Thursday, October 11, 2012
Interview with B Lloyd
Welcome to TCGWAHM
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
This year marks the (sesqui)centenary of M.R.James’s birth; I thought I would celebrate in my own way by writing a ghost story. Once I started thinking about it, images came into my mind of a rotting bouquet and dresses made of cobwebs; and from there the story of Ungentle Sleep began to take shape.
Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
I hope to entertain more than anything else. One can have too many messages thrown at them; it makes a change to read something purely for pleasure and escapism…with the occasional shiver thrown in.
I think I would aim for the musical comedy. That and sitting at the laptop and cursing a bit …
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
When I am not writing I am painting or illustrating – usually trying to balance these out; at the moment I have two to three book covers to design, and a book to finish illustrating before spring…. I would like to spend more time on set design (model-making!) but time gets eaten up in so many things. I also have a fascination with animation, and enjoy creating trailers for books.
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
There is a ghost anthology in the planning: again, to chime in with the M.R.James centenary. I have also completed a full-length mystery novel which is with a publisher at present, with a sequel in progress. I also have a collection of nonsense tales, at present with yet another publisher, and several other projects at various stages of completion.
What book are you reading now?
Just been dipping into a collection of ghost tales, re-reading some old favourites: E.F.Benson’s The Room in the Tower, Kipling’s The Return of Imray, Ann Bridge’s The Buick Saloon… in between some P.G.Wodehouse and D.L.Sayer’s Whose Body …
What is in your to read pile?
Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum – it’s been waiting for me since Christmas. Time, time, time. But I have made a start, and I think I shall enjoy it …
Ungentle Sleep, a ghost tale
Haunted House Tour Full Schedule :
Genre: paranormal/historical fiction
Publisher: Captive Press
Number of pages: approx 69
Word Count: 13,146
Cover Artist: B.Lloyd
When Aubrey Marchant's engagement to Eleanor Maydew was announced to his friends, he received mixed blessings.
‘The Maydews are a bohemian lot – not many servants, even before the War.’
‘Keen on brown bread and vegetables – don't expect too much in the way of creature comforts.’
‘Brave chap, I am sure you'll find the country air bracing.’
‘And Eleanor comes of good stock, too. Never mind the burst water pipes.’
Aubrey managed to shrug off most of these under a jocular guise. One of his closest friends however, let slip something that would come back to him later.
‘I wouldn't mind the rest of it – only I believe it may be a House of Spirits. Hope you can sleep all right at nights.’
Aubrey laughed at the time. ”
A crowded house party – with more guests on the way. Despite instructions to the contrary, the older part of the house is opened up . . .and something is inadvertently let out, to wreak mild havoc and insanity on the Maydews and their guests. That nasty incident involving Eleanor, followed by unpleasantness over Penny’s dress, and what is it Aubrey can hear, on the outer edge of his dreams?
Hysteria, missed cocktails, and something nasty in the attic.
Snrrip, snrrip. Snip, snap.
Even the rats run away.
A ghost tale, almost not quite long enough to qualify as a novelette, created in celebration of M.R.James’s 150th anniversary.
About the Author:
A Bustle attached to a keyboard, occasionally to be seen floating on a canal …
After studying Early Music followed by a brief career in concert performance, the Bustle exchanged vocal parts for less vocal arts i.e. a Diploma from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia.
Her inky mess, both graphic and verbal, can be found in various regions of the Web, and appendaged to good people’s works (for no visible reason that she can understand).
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