Welcome, Shani Struthers.
How would you describe your writing style in only three words?
Shani: Tight. Consistent. Spooksville.
If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?
Shani: I fancy them all – well, the male ones anyway. But… probably Cash from Psychic Surveys, the same kind of things interest him that interest me (funny that!).
If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?
Shani: Again it would have to be Psychic Surveys – accompanying them on a particularly scary case, I do love a bit of spiritual domestic clearance! Having said that, I have accompanied psychics on real life cases before, been responsible for wafting round the smudge sticks to cleanse dark corners or tinkling bells to break down negative energy. But you know the most vital bit of kit? A sense of humour! It’s impossible to be scared when you’re laughing. Contrary to popular perception, the psychics I know are a cheery bunch.
Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?
Shani: That’s a hard question – can I have two? Elvis Presley and Winston Churchill – one who changed the world and one who saved it. We’d dine on deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches accompanied by a glass or three of vintage Bolly.
If you had to write in a different genre which would it be and why?
Shani: I already write across two different genres – contemporary romance and paranormal mystery. After I’ve written Book 3 in the Psychic Surveys series though, thinking of sitting down and writing an out and out horror – but a clever horror mind, something to do with the Occult. Ooh, me timbers are shivering just thinking about it!
What do you dislike the most about being an author?
Shani: The hours – I’ve never worked this hard before in my life!!!
Favourite word? Shani: Delegate!
Shani Struthers was in the chair: author of The Runaway series & The Psychic Survey series