Jessie: In an unseasonably warm New Hampshire, not missing white at Christmas at all.
Every writer has a project they’ve toyed with for a long time. Or a character that keeps whispering in their ear, nagging to be written about.
A few years ago my family started spending the summers in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. One of those ideas and one of those voices started to develop as I walked the beach or bought fries at the pier. I’ve always loved history and in Old Orchard it’s everywhere. Which brings me to an annoucement.
Come September, 2016 Berkley will be releasing my first book in my new Change of Fortune series, Whispers Beyond the Veil. Here’s the official back cover material:
First in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain…
Canada, 1898. The only life Ruby Proulx has ever known is that of a nomad, traveling across the country with her snake-oil salesman father. She dreams of taking root somewhere, someday, but, until she can, she makes her way by reading tarot cards. Yet she never imagined her own life would take such a turn…
After one of her father’s medical “miracles” goes deadly wrong, Ruby evades authorities by hiding in the seaside resort town of Old Orchard, Maine, where her estranged Aunt Honoria owns the Hotel Belden, a unique residence that caters to Spiritualists—a place where Ruby should be safe as long as she can keep her dark secret hidden.
But Ruby’s plan begins to crumble after a psychic investigator checks into the hotel and senses Ruby is hiding more than she’s letting on. Now Ruby must do what she can to escape both his attention and Aunt Honoria’s insistence that she has a true gift, before she loses her precious new home and family forever…
I’ve really loved researching and writing this book and I hope some of you will enjoy hearing Ruby’s voice as much as I have.
Readers, do you like historical mysteries? Writers, do you carry around ideas and hear characters long before a story comes together?