My father was born in
While I never got there with my father, I did go to
What a wonderful adventure that must have been for you. What did you love the most?
|Broadfield Home – the cottage where my father was raised|
Since that first trip, I’ve been back in 1997; 1999 (I met Princess Anne on this trip); 2000 – my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary by renewing our vows in the church at the orphanage where my father was raised;
|Mt Zion Church, Quarriers Village|
You've had some wonderful experiences in your father's homeland, well worth the visits, but your novel is set in 19th century Scotland. That must have required some research.
|Wardhouse – aka Weetshill in A Shadow in the Past.|
I fell in love with this “old heap” when I saw it for the first time in 1993. Isn’t it just begging to have a story spun around it?
You invite yourself, the author, to a fictional Ball you create in a lovely old mansion. Would the characters in your novel greet you warmly?
I’d like to think that my characters would greet me warmly but it’s difficult to say. I think Sarah would since we’re from the same time. The others would be wary (downright frightened) of my appearance... and heaven help me when I spoke and didn’t have a Scottish accent. I would be a Sassenach for sure.
I’d apologize to Sarah. I put her through some terrible situations in the present and after she ended up in the past. I think she’d admire the character traits (well some) that I gave her – headstrong (okay, it gets her into trouble but it also gets her out).
Sarah does stand up for herself and her outspokenness causes her problems, so I hope the reader will root for her, but get angry with her, too, and think 'why on earth did you do that?' And while they think she and Robert will make a lovely couple, in the back of their mind they should be saying 'don't do it, Robert! It will only end in tears'. And possibly most importantly, I'd tell the reader to 'enjoy the stone circle but beware of the magic it holds because you, too, might become A Shadow in the Past.'
When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…
Sarah has her own blog here
A Shadow in the Past book trailer.
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I've really enjoyed our time together, Melanie. Thank you for sharing your special connection with Scotland.