Today I am pleased to welcome Kirsty Ferry to The Love of a Good Book!
It’s lovely to be invited to guest blog so near to Halloween. I love all things paranormal, I love writing about all things paranormal and of course Halloween is traditionally the time when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest. This is the one night of the year where most people seem open to the idea of seeing ghosts and experiencing spooky goings on.
My debut Choc Lit novel, Some Veil Did Fall, takes place around Halloween – in Whitby, North Yorkshire, which is perhaps most famous for its associations with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and which is home of the world famous Goth Weekend. Part of Goth Weekend involves people converging on the town, many of them dressed in all sorts of wonderful costumes to celebrate the undead.
I had the title for Some Veil Did Fall before I actually decided to set it in Whitby at this time of year, but the title seemed to be really appropriate once I started writing the book properly. “Some veil did fall” is a line from Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s poem Sudden Light, a poem dealing with the idea of reincarnation and of finding your soulmate.
Becky and Jon, the main characters in the novel, have known each other since childhood – but their relationship is anything but a slow burner. By that, I mean it’s not as if they’ve harboured a longing for each other over the years. To Jon, Becky, now a freelance journalist, was always his little sister’s irritating best friend; and to Becky, Jon, now a photographer, was always Lissy’sannoying older brother.
But it is during Becky’s visit to Gothic Whitby, several years after they last spoke, that she literally bumps into Jon again. At first, they reconnect on the level they’ve always had and it’s only natural that they fall into their easy friendship again – but a series of strange occurrences makes them both wonder if there is more to their relationship than they ever thought about before. And it soon becomes apparent that the metaphorical veil does indeed fall for them both and they realise what they maybe should have known all along – the fact that they have a lot more in common with the Victorian couple who appear to be haunting them than they thought at first!
In that vein (if you’ll pardon the Halloween pun), one of the most interesting things for me, as an author, was creating the parallel storylines between now and 1865. But I shall leave it to you to see if you can work out which modern day character mirrors which historical character. I just hope that, in the intervening time of almost one hundred and fifty years, that they have all learned something…
What if you recalled memories from a life that wasn’t yours, from a life before?
When Becky steps into Jonathon Nelson’s atmospheric photography studio in Whitby, she is simply a freelance journalist in search of a story. But as soon as she puts on the beautiful Victorian dress and poses for a photograph, she becomes somebody quite different…
From that moment on, Becky is overcome with visions and flashbacks from a life that isn’t her own – some disturbing and filled with fear.
As she and Jon begin to unravel the tragic mystery behind her strange experiences, the natural affinity that they have for each other continues to grow and leads them to question – have they met somewhere before? Perhaps not just in this life but in another?
About the author:
Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 and has had articles and short stories published in Peoples Friend, The Weekly News, It’s Fate, Vintage Script, Ghost Voices and First Edition. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.
Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.
Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.
Some Veil Did Fall set in Whitby is Kirsty’s debut novel with Choc Lit.
A big thank you to Kirsty for stopping by.