Today, I have a writer I respect a great deal. Erastes writes gay historical fiction which has got to be tough to do. Her books are well received everywhere and I look forward to enjoying them myself.
Please enjoy her post and comment for the giveaway.
All winners for the last few days will be announced Monday.
Hello all, and thank you Mere Mortals is my fourth published novel and it’s the one closest to home, as it were.
I moved to the Norfolk Broads about ten years ago, and have no intention of moving away if I can help it. I fell in love with the area when I was a kid and we always came up here for holidays once or twice a year, hired a boat and pooted around the hundreds of miles of rivers and the lakes (known as Broads and Meres)
They are an almost alien landscape, and the odd thing is that the view of the world when you are in the rivers, looks nothing like the Norfolk that you see as you drive around in your car. There are spooky fogs which creep at ground level like dead fingers, reed beds which still provide thatch for the county, holding amazing wildlife like the water vole, the cormorant and the bittern. There’s nothing like the ominous sound of the bittern “booming” through the reeds which sends shivers up your spine.
So when I was considering this gothic novel I wanted somewhere remote and spooky. I had originally planned to set it on Dartmoor, but then I realised that Dartmoor has been done so many times in literature, and the Norfolk Broads get woefully underused. Plus I could do the research right here—rather than driving ten hours to get to Dartmoor!
Norfolk,like all English counties has its share of terrible tales and legends, from witches seeking revenge to headless ghosts of manor houses. Setting a gothic here seemed just right. The claustrophobic atmosphere, with a house on an island where no escape is possible was perfect for my purposes. Horsey Mere, where this book is set is a real place, although sadly, there’s no house on an island there.
I hope—if you try the book—you’ll find it interesting, and please let me know one way or the other!
I’m giving away one signed copy of Mere Mortals to one commenter, so please ask me anything you like. I hope you enjoy the foray into one of the most beautiful and alien places in England. (If you already have a copy, you can win any of my back catalogue, simply state that in the comment.)
Thank you for reading and thanks to Michael Mandrake for letting me play.
Erastes is the penname of a female author. She’s owned by 3 cats and lives in Norfolk. She writes gay historical fiction and runs “Speak Its Name” the only place on the planet for gay historical fiction reviews. Her second novel “Transgressions”—set during the English Civil War was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Awards for Romance. Check out her website on www.erastes.com where you can read lots of excerpts and keep up with her latest news.
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