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Our guest today is Pip Leighton, from The Secrentary and the Ghost. Gillian St. Kevern is another New Zealand author who offers this gothic romance for your reading pleasure.

A man of average height, chestnut brown hair, and an air of avid interest enters the ballroom, gazing around him with rapt attention. He is so distracted that he immediately collides with another guest. He is profuse in his apologies, and retreats to a corner where he can gaze at the gathering, his delight plain on his cheerful face. He pats the front of his suit, feeling for a notebook, only to collect himself — taking notes at a ball would be unmannerly in the extreme.


Character Questions

What does the law think of your activities? The law generally takes a dim view of anything that cannot be pinned down with facts — indeed, my investigations of the preternatural elements of our world are usually dismissed as fancy! Still, as I am careful not to overstep the bounds of good manners when conducting my investigation, I have yet to suffer any effects more bruising that spurious reviews of my published work.

Who is your best friend? Thomas Cross, Lord of Foxwood. He is much more than my employer, but a dear, dear friend — indeed, I should say he is my life’s companion. I came to Foxwood hoping only to find a tolerable employer. I never expected to find my other half.

Author Questions

Is the landscape important in telling your stories? How do you use it? Setting is basically another character! Gothic vibes demand a remote, isolated environment, preferably with lots of mist and forest. But big cities can be isolating too. I love world building, and researching locations for stories is a lot of fun.

When did you know you were a writer? I knew I was a writer when I started getting frustrated when the characters in the books I read at the time weren’t doing what I wanted them to do. I’d put a book down halfway through, and come up with an ending that I liked better, spending weeks building it in my head. Then one day I realized I could write them down!


The Secretary and the Ghost

Pip Leighton is in a fix. His sister’s marriage hinges on him staving off the family’s impending financial ruin by taking the job of secretary to Lord Cross, a reclusive man with a temper befitting his name. Developing a passion for his employer was not on the cards. Neither was getting caught up in the deep mystery surrounding Foxwood Court and its resident ghost, but Pip has never been one to shirk a duty.

As Pip delves deeper into the past, he discovers that his only hope for a future with Cross may depend on a man long dead — a man with a curious resemblance to himself.

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About Gillian St. Kevern

Gillian St. Kevern (she/they) is dismantling capitalism one novel at a time. They blend their lived experience as a member of the LGBTQ community with worlds of magic and mystery, creating characters that linger long after the final page has been turned. For a free sampler of Gillian’s work, visit http://www.gillianstkevern.com

When not immersed in fantastical worlds, Gillian house-sits everything from elderly beagles to Machiavellian donkeys. Gillian is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance Writers, and, with co-host Jamie Sands, runs writing streams on YouTube, focused on empowering writers and other creatives.

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gillian-St-Kevern/e/B00GJICO4M

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