April 6, 2018
News From Scarborough’s Faire
This is the cover of my book, Deception, the first in a series I am writing about a family loaded with secrets. It’s pretty obvious what the theme of the novel is; double agents, spies, and love between a Nazi and an M.I.5 agent. Wow!
The ‘how’ of this book is an interesting one. I had written a book entitled, Das Medallion (The Locket). The novel takes place in 1980 and is about a woman plagued by dreams of a little girl, and that little girl speaks a language Margaret can not understand. Margaret is a tough woman determined to get to the bottom of the dreams. The book was set in 1980 because Margaret turns out to be a war orphan of WWII. If the book were set any later, the heroine would be a tottering old woman. That was in 2009.
The title of the original novel was problematic for several reasons: folks thought the book was in German, the cover was too dark,(you can see the original on Amazon under Kathryn Scarborough), and a Jackie Chan movie named The Medallion came out that year. Problematic.
There is a scene in the book when five year old Margaret witnesses gold bars hidden in her Grandmother’s carriage house in Potsdam, Germany. When my son, Andrew read the book, he said, “Mom, you have to tell us about the gold.” So, I started a prequel, Deception,. In the book, I set up Margaret’s parent’s love affair and their marriage – AND the original scene about the gold.
Book Three, The Hidden Attic, is set in the present day and is about Ian, Margaret’s son. Ian goes to Potsdam and locates the gold, and his grandmother’s original journal. What’s in the journal and stashed away in a hidden part of the attic is wanted desperately by really bad guys. They can and will kill you without batting an eye. (Shiver). Stay tuned for The Hidden Attic. Hopefully it will be out this year!
A big thanks to my very talented son Ryan Gilmore, who designed the book covers. If you’d like him to design one for you: he can be emailed at The Wayward Traveler@ High Vibrations Studios.com
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