Recently we attended the amazing launch for The Accident Season, held in what I can best describe
as an eclectic speakeasy - there was even a password to get through the door (and I had my tarot read) so what better chance to have a chat with author Moira Fowley-Doyle author of the delightful The Accident Season...
The launch is so wonderful – thank you for coming! And this place is incredible – I especially love the antique typewriter on the wall. Very Accident Season-y! Although I do suspect the taxidermy animals may be haunted.
2. Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind The Accident Season?
To be honest the idea of the accident season itself just sort of appeared when I started to write. I wanted to write a dreamy, maybe slightly eerie story where reality and fantasy could be interchangeable. I wrote a rough, short novel when I was sixteen that had an element of forbidden love as well as a mysterious girl setting mousetraps and hanging dreamcatchers in a forest, and I wanted to take those ideas and develop them properly, but the first thing that came out when I sat down to write was “It’s the accident season, the same time every year.”
3. Have you had much experience with accidents?!?
I’m actually a very accident-prone person – I’ve broken five bones since the age of seventeen. My
ankle, my nose, two toes – twice! – and when I was half-way through editing The Accident Season I
broke my wrist. So I guess accidents must have been somewhere on my mind when I sat down to
4. What is your writing process like?
I’m currently writing my second novel and the process is very different this time around because
when I first wrote The Accident Season three years ago I had no children, and now I have two. I
wrote the first draft of The Accident Season chronologically in a month and a half – I actually wrote
the first 50 thousand words over NaNoWriMo – whereas this book is taking considerably longer, and
I’m writing it in bits and pieces and connecting the dots as I go.
5. Did you draw any of your characters from real people (because they felt real!)?
Thank you, that’s so lovely to hear! I didn’t base any of them on anybody real, although I was maybe
a little Bea-ish myself as a teenager.
6. What's the best Halloween party you've been to?
I haven’t been to any Halloween parties in a long time because I’ve been performing with the Rocky
Horror Picture Show Ireland for the last ten years and we put on a show every Halloween. (We have
one on Valentine’s Day too.) It’s no Black Cat and Whiskey Moon Ball, but it’s always a great way to spend Halloween! [Side not this sounds amazing I want to see see!!!]
7. Tarot cards feature a lot in the story (and I've just had a really interesting reading - the first time
I've ever had one), have you had much experience with Tarot, did you do a lot of research into it?
I started reading tarot when I was fifteen (as I said, I was maybe a little bit like Bea!) and have
regularly since. I’m by no means an expert, but I think that it’s a really nice way to connect with your
subconscious and translate your questions and troubles through the stories on the cards.
8. If you had a changeling what would it be?
I’ve always thought I could very easily turn into a tree.
9. If The Accident Season had a soundtrack what songs would you pick for it?
I actually have an Accident Season mixtape all picked out. It’s mostly songs about woods and wolves
and rivers and I’m kind of in love with it. You can listen to the playlist on The Accident Season Tumblr page: http://accidentseason.tumblr.com/playlist
The Accident Season is out now! Let us know what you thought and check out our review HERE