This story was truly a gift from the Universe.
I was having one of those days and when I’m feeling that way, I like to go for a drive. I was driving through neighboring backroads enjoying the lush scenery all around me, when the Eagles’ song, “Love will keep us alive” came on the radio.
Just as the lyrics began, “I was standing all alone against the world outside. You were searching for a place to hide,” I saw a beautiful, white Victorian house come into view. It was set deep within a patch of woods that was located right next to a cemetery. That’s when it hit me about a story of a girl, who falls in love with a ghost when she takes a refuge in his home to hide from her abusive home life. Everything else about the story instantly fell into place in my mind.
The rough draft took over a year to write, as I needed to research teen issues with abusive home situations, and talked to lawyers about emancipation and CPS. I also met with psychic mediums to understand more about the occult and spirits. I edited for another year or so and finally started querying the manuscript around.
Lots and lots of rejections in the beginning. But by this time, I’d already experienced years of rejections from peddling my other manuscripts, so my skin was pretty tough. I continued to send out query emails hoping to find an agent or publisher who not only wanted to offer me a publishing contract, but really liked this story too.
And finally, The Parliament House Press offered me a most coveted offer to publish this story. And, I hope you enjoy it!
Blood and Brume Synopsis
Sixteen year old Ellie Porter is done with life.
When one of her mom’s drunken boyfriends tries to rape her, Ellie runs away, determined never to return. But Sam, Ellie’s only friend, is not about to let her end up another runaway living on the streets.
He takes Ellie to an abandoned house, the perfect hideout, or so they think, until a series of frightening experiences cause Ellie to regret ever stepping into the house in the first place.
She is out of her mind with fear when two young men dressed in 19th century costume appear at the house claiming to be its owners. Ellie’s initial assumption of them being a Steampunk enthusiasts quickly proves wrong when she learns that they are ghosts.
The encounter marks the beginning of unimaginable changes in Ellie’s life. As the portal opens between the flesh and the spirit world, Ellie awakens to the profound realization that unresolved life can transcend time and space, and there will be no peace until it is rectified.