Interview with Stephen Hadow, author of Darkling Child
Kate is plunged into what she believes is a nightmare that she can’t seem to awaken from. To make matters worse, she’s being hunted by ‘The Bogeyman’. As she journeys through her nightmare looking for a way home, she discovers both who – and what – she really is, as well as uncovering the answer to one of mankind’s most profound questions.
But there are powers at work that don’t want Kate to escape. Now she has to find her way out of her nightmare with the truth … and her life.
What genre is Darkling Child?
Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love Darkling Child.
Now we’re really intrigued – and a little scared.
Kate’s a naïve sixteen year old, in some ways scared of her own shadow (no pun intended), while also having a strong central belief in herself and what is right and wrong.
A daemon named Wolf?
Come on, you’ve got to give us something.
A common theme linking all the characters in my book – including Kate’s adversary , Shadow – is that they all have deep, dark secrets.
And is that what you’re like? How much like you are your characters?
In the end I simply wrote what I felt, and it was as if I were rediscovering a story that I’d forgotten long ago. I imbued my lost naivety and wonder in Kate, and tried to endow Cicerone with my wisdom (!?). That left my bitterness and despair for Shadow. All in all it was a very cathartic process writing these guys, and they develop into even more absorbing, ‘I want to know about you’ characters in book 2. That’s especially true of Shadow, who may not be… Hehehe, I better not say too much as I’ll spoil the storyline.
I know it’s not a straight answer, but I’m a Scotsman. We don’t do straight answers …
You’re a Scot? Tell us more about you.
Apart from that I’m married and have two cracking kids – don’t worry, the plasterer’s coming around on Thursday! – and I live on the east coast of Scotland (brrr!). One day I’m determined to find out what this ‘Sun’ thing is that everyone keeps talking about on the weather forecast!
Have you got a website?
What about social media?
How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Airport, Darkness – can you give us a brief storyline?
The airport was in darkness. Strange lights hovered high in the atmosphere, their phosphorous glow doing little to banish the unnatural night that had descended upon midday London. As if summoned by the prayers of the passengers in Heathrow’s Terminal 1, or possibly sent by the gods themselves, a man and woman appeared out of nowhere. They looked at each other for the longest of moments, then nodded. The man casually walked over to a nervous looking Easy-Jet check in assistant, whose pock marked face took on a deeply sinister hue in the darkness, and asked; “Is this Hounslow? I was told there’s a great Kebab house around here…”
And so began the end of the world – brought about by one man and woman’s search for the ultimate Kebab.