The Fantastical Trish Moran is my Guest Author
I am delighted to welcome Trish Moran as my guest author today.
Those who are expecting a crime or thriller author do read on because Trish’s books are a thrill whichever genre you prefer.
Let’s discover more about Trish…
Trish Moran was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to the Midlands, UK at a young age. Her first teaching job took her to London and she later taught in Greece. After several years, she travelled to Australia and worked as a bank teller in Melbourne.
After over a decade outside the UK, she moved back to the small Midlands town where she grew up.
Trish has always been an avid reader; one of her friends describes her as a readaholic, nervously lining up her next book as she comes to the end of the present one. She enjoys reading a wide variety of books which includes YA – especially fantasy and stories of more down to earth dysfunctional families; adult thrillers with complicated plots; and stories with quirky characters. She loves to discover a book with a new slant and think, ‘Gosh, what a great idea! I wish I’d thought of that!’
In her thirties, Trish decided she would like to try writing, and completed several (unpublished) short stories and novellas before embarking on the Clone Trilogy – YA Sci-Fi; Mirror Image, Altered Image, and Perfect Image, published with Accent Press.
Shrinking Violet, to be published with Solstice Publishing, is her first venture into YA Paranormal.
As well as reading and writing; Trish enjoys going to the gym, walking, and taking photos of trees and clouds.
I’m going to allow Trish to tell your about her writing and inspirtation herself. It is just so out there.
I can remember exactly when I had the idea for the Clones trilogy. It was quite a few years ago, we were in our previous house and I was ironing in the kitchen, looking out at the buds appearing on the magnolia tree, when the idea came to me to write about a group of people who felt isolated and different from the rest of society. And it grew from there.
I decided my ‘outcasts’ would be a group of teenage clones created for medical purposes. At this age, they would be ambitious and enthusiastic as they struggled to gain the rights they felt they were due, but too young to have adult status which left them even more vulnerable.
The story is set in the near future, so there was plenty of scope for possible technological developments. As it is a novel for young adults and teenagers, I felt I could also include an element of fantasy and imagination.
At first, I thought that the book would trace the story of the clones, who call themselves Labs, people created in a laboratory, fighting for their independence and would end when they won equal rights with ordinary humans, Non-Labs. But as I wrote, I realised that this point would only be the beginning of their story. How would different people react to them? What kind of prejudices would they face? And also, how would the Labs themselves react to their Non-Lab counterparts? Would they have their own prejudices?
Book one, Mirror Image, follows the Labs as they strive to gain equality with their Non-Lab neighbours.
In Book two, Altered Image, a splinter group of Labs, the Radicals, set out to create the perfect person, experimenting on vulnerable people to achieve their aims.
And in the final book, Perfect Image, the Radicals move ahead to establish their idea of a perfect society.
Is a perfect society possible?
I spoke to several people of different ages who had read the books. The older ones usually argued that a perfect society probably isn’t possible while several of the younger readers were more optimistic. Maybe there’s hope for a better future for us all.As I finished the final book, I thought of the main characters and where they would go next. It seemed strange that they would not be following the path I was writing for them. Most of them had found a way of life that suited them, but I let a few escape to continue their personal quests…
I began to gather ideas for the next step – Artificial Intelligence! At present, still a work in progress…
The idea for Shrinking Violet came to me after spending a weekend with two other YA writers at the ComicCon in London several years ago.
What a weekend that was! It started off with our train being cancelled. Myself and another young woman I met on the station platform managed to persuade another young woman, who neither of us knew, to give us a lift to the next train station.
I began to realise what a big event this was as my new travel companion began to apply makeup and don a wig as we sped towards London! I felt like I was getting off the train with a totally different person!
I was amazed to find myself surrounded by fantasy characters as we made our way by tube to the venue.
After two days of talking to writers and readers and being surrounded by people in the most outlandish of costumes – even whole families dressed up as their heroes – I felt I had been swept up into another world. I pulled out my notebook on the train home and jotted down ideas for my paranormal hero who would come to the rescue of my timid human character. (I find I have great empathy for the underdogs of life!) With my imagination working overtime, I thought up the most outlandish ideas for school pranks and a very unlikely scenario for a school play – all designed to stimulate my timid characters (there were three now) to come out of their shells.
That was a rainy summer, and I managed to finish the whole story in three months. But it was another two years of serious editing with help and advice from some professional editors before I had the final copy.
While serious issues are covered in this novel: bullying, the stigma that can go with poor social background and developing self-esteem – there is also a good deal of humour and a fast pace with lots of action to lighten the mood.
Now, I’m jotting down notes for my next paranormal novel. Where will I find inspiration this time?
To buy Trish’s fasb books and to find out more about her visit her on her social media – links below:
Trish, thanks for being such an interesting guest author. You remind of of Agatha Christie who said all the ebst ideas come when washing up – yours come whilst ironing and attending comic conventions. So wonderful. I wish you much success with all your books and hope my readers will soon be your readers too.