This week my new book will be out, and it’s very different from anything I’ve done before because this is a ghost story
It’s set in York, and it tells the tale of a young man called Levi, who after suffering a loss and breaking up with his long term boyfriend, decides he needs a change. The news that he’s inherited a house in York, therefore, comes at the best time. He packs up, hoping for a fresh start, but what he finds in York is a mystery.
The house is charming and set in a beautiful historic part of York. It’s a prize for anyone. But no one amongst the previous owners has ever stayed long, and after spending a week there, Levi can understand why. Strange things happen. Strange and frightening things that unnerve him enough to maybe believe in the existence of ghosts. This, in turn, leads him to meet the fascinating Blue.
Blue is quirky, clever and beautiful, but he’s also hiding a huge secret. As the two men draw closer and the terrible truth about the house begins to become apparent, Levi finds himself wondering whether it was safe to trust in The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings.
This story has been in my head for so many years. Each time I would finish a book, my mind would ask, Is it time yet? But it never was. I lacked the initial confidence to write a very different type of story, and after that, I was always in the middle of a series.
Then I finished Gideon in February and came to the end of the Finding Home series, and it finally felt like the right time. Initially, I just thought I’d write it for fun. It would be something just for me. I decided that I’d write the first few chapters and see what I thought. If I didn’t like it, then there would be no harm done, and I’d simply bin it. However, the more I wrote, the more I fell in love with Blue and Levi and the world they lived in. I found myself thinking about them all the time and typing feverishly to get everything in my head down on paper.
Then I finished, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do. So, I gave it to my husband, telling him I thought it was probably rubbish but would he read it. He loves ghost stories, and he’s the bluntest person I’ve ever met, so I knew he’d tell me if it was crap. To my astonishment, he couldn’t put it down and was very excited about the story. He told me to get myself into gear and let other people read it. So I did, and now we’re nearly at the time of publishing.
I’m nervous, but I hope you love these characters as much as I do. Blue is snarky and vulnerable, and despite everything that life has thrown at him, he’s still incredibly loyal. Levi is a born nurturer with a wry look on life. The two men’s personalities and vulnerabilities mesh perfectly together, and I love the partnership they form.
Usually, when I write a book, my interest in the couple stops there. I give them a big HEA, and that’s it apart from the odd short story. Blue and Levi are very different. They’re still in my head, and for the first time in my writing career, I find myself intending to write another book about a pair of existing characters. There are still so many different stories I can give them, so many exciting spooky tales.
That’s not to say that this shift in story indicates a huge change. My first love is still romantic comedy, and I’m writing Charlie’s book at the moment. However, it does me good to try different things. It challenges me, keeps me fresh, and builds my confidence.
I have lots of different worlds still to explore in my head, and I’ve got a lovely idea for an urban fantasy too. However, I know that whatever I write will always have humour.