Series: The Ghost House Saga #1
Published by Harlequin on August 26th, 2014
Genres: Horror, Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.
After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…
Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.
To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.
Ghosts are a common theme in your novel. What attracted you to write a novel about them?
Whether we’re prepared to admit it or not, we all think about what will become of us when we die. Is there a golden gate waiting for us or fire and brimstone? Will we just become balls of energy floating around the universe? Will we come back as something or somebody else? What if nothing awaits us? What if we cease to exist and that’s all she wrote?
Personally, I believe that there is life after death. I also believe some souls struggle to pass on (I’m not exactly sure where to) and get stuck in this world. So I was very drawn to the idea of writing a ghost story because I wanted to show that a soul does not cease to exist simply because it does not have a body to inhabit.
What kind of research did you have to do?
The majority of my research went into setting. I traveled to England from Los Angeles so I could observe the differences first hand and make Chloe’s experience authentic. I visited a lot of old manor homes to get a feel for Grange Hall. In fact, I found a perfect setting; a place called Bearwood College in Wokingham, Berkshire. I also did some research into 19th century life, in order to bring the the relationship between Isobel and Alex to life.
If you could be any of your characters who would you be and why?
I would probably be Isobel in her human form…not the insane vengeful version of her! I’ve always felt like I was born in the wrong era and the passionate love affair she has with Alex…I’m a bit jealous of that! Isobel made bad choices, which ended in tragedy, but it didn’t have to happen that way. Also, I have a bit a temper myself, so I can’t really blame her for that!
What is one genre you would never be able to write?
I could probably never write a crime novel; it would be too intricate! Too many little clues and suspects! I think I would get myself very confused.
If you could have any literary best friend, who would it be and why?
Probably Oscar Wilde, he’d be a crack up! I feel like he’d be sharp and witty and not opposed to having a few drinks with me! The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Grey are two of my favourite works.
What can we expect from you in the future? Any upcoming projects?
Right now, I’m busy working on Ghost Hour, the second book in The Ghost House Saga. I’m also trying my hand at a gritty, contemporary piece that is not YA and deviates drastically from my past work. In addition, I am in Los Angeles pursing acting and working on several film and TV projects.
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