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May Freighter, author of the Annalise Storm Chronicles, is visiting Readeropolis today! We are pleased to share an interview with her. 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW


What is something unique/quirky about you?
I love watching horror movies. Most of the time, they make me laugh. In a way, they can be funnier than comedies. My friends, for some reason, don’t seem to share the same ideas when it comes to horror flicks. But, at least, they say that they can watch them with me because I make the films funny for them.


Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
When I was in my 2nd year of university, studying Genetics and Cell & Molecular Biology, on the day we received the result of our 1st term’s exams. I sat there, on the plush brown chair near the Biology labs and stared at my grades on my laptop screen. It was like looking into the pit of Cs and Bs that made me question whether I was meant to be in Genetics to begin with. So, I got up, shook off the feelings of worthlessness and marched into the office of the Head of Computer Science.

Joe was a nice man who asked me a bunch of questions as to why I wanted to change majors to CS and whether or not I had enough Mathematics and Programming modules in my previous course. Apparently, I managed to get most of the prerequisites from my electives in the previous year. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I was suited for Biology or computers, which is why I wanted to make sure I could transfer at any time. By the end of it, I had to take the second term off and start my second year again in September as a CS student with fifty-eight other guys and three girls.

At the end of university, I became a writer…


Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my mother. She is a doctor with fifteen years of experience in A&E and as a family doctor.  When she moved to another country where she had to learn a new language, she had worked as a cleaner, a veterinary nurse, a homoeopathy practitioner, basically almost everything to support her family. My brother has been sickly when he was little and up until he was ten. She had spent many nights by his side, looking after him and never complaining once. She made our meals, helped me study for my finals in school, and told me to follow my dreams when I was at a crossroad in my life, which is why I was able to pursue writing as a career path.


What book do you think everyone should read?
Probably the dictionary.


What kind of world ruler would you be?
This question made me laugh. I learned that when I play games like Democracy or Civilisation, I am a good, kind ruler or president until someone starts marching their armies my way. Then, I build my military to the point where I can eliminate my enemy. So, I guess I would be a normal one? *evil laugh*


Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Only the main and secondary characters come to me before I start writing a series or a book. The rest, they tend to pop up and say, “I’m such and such. I do this because of this.”


What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I do research as I write a book rather than before starting it (unless it’s historical). I can never know where my characters will go and what they’ll do. So, I tend to have to pause a lot and read up on history and lore when those times come.


Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Cake-loving introvert.


Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?
Never give up, don’t be afraid to try out new things, and believe in yourself. I don’t mean become self-absorbed or narcissistic when it comes to your work. Feedback is important, and you must take it in with an open mind. I mean that when you become an author, you are faced with a lot of uncertainty. Writing a book takes months, sometimes years. You are writing in a bubble, not knowing what people will like or think until you hand over the draft to your beta readers. Even those select few are a limited pool who have already seen your works and are used to them. So, there remains a lot of fret in the heart of a writer that shakes their confidence in their work from time to time. I don’t think there is an author who hasn’t experienced slight panic when sending ARCs of their books to reviewers and beta readers.


Case: 0
Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 1
by May Freighter
Genre: Dystopian Mystery, Romantic Suspense  


It’s the year 2330. At the end of the twenty-second century, the human race has divided into two distinct groups—purebloods and the ‘modded’. Those who are unfortunate enough to be genetically modified are now nothing but servants for their pureblooded masters.


Living in this time, you know your place, and you do not cross the line. So, when a violent death occurs in the Bronze District, Annalise is ordered to take this as her trial run at Divinity PD to prove that she can do the job as a member of the Human Possession Department. 


To defy her father’s wish to marry her off, and keep her Chief happy, she is determined to solve this murder by any means necessary—even if it means going to districts she has only read about in textbooks and fighting her forbidden feelings for her servant.


With internal battles, dirty politics, and sinister secrets, just how exactly will Annalise solve her Case: 0? And more importantly, will she live to see her next one?




Case: 1
Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 2


It’s official, Devlin is Annalise’s new partner. He’s charming, caring—a perfect gentleman who caters to her every need. That is until he starts to mix work with pleasure to convince her to marry him as per agreement with her father.


With her servant, Mavel, gone from her side, the cracks in the wall she created around her begin to come undone. To take her mind off the torment her heart is going through, she takes on another possession case in her old school, Montgomery Institute. But, what starts off as a simple case full of bad memories twists into a web of deception and lies involving everyone she cares about.






May Freighter is an internationally bestselling author from Dublin, Ireland. She writes Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-Fi mysteries that will keep you entertained, mystified, and hopefully craving more. Her only pets are cacti. They're the only things that survived. It may be too dangerous to entrust her with an animal while she's engrossed in writing.



On sunny, rainy, and overcast days, she spends her time with her fictional friends, putting them through dangerous adventures while wishing them the best of luck. Her hobbies are photography, drawing, and plotting different ways of a characters' demise. 





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