Q & A about Dollhouse
(Book One of the Dollhouse trilogy)
Is this book scary?
If you’re used to the horror genre, the horror element is mild.
If you’re not used to the horror genre, this book can be scary in the extreme!
While there’s no hack-and-slash type of gore, what happens in the book is very frightening.
If you hate being scared, you should definitely not read this book!
In which part of Australia is the book set?
The book is set in The Barrington Tops, New South Wales.
Barrington Tops is a 25-kilometre stretch of forests in inland Australia. It contains an incredible variety of flora and fauna, including the Tasmanian Devil and brumbies.
Here are some Barrington Tops photos.
Is Devils Hole a real place?
Yes! It’s right here in the middle of this great area of wilderness: Map
Were Captain Thunderbolt Bolt and his wife Mary Ann real people?
Yes! They were real bushrangers in the 1800s.
Is Dollhouse a Paranormal Romance?
Not exactly, but romantic storylines develop over the trilogy books.
If you are looking for a steamy paranormal romance, I’d suggest you head here.
What is Dollhouse about?
Dollhouse is a modern gothic story – with elements of the paranormal, horror, romance and mystery.
The Dollhouse trilogy asks:
Do we draw in things and people to our own exterior worlds that mirror our interior thought processes?
Do our actions ultimately affect everything in the universe?
Do those who most want escape end up imprisoning themselves?
Is the rose on the cover significant?
Yes. The rose forms an important motif of the book.
The Indigenous Australian concept of circular time is mentioned in the book. What is this?
Indigenous Australians believe in circular time rather than linear time – that you can move forwards and backwards in time.
This thought is reflected in science.
Quantum theory presents the thought of backwards-forwards time and the splitting off of billions of universes.
Did the title Dollhouse used to be two words?
Yes it did. After writing Dollhouse, a friend told me about a TV series named Dollhouse. Apparently, it was an old series though, so I didn’t worry too much.
But I did worry about the two getting confused anyway. And so I separated the two words into Doll House for the title. It seemed correct grammatically, as the book isn’t about a Dollhouse specifically. Also, you do often see the two words split. But it did bug me after a while that the correct dictionary version is dollhouse (one word).
And so I changed it back!