All this month I’m going to be introducing you to characters for my upcoming Whisper Hollow series. I have not been this excited about writing a series since I started Otherworld. Don’t get me wrong, I love the other work that I’ve written, but the Whisper Hollow series and its characters launched themselves into my dreams. Literally. The characters and spirits that inhabit the world keep me awake at night, and they talk to me in my dreams. I’m extremely excited about this series — yes it is a slightly different direction than my urban fantasy, but I think it’s stronger than anything I’ve written.
So this week, I am introducing you to Kerris Fellwater. Kerris is a spirit shaman, and a daughter of the Morrigan. This series is rife with Celtic mythology, intermingled with my own take on it. Kerris has been away from her home for a long time because of her grandfather, but three signs tell her she has to return. The Crow Man speaks to her through crows, her grandmother comes to her through her dreams, and the Girl in the Window warns her of danger ahead. When she returns home, she finds herself embroiled in the mystery of her mother’s disappearance, and begins to delve into the dark secrets that threaten the town of Whisper Hollow
Kerris is not the typical kick butt action heroine. But she is strong spirited, and she knows what she has to do and does it. She grew up learning the rules of Whisper Hollow and she respects them because she knows how very true they are.
Rule One: If you hear someone call your name from the forest, don’t answer.
Rule Two: Never interrupt Ellia when she’s playing to the dead.
Rule Three: If you see the girl in the window, set your affairs in order.
Rule Four: Try not to end up in the hospital.
Rule Five: If the Crow man summons you, follow him.
Rule Six: Remember: sometimes the foul are actually fair.
Rule Seven: And most important: don’t drive down by the Lake at night.
Whisper Hollow is available for preorder. You can preorder signed copies from Seattle Mystery Bookshop—try to get your orders in before October 27, so they have enough copies. And remember, I will be having a book launch party at Seattle Mystery Bookshop on October 31st at Noon, and I will be signing in Beaverton OR, and Bellevue WA. See Appearances page.
UK readers: note, I have a UK publisher now, so there will be a version released simultaneously there.