I would like to thank SA Meade for stopping by talking about the writing of Darkness at Endersley. Watch for Josie Goodread’s review soon. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Title: The Darkness at Endersley
Author: SA Meade
Publisher: Totally Bound
Hell Endersley and back.
I don’t mind saying this. ‘Darkness at Endersley’ was a pain in the arse to write. And here’s why:
I made a rod for my own back with the series in that each story (apart from the final one) is about an Endersley family member from a given generation, in chronological order.
Darkness at Endersley is set during a time when not a lot happened, from my point of view. When I’m writing an historical novel I like to hang the plot on a significant (or maybe not so significant) historical event. The most notable thing that happened the year that this novel kicks off, was that Jack the Ripper made his appearance. Since I have no interest in adding to the ever growing pile of Ripper-based stories, I only give the first victim a passing mention at the beginning of the book.
Having no historical event to hang the plot on meant that I had to gulps come up with a plot of my own. I decided, after some thought, to pay homage to the gothic romances I devoured in my younger years, and that’s how the story came to be.
I surrendered to the infamous mid-book slump. Normally, when I reach the dreaded saggy middle, I’ll plough through. All right, so perhaps I’ll take a little Candy Crush break, or go and make a mess in the kitchen, but not this time. Nope, I closed the file and shoved it out of my sight and my mind for months.
I started the third Endersley novel. Big mistake.
Decided I wasn’t going to finish Darkness at Endersley. Pout, pout, look for something shiny.
I happened to mention to my friend and fellow author Sue Brown, who had read the bit I had written, that I wasn’t going to finish it. I’d had enough, I hated it…blah…blah…blah.
She wasn’t having that, oh no. Sue threatened me with the Handbag of Doom. What this meant was that I had to write something every day, then send it to her. Before I knew it, I was sending her 500 to 1000 or more words a day. Then, the saggy bit was passed and the end was in sight. I did it. I finished the bugger and I didn’t hate it anymore.
But, believe me, the dedication to Sue at the start is heartfelt. Hand on heart, I would have never finished Darkness at Endersley if it wasn’t for her encouragement and the Handbag of Doom.
Darkness at Endersley will be available on pre-order from 13th June
From the Publisher:
Joshua thought he’d left his past behind, but there’s something in the darkness at Endersley.
Joshua Endersley is glad to leave a broken engagement and his sordid desires behind in London and claim his inheritance on the rolling downs of Wiltshire. What he doesn’t need is temptation in the form of artist, Daniel Wyndham, to remind him of all he wanted to forget.
Joshua finds Daniel impossible to resist and the two men embark on a passionate affair that draws them ever closer. Joshua believes that he can find happiness and live his life the way he wants to in the peace and seclusion of Endersley.
But nothing good can last forever. The very remoteness and solitude that Joshua loves about Endersley turns against him—the darkness at Endersley is deeper and more dangerous than he could have ever imagined.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, as well as reference to incestuous abuse and murder.
About the Author
S.A. Meade has recently returned to England after 8 years in Arizona, where she learned to love air conditioners and realised that rain wasn’t such a bad thing after all. She lives with her husband, son and two cats in one of the most beautiful villages in Wiltshire and is partial to gin and tonic with loads of ice and lemon.
SA Meade has kindly offered an eBook copy of Darkness at Endersley (ePub or PDF) to 1 lucky commenter.
Contest ends 15 June @ 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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