Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Christy Effinger and Dr. Simon from Say Nothing of What You See, an upcoming paranormal release from the Wild Rose Press.
First up is Dr. Simon. Tell us a bit about yourself, sir. Greetings. My name is Dr. Virgil Simon and I’m originally from Chicago, Illinois. I now live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where I run a small spiritualist retreat. I train my followers to become mediums.
Tell us about Say Nothing of What You See. It’s about a girl named Mira whose mother abandons her at my commune. Things were going well enough until we received an uninvited guest who wreaked havoc on Mira’s heart and on my well-ordered life.
What did you think the first time you saw Mira, the heroine? I saw a great deal of potential in her. I perceived that she was a strong but sensitive girl, quite attuned to the spirit world.
And your second thought? She was attractive—or would be, once I dressed her in some decent clothes.
Did you think it was love at first sight? I was never in love with Mira. She amused me; she was like a pet bird I kept for my enjoyment. She had her uses. Everyone has their uses.
What do you like most about Mira? I like that she will do whatever it takes to survive. I admire that in a person.
How would you describe her? An old soul—someone wise beyond her years. And yet there was an air of innocence about her . . . at least, until our uninvited guest arrived.
How would she describe you? Mira would probably say that I am cool and aloof. She might even say that I am cruel, but that’s not really true. I simply enjoy punishing people who deserve it.
What made you choose being a medium as a profession? I didn’t choose to be a medium; the spirits chose me to be a guide between their world and ours. I opened my home to students so that I could share my knowledge with others.
What is your biggest fear? I don’t have any. Fear is weakness. Do I look like a weak person to you?
How do you relax? I play the piano. I was something of a musical prodigy as a child and trained classically on the piano in Europe.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Mordred from the Arthurian legends. Most people would call him a villain, but we all have our roles to play. What good is a hero without a villain to challenge him . . . or her?
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? People who discourage revenge have never tasted its sweetness.
Dr. Simon's enigmatic responses intrigued us so much we decided to slip the book's blurb in here. We think you'll agree this is a different type of story—and one to consider picking up.
When her aunt steps off a grain elevator into the emptiness of a prairie evening, Mira Piper loses her one protector. Chloe, her flighty mother, impulsively drags her daughter to Bramblewood, an isolated spiritualist retreat in northern Michigan, run by the enigmatic Dr. Virgil Simon.
Chloe plans to train as a medium but it's Mira who discovers she can communicate with the dead. When her mother abandons her, Mira discovers a darker aspect to Bramblewood: the seemingly kind doctor has a sinister side and a strange control over his students.
Then one winter's day Troy Farrington arrives, to fulfill his mother's dying wish and deliver her letter to the doctor. But calamity strikes and he finds himself a captive, tended by a sympathetic Mira. Haunted by her dead aunt and desperate to escape Bramblewood, Mira makes a dev'sil's deal with Dr. Simon. But fulfillment comes with a steep cost...betrayal.
It's now Christy's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I read a wide range of books. I enjoy writing that is lush and lyrical, such as the poetry of Darcy Cummings. I also admire writers like Ian McEwan, who wind sympathetic characters in a tight web of emotional tension.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them? A friend from graduate school had a novel published by the Wild Rose Press. I knew she was a good writer and I admired her work, so I added TWRP to my list of small presses to query.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? I submitted my initial query to TWRP at the end of July in 2013. I received a request for a partial, and then a full, and had an offer to publish in early October. My editor requested some revisions to the manuscript, and then we worked on edits. She submitted the final galley in May 2014 and my release date was set for August 29, 2014. By my release date, the time from initial query to publication will be 13 months.
Kat and I thank Christy and Dr. Simon for taking the time to visit us this week. We wish Christy much luck with sales on this book and future stories.
To learn more about Christy Effinger and the stories she creates go to: www.christyeffinger.com
Say Nothing of What You See will be available for purchase beginning August 29, 2014.