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Hello, Thank you very much for having me on your blog. I really appreciate the opportunity.
I have written two novels so far, Oxford Whispers, and its sequel, Oxford Shadows, out in May 2013. Everything in what I write is influenced by my past. Now, not necessarily only my childhood or my teen years though, since Oxford Whispers isn’t a Young Adult novel. It rather belongs to the emerging genre called New Adult or Upper-YA.
Oxford Whispers is the story of Madison LeBon, an American student at Oxford University, with psychic powers she prefers to ignore. But when the tragic lovers in a painting begin to haunt her, she must learn to accept her gift. Otherwise, life will imitate art and Madison's own first love will be doomed.
As part of my business degree, I was selected to spend a year at the prestigious Oxford University. For me, it was a dream come true. During my time there, I explored every corner of the city. Some of its most famous landmarks have now a personal resonance: The Randolph, the Turf Tavern, the Queen’s Lane Coffee House… I even celebrated my birthday at Freud’s, just like my heroine Madison did. I stayed for a month in one of the colleges, Exeter College (where Pippa, Madison’s best friend, studies), and I use my room there to model Madison’s. The day I arrived in Oxford for the first time, I KNEW if I ever wrote a book, it would be set in Oxford. It’s truly one of the most romantic places I’ve been to.
The plot revolves also around a pre-Raphaelite painting titled "The Wounded Cavalier" by William Shakespeare Burton. It’s such a pity William Shakespeare Burton does not enjoy a wider appeal. I used to have a poster of the painting in my room as a teenager instead of Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. Does that make me weird? I spent hours daydreaming about the characters in it, building countless scenarios: did they get married? Did they find happiness? Or did the Cavalier die before they could even start falling in love? Oxford Whispers develops one of my “theories.”
I was born in West Africa. When I had to leave, aged four, I left a piece of my heart behind. Elizabeth was the name of my nanny. She looked after me as if I were her own, carried me on her back in the traditional African way, and sung for me while I fell asleep. She gave me one of my most precious possessions: a Voodoo gris-gris. It was a leather pouch with a small shell on top of it. She had hung it on a rough thread so that I could carry it around my neck. It was meant to protect me from evil spirits and bring me luck. I took that gris-gris everywhere with me.
So Oxford Whispers is fed by my dreams, experiences, heartbreaks from my birth to my early-twenties.
About the Author:
In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course. My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.
My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster. Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.
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Two star-crossed lovers in the English Civil War
A painting with haunting powers
A murderous ghost back for revenge
Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. She has vowed to ignore her Voodoo-stamped heritage and the psychic gift passed down through her Louisiana family. The world of the living is where she wants to belong.
But her resolution shatters when the ill-fated lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class at Oxford—begin to haunt her. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War.
In misty present-day Oxford, Madison embarks on a quest to unravel the secrets of the past and understand her personal bond with the painting. To protect herself, she must learn to accept her gift before life imitates art, in all its tragedy.
College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting.
With the spirit of a murderer in hot pursuit, Madison comes to realize that her own first love may be doomed…
Based on a real Pre-Raphaelite painting, Oxford Whispers is full of romance, drama and suspense.
Fall in love for the first time… Again