There were a number of things that influenced and inspired me to write my debut novel, A Shadow in the Past. Here are some of them.
Start with one spooky, derelict mansion…
Add one ancient stone circle…
Sprinkle in a narrow country lane…
Lined with ghostly trees…
Add a generous dollop of old graveyard…
One full-sized headstone…
Spice it up with a village hall…
One lunatic asylum…
One small country church…
And lastly a smidgeon of Aberdeen…
Let all the ingredients simmer then write, write some more, re-write, re-write some more.
When finished it looks like this…
Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages, powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.
Where to buy:
4RV Publishing: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/robertson-king.php
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-shadow-in-the-past-melanie-robertson-king/1112348992?ean=9780983801887
A Shadow in the Past is also available at amazon for the Kindle (using the same links), Barnes & Noble for the nook, Kobobooks, and the iBookstore.
10 thoughts on “A Shadow in the Past – the real locations and inspiration behind the novel”
Beautiful pictures. The one of your grandparents is lovely. Such inspiration for your story. I enjoyed the book so much. When is the next one coming out? Don’t keep us waiting. 🙂
I highly recommend A Shadow in the Past for all readers.
Thanks for giving us the background on it.
Thanks for stopping by and your glowing recommendation of A Shadow in the Past. 🙂 I’m really happy you enjoyed it.
The second book coming along well. Thanks for asking. I have a couple more scenes to write and then it will be done. *crosses fingers behind back*
Your book sounds great! I’m going to buy it today on Amazon. I love the pictures and the way you set up the recipe. Clever! I can’t wait to read it!
very clever recipe.. and I enjoyed the story.. Patiently waiting for book II.
Thanks Shawn. I hope you like the book. 🙂
I’m glad to hear you’re waiting patiently, Dorothy. I’m hoping this last scene(s), will tie up the loose ends and make sense with the storyline.
Just remember, good things come to those who wait… 😉
Lovely images, and such enchanting places. I look forward to working on the cover for book two 😀
Thanks Aidana. I’m looking forward to working with you on the cover for book two as well. 🙂
I can sure see how you were inspired by those. Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing them. Loved the book, of course.
Thanks for dropping by, Janet, and glad you liked the pictures. And of course, thrilled you loved the book. 🙂