D.C. Cummings is one of the pen names used by the author, Jane Murray, who lives in a haunted cottage which became the inspiration for her first novel, The Cottage. A multi genre writer, Jane’s work covers supernatural erotica, fantasy, horror and contemporary fiction.
As an only child, born and bred in Lancashire, Jane spent her childhood doing the ‘three r’s’ – reading, riding and writing before obtaining a handful of qualifications and a couple of degrees. From an early career in law, Jane then went on to travel extensively in her work for a marine interior outfitting firm until finally returning to the U.K, after several years in America, to ‘fail quite comprehensively as a businesswoman.’
Realising her limitations in the world of commerce and industry, Jane moved to a quiet, semi-rural village in northern Lancashire, where she reads and writes, having now given up the riding. Her three grown up sons are dotted around the UK, and Jane lives alone with her dog, Max, who accompanies her when the urge takes her to explore the hills and dales of the surrounding countryside with a backpack and a determination not to get lost!
KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
JM: Two people, really – An English teacher at infant school. I can still remember her name – Mrs Hulley. I could already read and write before I went to school, thanks to my Great Grandma, so it was these two ladies who encouraged me with my scribblings. Both sadly long dead now, I have them to thank for so much.
KG: What gave you the idea of your latest book?
JM: The Cottage was inspired by my recent house move. I actually live in the cottage I have based the story on, and yes, I have reason to believe it’s haunted. I’ve not seen any ghosts though.
KG: Who is your favourite writer and why?
JM: Ooh, tough one! I have to say John Steinbeck, simply because of ‘Of Mice and Men’ – the first book I ever read which made me cry.
KG: What's your favourite book?
JM: Wuthering Heights. I quite see myself as Cathy, albeit alive.
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
JM: Yes, I read a lot! I don’t watch television, so reading is what I do. Right now, I’m reading Henry Kissinger’s World Order.
KG: What writing projects are you working on?
JM: I have several at the moment, a couple of erotic novels, and one a type of social commentary / fiction about the darker side of social media. Hopefully, KGHH will want to publish this, too! (hint, hint lol)
KG: What do you like most about writing?
JM: I love seeing my characters come to life, what happens to them in the end! When I start writing I don’t have an idea about where the character will end up – it’s interesting watching their personalities evolve along with the story
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years’ time?
JM: Hopefully still writing for KGHH – but I would love to be successful enough to do it full time. I would hope by then my writing has evolved into other genres – I’d love to write horror, for instance.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
JM: Never give up. Let the blank page be your inspiration.
KG: What would you say to educate and inspire young writers?
JM: Read. Read lots and then learn from it and take what you’ve learnt to heart. Apply that to whatever you want to write, but just write!
Thank you, Jane, some wonderful, thought provoking answers that I am sure will encourage people to write and to want to read your work. Be it fiction, erotica, and even horror.
2.I'm a lifelong member of the Herman Hermits’ Fan Club
3.I got asked to ‘leave’ the Girl Guides
4.I still can't ride a bicycle!
5.I was a Diddy-Man in a Pantomime starring Ken Dodd
6.I once told Sean Connery that I wasn't very fond of James Bond
7.When my eldest son, Neil, was a tiny baby, I left him in his pram in the local butchers. (We were eventually re-united!)
THE COTTAGE - A pretty, stone-built cottage, sitting on the banks of a river, amidst a quaint English village.
Veronica; Madison and Felicity - three beautiful women. All try to live there. None of them stay.
Henry, lonely and alone, trying desperately to find his one true love; Isabella, hurt and betrayed by her husband, and longing for the love of her life; Thomas, angry and bewildered, nursing his sorrow until able to reap his revenge.
What is the connection and the secret of Enchantment Cottage and why does no-one ever stay?
THE COTTAGE tells a story of love, abandonment, sex and betrayal in this world, and possibly, the next.
A beautiful, abandoned manor house; set high above sweeping rugged cliffs which tumble down into the Sound of Arisaig, in the glorious Scottish Highlands.
Lisa and Tom Gunning, owners of a well-established, much feted chain of luxury adult resorts are hungry for their next venture, their next success. With money, time and contacts, they can bring this desolate property back to life and make it work for them.
Or can they?
Like all beautiful, abandoned houses, Glencruig holds many secrets; secrets untold throughout the passage of time and which, once revealed, will ultimately bind Lisa and Tom’s ambitions with hidden passion, torment, revelation and loss.
What will happen when Glencruig starts to reveal its secrets and will Lisa and Tom survive the torrent of troubles, spanning the centuries? Will Glencruig’s revelations bring peace, at last, to a turbulent past?