Monday, May 13, 2013

Sonnet O'Dell's Deadly Sin

Well, perhaps I should explain that Sonnet hasn't commited a deadly sin. LOL. She's the author of Deadly Sin. Sonnet was born at the John Radcliffe in Oxford and spent the first six years of her life living in the town of Abingdon close to both her grandparents and most of the rest of her family.
She moved after that to Cornwall for three years and then to Devon for another three before moving to where she has lived for the last fourteen or so years.
Sonnet now lives in Worcester, Worcestershire, famous for Lea & Perrin’s Sauce and as the site for the last battle of the Civil War. Sonnet has had a passion for the written word from a very young age and enjoys nothing more than to read a good book. The worlds created by words.    
Welcome to the blog, Sonnet.

Thank you very much.

So you live in Worcester in England. How has your environment affected your writing?

I can say it’s affected my writing quite a lot. When I was trying to write as a teen I would often get told that the story wasn’t believable because you could tell I didn’t know the places I was writing about. I was told: "write what you know". This philosophy is what let me to base my series here, in places I know, go to or see all the time.

Good advice.
How many books have you written?

In May my tenth book comes out, but it’s actually the sixth in my series – The Cassandra Farbanks Novels. Deadly Sin continues to follow Cassandra as she learns where her powers come from, to what extent they go and more about who her family are.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

I don’t know how much of me is in them but there has to be a little bit of me in all of them. You can govern certain situations, especially with main characters, by how you would react or apply the opposite. I like to think some of them have me sense of humour.

Do you travel to do research or for inspiration? Can you share some special places with us?

I recently went to Venice during Carnivale in order to do research for one of the Cassandra books. I needed to know what places looked like, felt like, smelt like. How I felt contemplating architecture, food and the people. I want people to feel like they are there when I write about it later.

Where do you store ideas for later use: in your head, in a notebook, or on a spreadsheet?

I have a ring binder folder, I tend to write my ideas out of whatever scrap of paper happens to be lying around. I put them into this folder to keep them safe encase I ever get time to pursue them further. I also use the memo app on my phone.

Can you tell us your future writing goals/projects?

I’m in the middle of writing book seven in the Cassandra series, I have a couple of romance novella’s on the go and I’m working on a horror that I hope to finish soon so I can submit it to my publisher to get on the schedule just after Halloween.

Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
I have my own blog: and my own website:

Are your books available in print and ebook formats? 

My book are available in pretty much all major formats, kindle, paperback, nook. They are available from Amazon:
and direct from my publisher at

Such a pleasure to meet you, Sonnet. I thank you for coming and inviting me over to your blog as well. Continued success in all endeavors!


widdershins said...

Congrats on reaching the 'big seven'. I know how hard it is to write a trilogy, let alone a seven book series. WTG!

Linda Hays-Gibbs said...

Great interview! I was really impressed with how many books are in your series. That takes a lot of dedication. I can't wait to read them all. I know they will be a hit. Good luck!
Linda Hays-Gibbs
My Angel My Light As Darkness Falls
Angel in My Heart, Devil in My Souk

Susan Whitfield said...

Linda, I know, right? I am writing my fifth novel in the Logan Hunter series and I'm 65 years old and moving slower than I'd like. Nice that Sonnet has started her writing career at a young age.

randi lee said...

Great interview. Congrats on getting that far into a series!