My heart dwells in the dark shadows where I love to create ghost stories of haunted houses and tortured souls. None more so than my Dracula-inspired, Victorian Gothic ghost story Mr Stoker & I. A tale of Miss Lucinda Meredith, a mysterious young woman drawn to Whitby’s windswept cliffs. In the shadow of the ancient Whitby Abbey, she meets Bram Stoker. Could this chance encounter be the inspiration behind his masterpiece, Dracula?
This book will forever hold a special place in my dark heart, my love of Whitby and Dracula. So, I am thrilled to announce it is now in the creative process of being translated into Italian… and with a brand new cover!
Dark Abyss Edizioni, an Italian publishing house, are the first in Italy to specialise in pagan, spiritual, witchcraft, and paranormal fiction. Dark Abyss is a young publishing company with a wonderful team that welcomed me with open wings.
It’s fate… with my Italian ancestry, they are the perfect Italian home for my books… and their logo is a crow, which is definitely a sign.
Of course, you don’t need to wait; MR STOKER & I is available worldwide in English from Amazon in eBook, paperback and audiobook.
Oh, and please don’t forget to leave a book review on Goodreads, BookBub or wherever you purchase; they really are worth their weight in gold.
Remote setting ~ Haunted house ~ Restless spirits ~ Family curse ~ Ancient evil
Reclusive British writer, Oliver Hardacre, confronts the horrors of his haunted childhood as he reluctantly revisits his ancestral home, Hardacre Priory. But there’s more than just memories and ghosts, an ancient evil awaits.
PRIORY, book 1 in The Ghosts of Hardacre is available in eBook, Paperback and Hardcover from Amazon. Book 2 coming in 2023
My name is Miss Lucinda Meredith. Please, come sit with me a while, let me tell you my story.
It was the Summer of 1890. Theatre manager and writer, Mr Bram Stoker, arrived here in Whitby after an arduous theatre tour of Scotland. It was to be a welcome respite before his return to London. What he discovered was far more intriguing.
We met at dawn on the East Cliff, in the shadow of Whitby Abbey, on a bench overlooking the sea. So at ease in his company, I felt compelled to share the events that had haunted my existence.
And after all these years, I wonder, could our chance encounter have inspired what would become, Bram Stoker’s legacy?
“Death finds us all, it is our finality. I had ached for death for so long, to rid me of the misery, torment – plague. Yet, when it came, my end only signified a beginning. The creation of something new.”
It’s always fun to do something a little different. An author interview is always nice to do, but when your book characters grab a little limelight, that is where the fun begins… So when USA Today Bestselling Romance Author, Jenny Foster met Vladimir from Mr Stoker & I, here’s what happened.
Q: I hope you had some time to recover from your last adventure in “Mr Stoker & I”. Tell me, what is your favorite relaxing pastime?
I do not have much spare time, I find my mind too occupied with my work.
Since I came to your country as a young man, my eagerness to work, or achieve
my goals, to accomplish, has been far too great to worry my mind with small
details as relaxation. My work has become far too important, too time-consuming
to allow anything else to interfere.
Q: Where did you grow up? Do you have fond memories of your childhood?
My home is a small village just outside of Brașov, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, where the river snakes, and stories are told. My childhood was filled with tales of those whispering Mountains. There is a fondness attached to those thoughts, to my Grandmother. She was very wise, her knowledge was great, and I learnt well from her. There is more a need attached to those memories, a need for answers. It was that need that brought me to your shores.
Q: Whom or what do you really hate?
Hate? That is a strong word, a strong emotion. Surely to hate you must
love; I have found they are much the same. There is no room for either in my
life, not anymore. Love brings about weakness, rash behaviour. I have seen what
becomes of those who love too much, hate too much, it brings devastation to
their door, what they crave so greatly to protect, crumbles.
Q: What is your biggest fear?
Again, I have witness fear, it can easily be mistaken for hatred, or
become one with it. That is truly a mixture most lethal. Great fear takes man’s
logic only to replace it with nothing but foolish expectations, of
possibilities of what they can never obtain. Fear brings rashness, doubt. It
leads to mistakes. I have no room for it.
Q: What makes you smile?
There was one that brought warmth, a
spark of that kindred spirit; one that made me smile. Someone with an
honest heart. A solitary soul with a longing to do what was right. There was no
fear in her actions or hatred in her heart, only a need to protect those she
loved. I wanted to… what did I want, I wonder? Did I want her, or the mere hope
that shone from her? I will never know, I no longer like to reflect.
Q: I´d love to hear about your future plans. Is there anything you can reveal?
Do I have a future? What future could I possibly hope for? I wander back to my home of the whispering Carpathian Mountains and the winding river that surrounds the town. Of those memories of my childhood and the stories of the ancestors told by my grandmother. I may stay there, and wait.
Intrigued? Left wanting more? Why not buy the book and read more of Miss Lucinda Meredith and Vladimir…