Monday, October 22, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Fiona Glass

Hi There! Thanks for joining us on the virtual book tour for my newest release, Gleams of a Remoter World. All week long, I’ll be visiting some of our reader’s favourite blogs to talk about the book and how it came to be. Today I have a fun (and hopefully interesting) little interview to help explain why I write, why I write about ghosts, and why I wrote 'Gleams of a Remoter World.'

Now for the good part—as a part of Riptide Publishing’s first anniversary celebration, one lucky reader who comments on this post will win $10 in store credit to Riptide! Simply leave a comment below, with your email address included, by Sunday Oct 28th at 11:59pm to enter. What are you waiting for? Check out all the tour stops here to earn more entries!

Enjoy! And in the meantime, if you'd like to find out more about me or my writing, please just drop into my website or my blog.

–Fiona Glass

Interview with Author Fiona Glass

Why write?

I've wanted to be a writer since I was five years old, but for a long time other things got in the way - school, university, working to support myself.  It was only a few years ago that I got my opportunity, when an accident at work left me with a permanent wrist injury that makes full-time work very difficult.  I grabbed that opportunity and started to write instead, and the rest, as they say, is history.  I have to be careful not to overdo the physical side of writing, since typing for long periods still causes a lot of pain, but the nice thing about working for myself is that I get to choose my own hours.  If it takes one month or ten years to finish a book, it really doesn't matter.  Most of all, I love what I do and in a funny sort of way, I'm even quite grateful I got hurt at work.  If it hadn't happened, I might still have been stuck in the typing pool.

Why write about Ireland?

I'm not sure I chose to write about Ireland, really - it was more the other way round.  About ten years ago now we had a holiday in the remote north-western corner of the Republic of Ireland and the history, landscape and sheer atmosphere of the area grabbed me by the throat.  Within the first three days I'd realised it was a wonderful setting for a book.  Before the week was out, I'd dashed out to buy paper and a pencil, and started scribbling at the kitchen table, with a view of the mountains across the bay as an ever-present reminder of the stunning scenery.  And the presence of so many ruined buildings gave me the idea to set a ghost story there.  I could hardly have found a more perfect setting anywhere else.

Why write about ghosts?

I've always been fascinated by things that go bump in the night.  As a kid one of my favourite books was a lurid Reader's Digest tome about mysteries and the unexplained, complete with spontaneous combustions and ghastly faces that appeared by magic on somebody's floor.  I'm not keen on outright horror, but I love the frisson you get from reading about the supernatural, and I love trying to create that frisson for other readers when I write.  And, of course, you can be so much more inventive when you're writing about something that may or may not be there.  Who's to say what a ghost can do, or what shocking events might happen next?  That's half the fun!

Have you ever seen a ghost?

Not actually seen one, no, but I've had some very strange experiences that are hard to explain any other way.  The first apartment I ever bought, for instance, had an odd 'presence' that appeared and disappeared at random, and I once felt something kick me in the back even though there was nobody else in the property at the time.  I also had a weird sensation at an old monastery in Norway, when I felt exactly as though I'd been there before, walked those corridors before, worshipped in the church before.  It was only when we were back on the coach that the tour guide revealed the place was reputed to be haunted. 

I'm still not sure if I actually believe in ghosts, but equally, thanks to those experiences and others like them, I can't rule the possibility out.

So, what's next?

Good question.  I always have several projects on the go.  At the moment those include a complete romp of a novella involving yet more ghosts and an artist's missing work; a short story involving a job interview and a pair of twins; and a more serious novel set in my beloved Lake District.  It's just a question of which one I manage to finish first (not to mention which one I can twist the arm of a publisher to accept).


Paranormal journalists Chris Mullins and Jo Perry are sent to Ireland's remote west coast to investigate tales of hauntings at a ruined church. Chris, who has an inbuilt sensor for ghosts, is drawn to the old priest’s house next door, where he faces an otherworldly encounter so strong it leaves him reeling. Their research leads to a tangled web of forbidden love, family rows, and even, possibly, murder.

Chris jumps at the chance not only to solve the mystery, but also to aim for the coveted Moondust Award, a prize for the first journalist who proves that ghosts exist. Jo, though, is less enthusiastic, both about the award and her on-off relationship with Chris. Things become even more confused when Chris finds himself falling for Paulie, one half of a gay couple on holiday in the same village.

Only the wild, haunted landscape of Ireland can give Chris the answers he so craves, but to find them, he may have to choose between the Moondust Award and the matters of his heart.

Fiona currently splits her life between a pointy Victorian house in Birmingham (the original one in the UK) and a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance of England’s largest lake. She shuttles between the two so often it makes her head spin, which might explain the rather breathless style of her writing, but she hopes to be settled in Cumbria by the end of the year.


  1. Just to add that I'm currently attending a family funeral, followed by a 350 mile journey back home, so I'm really sorry if I don't manage to get back on here later today to reply to everyone's comments. I promise I'll be in touch tomorrow at the very latest!

  2. Hi Fiona. I'm sorry for your loss. Don't stress about getting back on today I'm sure everyone understands unexpected losses and detours in our lives. Your stories sound interesting and I'm looking forward to getting and reading some of your books.


  3. Sorry for your loss. Hope today goes as well as possible.
    The new book looks interesting - I'll have a look at it on Riptide's website later on.


  4. Fiona, I've not been to your blog before. I've just found it via the Riptide anniversary link.
    I'd just like to say that you should take time out and not feel at all stressed about it at a time like this. You have my sympathy and empathy.

    Please add me to the draw,


  5. My deepest sympathies for you and your family.

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss! I'm recently bereaved myself, and I know how much more complicated it makes daily life (especially around the time of the funeral), so please don't worry about us. At any rate, the book sounds wonderful...anything with an Irish setting really appeals to me, and I've always longed to see more m/m stories take place there. Best of luck with it!


  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, Fiona.

    I have added this book to my wish list; it sounds like a great read.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  8. Dear Fiona, my sympathies. Take care of yourself, but thanks for letting your fans know.

    I am a huge fan of paranormals, and I cannot wait to read this one!


    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  9. It would be nice in some ways to beleive that our loved ones could stick around a little while to help us get past the first rough months...
    Please count me in. Thank you, chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Nice interview. Sounds like a good book.


  11. Checking in "tomorrow" as promised *g* and awww, I'm overcome by all the lovely comments. Thanks so much, one and all.

    The funeral was for my husband's 94-year-old grandmother. She was born and brought up in the famous East End of London and the funeral was a traditional one for the area, with a carriage and four stunning black horses (with huge black feathers on their heads) in place of a modern hearse. We stopped the traffic on the local high street! These events are always sad but at least this one was something for everyone to remember in a good way as well as a sad one.

    Thanks too for the lovely comments about my novel - I had a wonderful time writing it (and an even better time staying in Ireland to research it LOL) and I really hope everyone who reads it gets as much enjoyment from it.



  12. Thank you for very interesting interview. Wish you all the best with a new publisher.


  13. Thanks for the interview! I would love to go to Ireland, but doubt I will anytime soon! I guess I need to read a book set there instead! Lol!
    OceanAkers @

  14. Thanks so much, Joan.

    Juliana - I hope the book provides a good alternative to actually visiting, and that you realise your dream one of these days! It's been ten years (gulp) since my last visit to Ireland, so I'd love to go back, too.

  15. Enjoyed the interview. heh, I really am looking forward to reading this book. I haven't seen a ghost either, but sometimes.... things simply cannot be explained. I swear I leave things in one spot... and then the next they're like, in the opposite side of the room. Or just, noises and feelings and sensations that are just too hard to explain. not to mention is freaky when my dog barks at a corner for half an hour...

    lol... Having fun on the blog tour. :D


  16. Hi Judi, lovely to hear from you. I quite agree about ghosts - that first appartment of mine had a very strange atmosphere - and it was newly-built! Turned out it had been built on the site of a very old house and there were rumours someone had died there in rather unpleasant circumstances...

    Glad you're having fun on the tour - don't forget to check out my other stops!


  17. I’m sorry for your loss, Fiona.
    Thanks for the interview! Ghosts and Ireland – sounds like a good combination. :)

    goingtoreadnow (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. I reckon I'm stalking Fiona via the Anniversary blog tour :)
    I'd love another go at it, please, because her books sounds really interesting.

  19. Thanks, both Julie and Sue - and surely 'following' rather than stalking. ;)

    Yes, Ireland is the perfect setting for a ghost story - all that atmosphere, all those ruined buildings. Oooh, I'm even making myself shiver now!

  20. I went to Ireland last month... It is an awesome place... Great interview.
    contact at mchoule dot com

  21. What a great post! I'd love to visit Ireland some day. And it was fantastic hearing how you got started writing and how you picked Ireland as the back drop! Congrats on your new release :D

  22. I'm totally convinced about the paranormal, because I've had a few things happen to me during my life.
    This book sounds really interesting; especially the Irish link.




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