Genre: Erotic Thriller
Katrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet unknown, all sharing her body and mind as she goes about her work in a psychiatric hospital. But she is starting to unravel, and her sole hope is the handsome Dr. Sean Paisley, the only one who can make her whole again.
Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of mind control and torture.
Deborah: What inspired you to come up with the idea for your book?
S.P.: Inspiration came from my husband (also an undiscovered author), but the idea came from the true story of Candy Jones, a popular pinup girl of the 1940’s, who, a decade later, ended up as a hypno-programmed spy for the CIA. I read a book, The CIA’s Control of Candy Jones, by Donald Bain, and I thought this would make a good novel. Candy went on missions under an alter-ego called Arlene Grant, but Candy was unaware of what Arlene did. In other words she was a real-life Manchurian Candidate.
Deborah: Do you have a favorite scene? If so, what was it?
S.P.: Actually, a series of scenes which occur in Chapter 20 were the most fun to write. This is the part where the personality known as Anisa escapes the mental asylum and attempts to rendezvous with the handsome Dr. Paisley, who is trying to cure her. Fleeing her military controllers, she exhibits all the strength and resourcefulness of a female James Bond, as she eludes and ultimately outwits them.
Deborah: Is there a character you’d trade places with? If so, why?
S.P.: Cherry Cummins, because she is carefree and footloose, uninhibited, free of guilt, and can not only tolerate pain, but actually relishes it. She gets to travel all around the world and have sex with fascinating men and get paid a lot of money for doing it.
Deborah: Any challenges in writing this book?
S.P.: The truth about mind control and trauma-induced multiple personalities is an ugly one, yet the Girl Within Girl series is meant to be entertaining. I have to balance the entertainment portion with the message that these things did (and probably still do) exist and that the victims of those experiments have had their lives ruined. I hope to bring this out more in the second book.
Deborah: When you’re not writing, what are you up to?
S.P.: My husband and I live on a large piece of land, and tending to our trees and flowers is very relaxing. We also have a swimming pool and I’m in it several times during the day. Swimming helps me get ideas for my stories.
Deborah: How do you go about choosing the names for your characters?
S.P.: Now that’s an intriguing question. I really don’t know, they just pop into my head as I write. But I would love to hear how other authors go about it. I often wonder when I’m reading a novel how they came up with their character names.
Deborah: Do you have a favorite genre you like to read (other than the ones you write in)?
S.P.: Yes, quite a few, Roman Noir (especially James M. Cain), suspense-thrillers, mysteries, and the occasional non-fiction book.
Deborah: Print or e-books–do you have a preference?
S.P.: his is sort of a six of one, half-dozen of the other situation. I enjoy the look and feel of print books, but digital books offer lots of advantages. You can store hundreds, even thousands of them on your device, they are easy to bookmark and highlight your favorite parts, but difficult to lend out if they have Digital Rights Management. My book has no DRM, so it can be freely copied. (I’m not concerned with getting paid for every single copy, only that it’s popular)
Deborah: Favorite time of day & why?
S.P.: I love the mornings. I’m an early riser, rising with the sun. As the start of a new day, morning carries a fragrance of possibilities.
Half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), I’m a woman whose head is filled with fantasies and intriguing stories, and who wants to share them with others.
I live in the countryside of southern Cambodia with my author husband. I used to own a beauty salon, but I sold it when I got married. After editing my husband’s novels, I decided to try my hand at writing my own.
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