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 Ellia Volkov. Ellia is a lament singer, and a daughter of the Morrígan. Spirit shamans are part of a triad usually—they work together with a lament singer and a guardian. Ellia has dark secrets of her own, including a sister who now works on the other side of the Veil. She plays the dead to sleep when she can, and helps the spirit shaman to return the dead to their graves. But Ellia was cursed when she was young—her hands are dangerous. And so she never removes her gloves except in the most extreme need. Ellia worked with Kerris’s grandmother Lila, and now…she will help Kerris to take the place of spirit shaman.
This beautiful violin piece reminds me of the music Ellia would play:
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.