Hello all to part 3 of The Cherry Ladies Interviews, a series of interviews where I have a chat with amazing and creative women who are connected to Bonfirecherry such as talented crafters, graphic designers, photographers, bloggers and writers!
This time around I’m having a chat with Icy Sedgwick, an author!
Icy is one of those annoying writers who says she has been writing "as long as she can remember". But in an effort to be more interesting, she's been published since 2008 when she first started getting short stories accepted. Since then, she's published two Westerns, two books in a dark fantasy series inspired by The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and the first novel in a supernatural adventure series is due in September 2018! Her style has been compared to Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, JK Rowling and even Tim Burton, but above all, she just wants to entertain you... (Btw this is her words about herself and not me haha)
Bonfirecherry/ Thanks for allowing me to interview you for this series celebrating the wonderful and creative ladies connected with Bonfirecherry! How are you today?
Icy Sedgwick/ I'm fine and dandy, thanks for asking! How is your good self?
BC/ Glad to hear, I'm great thanks at the moment! Of course I know the answer to this but for everyone reading this, how did you discover and become friends with Bonfirecherry?
IS/ We met through the #craftblogclub hashtag community on Twitter! We started chatting all things arty and hit it off. That's what I love about Twitter, it's easy to find your community using hashtags and wider conversations.
BC/ Yes I remember, oh I love twitter I think I've got a huge twitter addiction haha
When it comes to your writing, is there any writers that you admire/respect?
IS/ So many!! And I admire or respect them for different things. I really respect what JK Rowling has done in terms of world creation but also giving back to society and getting kids reading. I admire Stephen King purely for the sheer imagination he clearly has - Full Dark No Stars was so good I almost considered quitting writing! But then there are writers like Neil Gaiman or Roald Dahl who manage to show how absurd life can be, often using fantasy to make the point, which is more accessible than a lot of literary fiction. And indie authors like JF Penn who gives so much back to the writing community through her resources for writers, like her Creative Penn podcast.
BC/ Great choice of people, I loved Roald Dahl growing up and JD Salinger!
What got you into writing?
IS/ Ooh which JD Salinger novels?
It's a difficult question because I can't really remember what got me started. I'd just have an idea for something and then I'd write it. I think I started taking it seriously when I was sixteen. My Sixth Form college ran a night class in creative writing, and as a student there I could enrol for free. It gave me the impetus to write something new every week and from then on I was hooked!
BC/ Of course Catcher in the rye, I came across this book in the library at college and been hooked ever since. Also like Franny and Zooey.
Oh that's interesting!
With books being adapted into films nowadays, is there any books of yours that you would like to see turned into a film and which actors would you like to see in them?
IS/ I'd love to see what Hollywood might do with The Guns of Retribution, especially now a Deadwood movie has been greenlit. Westerns seem to work in cycles, so you'll get two or three every couple of years. Ideally, I'd want Stephen Amell to play my hero, Grey O'Donnell, but who knows who Hollywood would cast?! And I'd love for The Necromancer's Apprentice, the first book in my Magic & Mayhem, series to be made. It's a retelling of The Sorcerer's Apprentice so it's a familiar story. A couple of my readers have said they'd want Eva Green to play the necromancer, Eufame, and I really agree with them! She'd be marvellous.
BC/ Oh Can't say no to some Eva Green (and Keira Knightley!)
So my lovely readers can find out how many amazing you are, could you please give a list of what books you have released so far?
IS/ I have two Westerns, The Guns of Retribution and To Kill A Dead Man. Guns is more of a pulp adventure but Dead Man involves zombies so it crosses into the weird Western genre. And then I have a dark fantasy series too! The first book is a dark retelling of The Sorcerer's Apprentice and it's called The Necromancer's Apprentice. Then the story continues in The Necromancer's Rogue. That series has been compared with JK Rowling, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, which I'm pretty pleased about! If anyone likes Gothic or weird short stories, I have a collection, Harbingers: Dark Tales of Speculative Fiction, which people can get for free from my website, here.
To make things even more interesting in The Cherry Ladies Interviews, I thought why not ask a complete random question and see what answer you give.
What is your favourite sandwich filling?
IS/A/ I'm actually not a big sandwich eater! Greggs do a nice toasted sandwich with chicken, cheese and bacon that I like but I definitely will not turn my nose up at a chocolate spread sandwich. My inner 5-year-old is a big fan of those! What about you?
BC/ While I love chocolate, i never could get my head around chocolate spread in sandwiches lol I will have to say prawns or coronation chicken.
I would like to thank you again for taking part in The Cherry Ladies Interviews and for the final question I will ask if you got any advice for any young ladies who want to become amazing authors like you?
IS/ Start writing. Write what you want to read. And learn how to tell stories. There are plenty of amazing books, podcasts, and even online courses that will help you get to grips with character, plot, structure, and dialogue, among other things. Get to know other writers and share your work early on - not all feedback will be helpful, but learning to accept critique will give you specific things to work on. And write because you want to tell stories, not because you want to be fabulously rich!
Thank you very much for reading!