EXTRAS – The Blackhouse
The Isle of Lewis & Harris is a place like no other, inspirational and magical and completely unique. Being able to write an entire novel set in my favourite place in the whole world wasn’t just a privilege, it was a joy.
Maggie and Robert are two very different people living in different times, but united by terrible secrets and a sense of guilt so all-consuming that it changes their fate – the entire course of their lives.
Am baile gun fhir: the village without men. One of the most shocking events that occurs in the novel was inspired by a real-life tragedy that happened on the northwest coast of the Isle of Lewis & Harris in March, 1885.
EXTRAS – Mirrorland
Mirror Twins are literally mirror reflections of each other, sometimes even having the same dreams or thoughts or emotions. Some describe it as having one brain in two bodies. Others claim a telepathy that extends to feeling pain when the other is hurt.
36 Westeryk Road. The crumbling house in Mirrorland is haunted by all that has happened inside its crimson red walls, because it symbolises something that must be confronted, a history that cannot be escaped.
It’s also a real place…
Whether classic or contemporary, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre or Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, a good gothic thriller is always full of passion and mystery; love and revenge; and enough surprises, twists, and turns to keep you up into the wee hours!
The tide will come, and all you can do is stay afloat. And wait for it to turn…
I chose two epigraphs for Mirrorland: one from Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo and one from Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.