Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
While writing this novel, I kept thinking about blood. Blood is one of the strongest images that haunts these characters. All for different reasons. Due to the mysterious murder of Helen, all the characters we follow have secrets of their own. I often had my muse whisper to me, ‘Blood will tell. It’s only a matter of time, but it will tell.’
In other words, I wanted to portray that we are all shadowed with dark sides. There is good and evil in us all. These characters rise and fall throughout the novel. I feel because of their flawed humanity, it strengthens the realism. You want to both love and hate them.
A specific message? I suppose that we are all, as humans, capable of terrible things if we are pushed to those extremes.
Which of your characters is your favourite?
From this novel, I feel like my favourite character is Sylvia. She is a flawed individual who wants more from her life than what she has so far. Trapped in a decade where women are subservient to their husbands, she struggles to find happiness there. Since she is Dutch, it was a fun challenge to slide Dutch phrases during her scenes. Another favourite of mine is Harold. His love for his wife makes my heart melt. Even though he struggles with her absence, I find him to be one of the strongest characters.
It might be cheesy but I love all my characters for different reasons. Due to the nature of this novel, I also hate many aspects of all the characters. They are truly flawed and their dramas were entertaining to play out.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
I do read reviews written about my book, Poisoned Waters. Even though reviews can be negative at times, I find that they are still as valid as the positive ones. From negative reviews, I can see why people didn’t like it. If it’s something that I can improve, then I will. It can be hard reading a negative review because as writers we pour our hearts into our novels. If you can’t seem to fix what the reviewer wanted improved, as an author, you have to keep in mind that not everyone will love your book. It’s a hard truth, but it’s one we all have to accept! More than most reviews have been positive though. So that’s great news!
What input, if any, did you have in the cover design?
I designed my book cover. So, I’d like to think that I had quite a lot of input! Haha! I did compare two covers on my blog I share with Eliabeth Hawthorne (my co-author on our Blind Sight urban fantasy series). Our followers were able to help me out in
deciding the perfect fit. I also have a free book cover collection at the blog for any other author on a budget. Feel free to snag one! I love helping a fellow writer out.
Poisoned Waters by Ermisenda Alvarez
Published by Ermilia LLC on Aug 1, 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Bloody mistakes, ugly scars, and beautiful lies. A tale of corruption.
Helen Gardener is murdered on a trans-Atlantic cruise. The Diamond Royale sails from Southampton to New York with her murderer aboard. Set in the 1950s, Poisoned Waters follows the stories of seven unfortunate characters and how they are affected by her death. Was it merely an accident? Mr Phillips, the owner of the ship, and sponsor of the cruise, rules with an iron fist, in search of something or someone.
Lies spiral out of control as the suspects try to survive the final days on board. Conflicted by their sense of morals, greed, and lust, they realise what kind of people they really are. Who will rise? Who will fall? Who was Helen’s murderer?