Writing is such a personal endeavor as we put so much of ourselves into our stories, consciously or not. There are many specific personal experiences and inspirations that I’ve directly incorporated into What the Clocks Know, but it’s also influenced by who I am in general (for better or worse…). Whether that directly and indirectly impacts a story, the words I write come from the same demented brain that dictates all my other fancies and follies.
Care to hear a few? Ready or not, here they come!Five random facts about me:
1. Anyone who reads What the Clocks Know and my previous book, Seven for a Secret, will likely notice that I have a thing with bathrooms. I did not choose this sad reality; it chose me. Yeah, I can’t really explain it, but weird things happen to me in bathrooms (aside from the very obvious things that should happen in them), and I can’t help but work that into stories. Sorry. These are just one-off instances, luckily, but I do have an ongoing phobia of getting trapped in bathrooms now (particularly water closets). I assess my potential escape routes whenever first stepping into one. This fear may have originated from, oh say, the time I got trapped in a bathroom…(see Seven for a Secret, Chapter I).2. I have an aversion to bright lights, breathing other people’s breath, and doing dishes in the sink with a stoppered drain.
3. While not advanced and hardly ever getting the chance anymore, I love playing the piano.
4. I suspect I have an old soul, though can’t determine its age. But considering my bunions and the flannel granny cap I wear in bed on winter nights (very much to my husband’s chagrin), I think 80+ is a fair guess.5. Although I love animals (pandas are my lifelong favorite), I’m not a pet person. If I had to align myself with either the Dog or Cat People in a finger-snapping gang face-off of West Side Story proportions, however, I would probably go Cat.
About What the Clocks Know:
Finding a ghost isn’t what Margot had in mind when she went ‘soul searching’, but somehow her future may depend on Charlotte’s past.
Woven between 21st-century and Victorian London, What the Clocks Know is a haunting story of love and identity. A paranormal women’s fiction, this title is available as of March 18, 2016 from Crooked Cat Publishing.
“A unique tale of the paranormal – as beautiful as it is haunting.”
~ Shani Struthers, author of Jessamine and the Psychic Surveys series