Young Rose Baines discovers the savage murders of her family by her mad, incestuous father. She is plunged into a nightmare of hell and is incarcerated in two madhouses after which she is helped to obtain a position as governess at Blackstone House.
The house is located on haunted moorland. Nothing is as it seems for Blackstone House and its inhabitants have hideous secrets. There is unimaginable horror there but there is love too–love that comes at a terrible price. The story is as haunting as it is terrifying and will remain with the reader long after its disturbing tale has been told.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up loving Gothic romance. The books, as terrific as they were however, always implied more darkness than there was. Those were the ones in the 1970’s, the ones with the covers to die for: heroine scared out of her head, a menacing castle with a handsome, brooding man in the back ground…all the elements that made me want to devour them!
But when I got to the end, I often felt cheated. I didn’t feel the stories were dark enough. I wanted much more. No stranger to the moors near Haworth that inspired the Brontes inspired me! I imagined a grand looking house built on desolate, haunted moorland. The characters, human and not began to make themselves known. They told me their story.
Who are your favorite authors?
The Brontes, Daphne DuMaurier, Anne Rice and Susan Hill,
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I thought of a basic plot. I don’t write with a detailed outline. Once I determined what the beginning was to be, the characters just came to me.
“I began to grow excited, too. Suddenly we stopped as Simon pointed at a large flat rock. “There, that’s it!”
It looked like a ledge that had been deliberately laid down. I went to touch it but Ada warned me. “Touch it only if you dare!”
“I dare!” I cried. The surface was far smoother than I would have imagined.
“See how black it is, Miss?”
“Quite black,” I agreed.
Simon nodded. “It’s as black as the eternal night! And do you know why it’s black, Miss Baines? It’s black with blood!”
“Yes, truly! It has blackened with blood and gore and innards and guts and things that soaked into the stone!”
“What a thing to say! Where did you hear such things?”
“I just know! Ada and I both know!”
I turned back to writing some years ago when I was selected by North West Playwrights of England for further development. It was a wonderful experience.
I prefer writing novels and short fiction however. I write all sorts of horror and am widely published in horror anthologies.
My longer fiction is historically based. I love writing about Gothic Vampires. Actually, I love all things Gothic especially horror fiction that’s why I write it.
I have one series out, The Blackstone Vampires, darkest horror and romance combined. At the moment, I’m just finishing up the first book in a brand new series.
Over the Christmas Holidays, I accepted a challenge to write one short story a week and am not only keeping up with it, but having fun!
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