Yesterday book blogger Naomi Blackburn interviewed me on her blog and reviewed my new novella, Ghosts of a Lighthouse in Autumn. Here is part of the review. You can read the rest on her blog plus comment to win a paperback copy of my novel, Depraved Heart:
NB) Although it isn’t a series in the traditional sense, with Ghosts of the Lighthouse in Autumn and Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter, the Halcyon Beach Chronicles focuses on eerie incidents in a small village. Will this series continue past the 4 seasons? Would you ever consider writing a “true series” with recurring characters and setting?
KV) When I wrote Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter I had no intention of it being a series but so many people told me that they loved Halcyon Beach that I decided I wanted to write more about it. I had two other ghost stories in the back of my mind so I thought why not write them set in Halcyon Beach? Ghosts of a Lighthouse in Autumn was based on a murder/suicide I read about a long time ago and, since all I needed for it was a lighthouse, it was simple to put that lighthouse in Halcyon Beach. The next one in the series is going to be called Ghosts of a Dancer by Moonlight and is based on a shipwreck I read about that happened in Maine but I'm putting it in Halcyon Beach, too. I'm not sure what will happen after that.
I'm also writing a sequel to The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic. It is called The Crazy Old Lady's Revenge and it takes up where the last one left off but this time from the POV of a woman who grew up with Mattie and often played with her in GrammyLou's house.
As to a “true series,” well, the eleven stories that make up The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall are all in the same town, Marienstadt, and all contain the same characters. I am releasing it in three volumes but when the three volumes are out in digital then I'll do a digital“boxed set” and a paperback containing all the stories. Each story can stand alone but they do build to a conclusion. The last three stories, which will come in Volume 3, I think are very poignant. If you have read The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood, you have a hint of what is going to happen with Gretchen and Oliver. In the next story, Wapiti, their story continues. In the final story, A Long Day's Journey Into Light, Henry, the gorgeous but womanizing chief of police, comes to terms with his love for a woman that he has hidden since he was a boy and finally we learn his story. The whole thing wraps up very nicely.
NB) Normally we see if an author writes full length novels, they have difficulties writing short length novels due to the special “needs” of these little gems. I have told you frequently that I am amazed at your ability to not only write dynamic short stories, with Arthur’s Story still having the ability to make me tear up when I think about it, but you pen full length novels that suck in the reader, as well. How do you think you have done that? Does it come naturally to you? Have you trained yourself? Read the rest.....