I would like to introduce Midnight Ink author Eve Seymour, who will be sharing thoughts on her latest title (written under the pseudonym Eleanor Gray) Don't Tell Anyone and her upcoming March title An Imperfect Past.
A Note from Eve Seymour
As I write, we are fast approaching Christmas, an occasion when, traditionally, families spend time with each other. Without putting a downer on it, by January, divorce lawyers across the globe will be filling their appointment diaries with glee!
It’s not exactly rocket science to fathom the reason why. Couples who ‘rub along’ during the rest of the year, separated by work and, in many cases, child commitments often don’t fare so well when cooped up for the Christmas holidays. Throw in the odd visiting relative, second time around spouses, stepchildren and half-siblings, occasionally too much booze, and, even in the most loving family unit, cracks appear, tensions exacerbate and old enmities surface. In short, a toxic mix is there for the taking and with, sometimes, combustible results. So where am I going with this?
My latest novels, ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ under pseudonym Eleanor Gray, and ‘An Imperfect Past’, the sequel to ‘Beautiful Losers,’ revolve around family ties that sustain, but can also be dysfunctional. Conflict is the name of the game in stories, and family units provide a rich seam for writers to mine. Where else do passions run high and hatreds deep? And I haven’t even started on secrets.
There is a saying: ‘Write what you know’. I’ve never been particularly sold on the idea because what most people ‘know’ is fairly commonplace. When writing spy fiction, I did a lot of research and reading about what I patently didn’t know and then used my findings as a backdrop for unfolding drama. However with my Kim Slade novels and ‘Don’t Tell...’ I confess I drew on my own family background. Grace Neville in ‘Don’t Tell...’ loses her only daughter. I have never lost a child, thank goodness, but, as a mother of five children, I could go some way to imagining what it must be like. I was also able to use my own childhood experience of loss to feed into Grace’s grief. In a similar vein, Kim Slade the clinical psychologist in ‘Beautiful Losers’ and ‘An Imperfect Past’ is consumed by the absence of a mom in her life and the secrets that unfold prior to her mother’s disappearance and, later, reappearance. Despite my assertion ‘don’t write what you know’, I appear to have shot myself in the proverbial foot!
However you look at it, Kim and Grace’s stories are everyday tales with which many can empathize, the dramatic element only necessary for the purposes of fiction. Whatever your story, I hope you and your family have a fabulous, healthy and peaceful 2017.
Nearly lost in a fog of grief over the fatal stabbing of her daughter, art historian Grace Neville feels only sorrow as Jordan Dukes is found guilty of murder. Days after the sentencing, Grace receives a visit from Jordan’s father, who claims that his son is innocent and a grave miscarriage of justice has taken place. Jordan’s history of gang-related violence and the fact that he doesn’t have an alibi make his father’s plea hard to believe. But then why does somebody break into Grace’s home and go through her daughter’s belongings?
In Don’t Tell Anyone, Eleanor Gray explores the relationship between a mother and a daughter, and the secrets that drive Grace to seek the truth no matter what the cost.
Eleanor Gray/Eve Seymour (England) has written nine novels under several pseudonyms. She began writing after a successful career in public relations and raising five children. She has published articles in Devon Today magazine and had a number of her short stories broadcast on BBC Radio. Visit her at www.evseymour.co.uk.
An Imperfect Past is available March 8, 2017
The past can be a foreign country and, for Kim Slade, a clinical psychologist specializing in young women with eating disorders, it's deadly, too.
No sooner than Kim returns to work after a mental breakdown, she's summoned to the deathbed of a former client, Mimi Vellender. Mimi's dying wish is that Kim finds her brother, Nicholas, who mysteriously disappeared five years ago.
Just as mysteriously, Kim's long-estranged mother, Monica, comes back into her life following the suspicious death of the judge she worked for as a live-in housekeeper. Is the sudden desire for a family reunion all it seems, or does Monica have something to hide?