Friday, June 17, 2011

BBT: The Banishing by Fiona Dodwell & Giveaway

As part of the Bewitching Book Tours schedule, Reader Girls welcomes adult horror writer Fiona Dodwell and The Banishing tour.

Book Description:
When Melissa first notices the change in her husband - subtle at first - she thinks it may be the stress of moving into their new home. Or working long hours. But soon her husband turns into something far darker, far more sinister. Who or what is the dark shadow living beneath her husband? What is haunting him? Melissa must quickly find the answer to these questions, because Mark is changing, and fast. Soon her fight will be for her life, as well as for her marriage.

To find out more about The Banishing (ebook, 175 pages, published March 1, 2011 by Damnation Books):Goodreads/Amazon Kindle/Barnes&Noble paperback

Author Bio:
Fiona Dodwell lives in the UK with her husband. She works in mental health, part-time, and writes dark fiction whenever she has the chance. She has studied an unusual mixture over the years, from film studies, theology and drama to psychology. She began entering fiction contests at a young age, winning several, and had some of her poems published. Her first horror novel to be published, The Banishing, is a dark story exploring demonic possession and domestic abuse, was released in March. 

We welcome Fiona Dodwell.

Tell me about yourself and your writing career to date.
I'm 29 years old, and I live in the UK with my husband. I have studied quite a varied mix over the years – from drama and psychology to film studies and theology. I began writing when I was a child – books were a passion from an early age – and the interest and fascination with creating stories flourished from there. My first book, The Banishing, has just been released with US Publisher Damnation Books. My second novel, Obsessed, has just been contracted for publication this summer!

Your new book is The Banishing. Can you tell us about it?
The story deals with some dark issues – from domestic abuse to demonic possession. As a reader you become intertwined in the life of a young woman who, after suffering abuse and torture at the hands of the man she is married to, begins to suspect there is something paranormal about his drastic change in behaviour.

What gave you the idea?
Well, the idea evolved over time. I have always been absolutely fascinated by the idea of demonic possession, but I loved the idea of taking this theme and throwing a whole new spin on it. Instead of projectile vomiting and spinning heads – the Hollywood version we all know - I wanted to use the idea of demons taking over the life of a human by using subtle means. Evil sneaking into the mind, like a snake, and planting thoughts and ideas into the human mind.

So why do you write?
I find it hard to answer this question, because it's been something I have done since I was a child. I write because I love it, because it's a magical experience, and because I simply can't imagine my life without it. It's a beautiful form of escapism.

As a reader what do you think good writing is?
Taking the reader into another world – to the point where you can forget you're sitting in your lounge with a book in your hands. If an author can transform my mind for one moment in time, and lift me out of my present environment, then they have a fan in me!

Who are some of your favourite writers and why?
Stephen King, because he is the master of the genre that is my favourite; Susan Hill because I love her subtle, sinister ways of telling stories, and Bill Hussey, because he is so fresh and original

What do you like most about writing?
Seeing a world and characters you create evolve and take on a life of their own. It's a wonderful feeling to see a story grow; the magic moment when you write something and the characters come to life and take the story into their own hands.

What do you like least about writing?
Knowing when to finish a story, knowing when it is complete and being able to leave it alone. I find the temptation to keep going back over things too great sometimes – and often I can end up losing myself in unnecessary changes. Of course, as a writer, you need to be able to revise and edit, but it's knowing when to stop that is the difficult part. Knowing when enough is enough. I think I'm getting better at that, as time goes on.

Where can I find out more about you?
There is my website:

People can also email me with any questions or comments at: fionadodwell1982

2 ebook copies of The Banishing are being given away to 2 lucky winners. The winners will be chosen from all comments at all tour stops so the more times you enter the more chances you have to win. To enter just leave a comment at any or all of the tour stops and be sure to include your email address. A winner will be chosen at the end of the tour. To see a list of stops visit


  1. Thanks for having me as a guest on your website :)
    Fiona Dodwell.

  2. Sounds very intriguing :)

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  3. This cover is haunting and the description gave me the chills! It's been a long time since I've read a good, spooky story. I'm adding this to my list!

  4. sounds like a wonderful read vbarton24 at gmail dot com