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I am very pleased to welcome Penny Hampson here today and to share with you her answers to my questions! Read on to discover more about her, her writing and her book, The Unquiet Spirit….
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
Lots of things inspired The Unquiet Spirit. My husband suggested writing a contemporary story – he’s excellent at giving constructive feedback on my stories, but he’s not a big fan of historical novels which all my previous books have been. I was browsing on the internet, as one does, and came across a house for sale – sadly, not one I could afford – and this became my inspiration for The Beeches. I wondered what it would be like to live in an old house like that, one with an interesting history, a few secrets… and perhaps a ghost or two. Even though I’d set out to write a contemporary story I was equally determined to work some history in.
I also wanted to introduce elements of life that are sometimes overlooked or ignored. Issues that I feel strongly about that don’t easily fit in a historical novel. That’s why one of my secondary characters suffers from a chronic illness; I wanted to show how that can impact the whole family, something I have personal experience of as a carer.
What is your writing process?
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I use a computer for writing although a lot of my notes are handwritten. I find it handy to have a notebook in my bag in case ideas occur when I’m out and about. There is also one on my bedside table; I’m a notoriously bad sleeper and often wake up in the early hours with my brain fizzing with ideas. Unfortunately, because I’ve relied on a computer for many years at work and rarely used a pen, my handwriting is now pretty much illegible. I can spend quite a long time trying to decipher my notes!
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I don’t really have a favourite character. As an author, I think you have got to have empathy for all the characters you create, even the really naughty ones, in order to make them believable. I suppose if I had to choose, I would quite like to be Kate. She is independent, works in a field she loves, and best of all, she has inherited a wonderful house and has no money troubles. Absolute bliss! She’s not without her faults though. She’s nervous about some things, for instance dogs and enclosed spaces (don’t tell anyone, but those are traits I share with her). I admire her because she doesn’t panic in moments of extreme stress. I’m not sure I could remain as cool-headed in similar circumstances.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
The names for the two main characters in The Unquiet Spirit came to me very quickly. I wanted strong memorable names that wouldn’t date. I’ve always liked the name Kate, ever since I read What Katy Did as a child. She was a strong character who didn’t always make the right choices, so I thought her name would suit my Kate! Tom I think is a good match with Kate, being strong and dependable.
Thank you, Elaine, for choosing to feature me and my book, The Unquiet Spirit, on your blog.
I’ve enjoyed answering your questions.
Thank you so much for answering them, Penny, I enjoyed reading your answers!
Read on to find out more about The Unquiet Spirit and its author, Penny Hampson…..
A new beginning. A house with a past. A man with secrets.
It was a dream come true…that turned into a nightmare.
Kate Wilson thinks moving back to Cornwall might be the answer to her prayers. But it isn’t long before she begins to have doubts. Is the house she inherited from her godmother haunted? Or is she going out of her mind? With a stalker, threats, and attempted break-ins, Kate’s troubles multiply.
Then there’s her enigmatic neighbour, the brooding Tom Carbis; a man with secrets he doesn’t wish to share. Can she trust him when he says he wants to help?
In her quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding her, will Kate uncover more than she bargains for?
Set in beautiful Cornwall, The Unquiet Spirit is a gripping suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Fans of Barbara Erskine will enjoy this tale.
Purchase Links – getbook.at/theunquietspirit
Author Bio – Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.
Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a historical mystery/romance. Other books in the same genre soon followed.
But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).
For more on Penny’s writing, visit her blog: https://pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/