Integrate is a Paranormal Suspense/Thriller that centres around the murder of a young woman called Helena. Her identical twin sister Corinne, predicts Helena’s death during a tarot reading. Helena’s death hits Corinne hard and she struggles to cope with the loss. At her lowest ebb, Corinne becomes friends with Jack, a stranger in town, but whenever she is around him Corinne gets visions (premonitions), visions that keep taking her back to the horrifying scene of her sister’s death. Corinne realises that the visions may be her only chance of finally understanding what really happened to Helena.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Integrate actually started life as a screenplay. I trained as a Production Assistant (in Media), and I had always wanted to write a film script, something that was slightly dark, about a murder but with paranormal elements. I came up with Integrate (which is where the tarot and premonitions come in), and really enjoyed writing it . Sadly Integrate never got made into a film, instead it got packed away in a box in the attic which is where I re-discovered it a few years ago. After re-reading it, I decided it would make a great book, so I re-wrote it and published it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters were very easy for this book. There are only four of them, and two are twins. Jack had to be intense, and not in a good place in order for the story to work, and I wanted the twins to be polar opposites to give them one definition. I really enjoyed creating the characters in this book.
Grey laced clouds began to form and move across the dark sky as Jack continued his journey. The moon continued to bathe the surrounding countryside with ethereal silver light, and the silence remained. He lit another cigarette, allowing the thick smoke to envelop him. Tobacco was one of his favourite scents, and he savoured each blissful cigarette he smoked. The alcohol had started to numb him and it no longer burned when he took a swig. He could feel it flowing through his body, warming his blood and dulling his senses. Taking away the pain. He relaxed a little, enjoying the three things he loved most in the world: driving, smoking and drinking.
Glancing in the rear-view mirror, he caught his own reflection again. His bloodshot eyes were surrounded by dark circles; his face giving away his lack of sleep and fond affection for alcohol. He ran his hand through his dark mid-length hair, which was getting in his eyes again. It really did need a cut, another thing to add to the list of things he should do, but would probably forget to.
He was lost in life; had no direction.
Everything had been taken from him. Getting up each day seemed to serve no purpose at all. Waking each morning to usher in a new day only reminded him of all that was missing from his life. The only peace he found was whilst asleep or staring into the bottom of a glass. If he were an animal, someone would have put him out of his misery. His life was like the road he was currently travelling: long, winding, dark and so very, very lonely.
Chrissie lives in London with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry.
Chrissie is also an Author. Her thriller Integrate was released in October 2013 and her historical fiction Among the Olive Groves was released in July 2014.
Other written work includes factual articles for the Bristolian newspaper and guest articles for the charities Epilepsy Awareness Squad and Epilepsy Literary Heritage Foundation. Chrissie has also written a book of short stories and poems, one of which was performed at the 100 poems by 100 women event at the Bath International Literary Festival in 2013.
Chrissie is passionate about Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel, and has completed two six-month Archaeology and Egyptology courses with Exeter University. She also likes to read, collect books, make bracelets and listen to music.
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