I'll be answering the questions about Safe-House, so let's get to them!
1) What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
Safe-House evolved from a more futuristic version of itself revolving around a video game, where criminal characters were trapped inside. But I didn't feel very passionate about this idea, and so it changed into a fantasy setting and grew from that. I've had the idea for around...a year I suppose, if you count the first version.
2) Describe what your novel is about!
Basically, it's about a group of criminals who take refuge in a place called the Safe-House. It functions as neutral territory amidst the Criminal Guild Wars, so any criminal can hide behind its walls if their lives are in danger. It is a law among all Criminal Guilds that no murder take place there, or the murderer and their family will be killed.
Mercy, who has fallen out with her guild, the Murderer's Guild, gets a job at the Safe-House. She is charged with protecting the Safe-House's guests, but after her arrival, one of them is found with their throat slit in their room. Slowly the guests start dying. They're surrounded by certain death: step outside the Safe-House's gates and be killed by their enemies, or wait for their death inside.
3) What's your book's aesthetic?
Dark Moody Splashed with dripping red Burning tattoos
Molten trust Shadowy Black, white, and grey hearts
4) Introduce us to each of your characters!
These are the main characters (the POVs):
Mercy -- fashionable "receptionist" who's a weapons expert
Clyde -- smirking poisoner with a fondness for baking
Ash -- optimistic thief who needs to understand the meaning of 'impossible'
Hood -- shapeless, nameless, faceless
5) How do you prepare to write?
I do a few character interviews, a lot of world-building, draw a couple maps, sketch a basic plot, and then dive in!
6) What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Since it's a mix of the fantasy and mystery genres, I'm really excited to see how the plot turns out. I only know a few scenes that will happen when I start writing, and it's so cool to see the story growing before my very eyes.
7) List 3 things about your novel's setting.
Most of the book takes place in the Safe-House, as it's really too dangerous to leave. #1 The Safe-House can hold up to twenty guests at a time, and so they have expansive rooms, including a small arena for practice, and a games room. #2 Practically everything has a nickname. The secret hallway to the kitchen = "snack liberation passageway." #3 The vegetable patch outside is rumoured to grow more poison than vegetables.
8) What's your character's goal and who (or what) stands in their way?
Mercy's goal (the story goal, not internal goal) is to figure out who the murderer in the Safe-House is and then, well, get rid of them. Secrets, darkness, and the murderer's cautious intelligence keeps her from achieving this.
9) How does the protagonist change by the end of the novel?
It's probably a bad thing I don't know exactly (it usually comes to me half-way through the first draft). I suppose Mercy's going to learn to put her past behind her.
10) What are your book's themes? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
Themes (at present) are: is there such a thing as right or wrong, or is everything grey; love, friendship, and acceptance. I want my readers to feel a little breathless and surprised at the end when the killer is revealed.
What WIP are you working on right now? What's it about? How do you prepare to write?
Let me know in the comments; I love hearing from you! <3