I’m really delighted to welcome the author Kirsty Ferry as a guest on my blog for today’s edition of The Reading Light is on...now it’s over to Kirsty
Thank you for inviting me to share my love of books on your blog. I love reading and also writing – my favourite spot for reading is the bath; not a brilliant place if you have a kindle, and several paperbacks have met their doom amongst the bubbles, but I found out when my son was a baby it was the only place I got peace and quiet enough to read. So I kept it up!
Five Favourite Books:
It is so hard to pick five favourites. But I will go for these ones:
1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Every time I read it, I discover something new. I’ve read and loved this book over and over since I was a teenager and was fortunate enough to study it for my Literature degree. I also did some research around it for my Masters degree and was surprised at how much of Emily’s life is reflected in it. Fascinating stuff.
2. Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
My copy of this is about 30 years old and bent and tattered – but I love, love, love it. It’s the first paranormal/romantic mystery I read and ever since I’ve wanted to write something like it. It’s so quaint and magical, yet oddly so believable.
3. Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart
Another all-time favourite. I read this after Thornyhold and adored it. At the top of each chapter are quotes from Romeo and Juliet, my favourite play, and again we have an utterly delightful, believable heroine and a slightly magical hero. Wonderful.
4. Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
This was recommended to me by my lovely book group. It was the first Susanna Kearsley book I read – swiftly followed by the rest of her books. It’s got timeslips and romance and reincarnation and mystery in it – all the things I love to read and write about.
5. Devil Water by Anya Seton
Recently re-printed, I believe, but I’ve got an ancient hardback of it I pilfered from my Mum. It’s about the Jacobites and James, Earl of Derwentwater, and his brother Charles. They lived at Dilston Castle about twenty miles from me, and until recently somewhere that was open to the public and somewhere we loved to visit. Such a powerful, tragic, true story. You can’t fail to fall in love with James and Charles and mourn what happened to them.
And five I have yet to read – even tougher! But here we go.
1. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
The latest Susanna Kearsley – it’s on my kindle and I need a paperback version. I read bits of it here and there but it’s not easy to grab the time to do it properly. I tried to read it on a recent train journey from London – but it was the day of Storm Doris and I was squished on a table with three very annoying people who shouldn’t have been in those seats, so I couldn’t concentrate. Grrr.
2. Sleeper’s Castle by Barbara Erskine
One I need to look out for – I wasn’t totally enamoured of The Darkest Hour, sadly, so it’s put me off racing out to get this one, although I’ve heard good reports of it. I felt Darkest Hour had been almost churned out for the WW1 centenary and I lost interest in it, although I’m usually a huge fan of hers. Difficult one.
3. Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
I’ve read a huge amount of Tudor books recently and I have to wait for Mum to pass this one on to me when she’s finished with it! Katherine is not my favourite of Henry’s wives, but I probably need to read this to prepare for the rest in the series!
4. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
As I’ve gone through ALL of Gregory’s Tudor books, I need to read this one which starts off the War of the Roses series, which then leads up to the Tudor times. I might read some non-Tudor books first though, so I come this era quite fresh.
5. How to Stuff up Christmas by Rosie Blake
Random, I know! I got this just after Christmas quite cheaply in a garden centre and it looks really good. However, I don’t want to read it in the summer, so will save it until later in the year and have a mince pie with it, I think.
The Rossetti Mysteries series is published by Choc Lit Publishing: Some Veil Did Fall; The Girl in the Painting; The Girl in the Photograph. Buying links here http://www.choc-lit.com/productcat/kirsty-ferry/
My blog address: www.rosethornramblings.wordpress.com
My website www.rosethornpress.co.uk
Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale Enchantment. She has also written North East based novels, short stories and articles for magazines such as Weekly News, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices and It’s Fate.
Her timeslip novel, Some Veil Did Fall, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, The Girl in the Painting in February 2016 and The Girl in the Photograph in March 2017. The experience of signing Some Veil Did Fall in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!
Kirsty’s day-job involves sharing a Georgian building with an eclectic collection of ghosts – which can sometimes prove rather interesting.
Some Veil Did Fall
What if you recalled memories from a life that wasn’t yours, from a life before …?
When Becky steps into Jonathon Nelson’s atmospheric photography studio in Whitby, she is simply a freelance journalist in search of a story. But as soon as she puts on the beautiful Victorian dress and poses for a photograph, she becomes somebody quite different …
From that moment on, Becky is overcome with visions and flashbacks from a life that isn’t her own – some disturbing and filled with fear.
As she and Jon begin to unravel the tragic mystery behind her strange experiences, the natural affinity they have for each other continues to grow and leads them to question … have they met somewhere before? Perhaps not just in this life but in another?
The Girl in the Painting
Whilst standing engrossed in her favourite Pre-Raphaelite painting – Millais’s Ophelia – Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance to the red-haired beauty in the famous artwork.he attraction is mutual, but Cori has other things on her mind. She has recently acquired the diary of Daisy, a Victorian woman with a shocking secret. As Cori reads, it soon becomes apparent that Daisy will stop at nothing to be heard, even outside of the pages of her diary …Will Simon stick around when life becomes increasingly spooky for Cori, as she moves ever closer to uncovering the truth about Daisy’s connection to the girl in her favourite painting?
The Girl in the Photograph
What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?
Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait. Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.
Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get. A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realisation. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.
As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.
Thanks Kirsty for those interesting choices. This is becoming one of my favourite features. I really enjoyed reading your book choices. I haven’t heard the names Anya Seton
or Mary Stewart for some time. I have read a lot of their books but it’s a while ago now back when I used to read a lot of historical drama. These days I seem to be immersed in crime fiction but I must make time to read the odd historical book too.
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