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.'
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Interview with Author Fiona Glass
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.
Bio: Fiona writes gritty yet darkly humorous fiction, often involving gay characters and almost always with a twist in the tail. Her work has been published in anthologies from the likes of Byker Books, Pill Hill Press, and QueeredFiction; as well as in magazines and online at sites such as The Pygmy Giant, Shotgun Honey, and Velvet Mafia.
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.