s Court Theatre in 2011 and later staged at both the White Bear and Tristan Bates Theatre.
She is theatre lover and regular contributor to online theatre magazine Exeunt (www.exeuntmagazine.com).
The Cassandra Bick Chronicles:
A Vampire Walked Into a Bar – Short Story
A Vampire Christmas – Short Story
A Vampire in Edinburgh – Short Story
(These are available also in paperback as A Vampire in Edinburgh and Other Stories)
A Vampire in New York – Short Story
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Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Angel Falls in 20 words or less.
Angel Falls is the third Dark Dates novel, and sees the protagonist Cass fighting a grave new supernatural threat.
If you could choose to be one of your characters in your novels, which would you be?
Undoubtedly Cass from Dark Dates – she’s snarky, geeky and surrounded by hot guys!
Was there anything about your protagonist that surprised you?
My characters often surprise me. I think the biggest shock was when writing the Dark Dates short story, A Vampire in Edinburgh, which was supposed to be about the hunter Cain going to the Edinburgh Festival to solve a murder, and was set outside the main novels. And then halfway through, unbidden, the vampire Laclos popped up. He wasn’t even supposed to be there and so the story became a whole different thing (though admittedly much more fun!).
Angel Falls is part of a series, what is in the future Tracey?
Angel Falls ended on a cliff-hanger, so I am working on the next one – though I also have some other projects on the go.
What are your thoughts on movie adaptations?
Does the screen do books justice?
Do you have a favourite?
I think it depends on the book and the movie. Some are beautifully complementary (for instance, I love both the source material and the films of Brokeback Mountain and Dangerous Liaisons), sometimes the adaptation simplifies a complex novel – for better or worse! I’d argue, say, that Bladerunner is a big improvement on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Does your series tackle a social barrier?
I’m not sure my novels tackle any social barriers as such, but they tend to feature a diverse cast in terms of race, sexuality, class, etc. Partly to reflect what I know, and partly because I think books should be diverse. It’s also slightly ridiculous to set a book in contemporary London, for example, and only write about straight white people! Certainly themes such as feminism, class, gender, loneliness, sexuality and depression have featured in my books – sometimes only touched on lightly, but I think just because a book isn’t a heavyweight serious tome doesn’t mean it can’t reference serious issues: they’re all part of life!
To end our chat Tracey, I would be interested in what you think short stories give to the reader that a full-length novel doesn’t. Have e-readers made a difference?
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy writing Dark Dates stories. And this has been completely facilitated by e-readers: it means you can download a story for a quid or so, without them having to be long enough to justify a print run (though many of mine are actually quite long!). The Dark Dates novels are narrated by Cass, so part of the pleasure of the stories is they allow you to see the characters from different viewpoints. As a reader, I love it when authors like Lee Child produce one-off shorts – they are such a mini-treat.
Wishing you success with all your projects 🙂
It isn’t easy to surprise Cassandra Bick. When you run a human-vampire dating agency, your colleague is a witch who is engaged to a shifter and your business partner is one of London’s most powerful (and sexiest) vampires, there’s no such thing as a normal day at the office.
But when a mysterious Dark Dates client brings a dire warning of a new threat to the city’s supernatural community, Cass and her friends realise they are up against their deadliest foe yet – and that this time, the danger is far closer to home than they could ever have imagined.
Sexy, snarky and with more bite than a crypt full of vampires, Angel Falls is the latest in the Dark Dates: Cassandra Bick series.
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