Author: Caroline Healy
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.
Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.
With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.
Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.
Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.
Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.
Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.
Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.
The hardest part for me was getting the historical detail right and keeping the everyday of modern times interesting for the reader. I wanted Cassandra to be discovering elements of everyday that we take for granted. So trying to describe listening to music through an ipod or watching television… what would that be like to a person who never encountered either of these things before. Also I wanted the development of Cassie to be slightly uncomfortable for readers. She is not the nicest of characters (a little bit misunderstood). So that balance between like and dislike and encouraging the reader to stick with the story was the hardest. (It’s worth it in the end)
2. Do you have a writing schedule or do you write whenever you feel like it?
When I am writing a book, especially first draft I sit, day after day for three hours, usually first thing in the morning till I reach my daily word count. It then takes me roughly six weeks to write a first draft of a book. And after that…the work really begins. Once the words are on the page, then you can mould them, change them, fight with them, beat them into some kind of order. Only when you have a draft of something, can the writing process, for me, truly begin.
3. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be able to travel through time. I am a major history and archaeology nerd so would love to be able to travel to the Iron age or the Renaissance and experience these eras. Of course I’d want an emergency eject button on hand in case things got hairy so I could make it back to the safety of the 21st century.
4. Who is your favorite character in Wolf Mirror?
I have a bit of a soft spot for Mrs. Rivers. I think she is overlooked but I wrote her like that as it is part of the story.
5. Which authors do you admire?
I am reading Sarah J. Maas at the minute and really enjoying how her writing has evolved with her series. I also like short stories, so Alice Monro I like and other writers. I am reading E. M. Reapy’s Dirt at the minute and enjoying it.
6. What are you reading at the moment?
Hmm, see above…I am guilty of reading several books at once. So I have E. M. Reapy’s Dirt on the go, as well as Naomi Alderman’s The Power and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
In 2012 her award winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,TheBohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice
Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water.
She has a fondness for dark chocolate, cups of tea and winter woollies.