Hey guys! Today, I have a lovely Q&A with Karen Tayleur, author of Love Notes from Vinegar House! If you've read my review, then you'll remember how much I enjoyed reading the book! I love how haunting, chilling and gorgeously written this book was. Isn't the cover quite creepy but gorgeous too? I think it reflects the story well! I would also like to thank Jennifer from Walker Books Australia for putting this blog tour together! Anyway, onto the Q&A...
I love a good gothic novel, so I set myself the task to write one. The combination of a love interest, mystery and things that go bump in the night is a lot of fun.
Have you ever experienced anything strange like Freya, Rumer and the mysterious love notes in the book?
As a teenager I had a recurring dream about an event that took place in a time when the women wore long skirted outfits, their hair dressed elaborately - hard to pinpoint when this was. I do remember the location - the ballroom where the event took place. It had several marble fireplaces and I was not part of the festivities but sat on the mantlepiece of one of the fireplaces watching the intricate dance steps and the chatter.
I told my best friend about the dream - we loved to scare ourselves with the idea of ghosts and things that could not be explained.
Much later, at my engagement party, my friend took me aside and pointed out the marble fireplaces.
The layout of the ballroom was the same.
It was the home of my future husband - he lived in a huge old homestead.
What is the scariest book you've ever read and the scariest movie you've ever watched?
I think it was the combination of horror and not knowing the line between reality and what was happening in the protagonist's mind.
A black and white movie when I was a kid about a man who had an illness which caused him to fall into a deep coma and appear dead. He spent his life convinced he would be buried alive. There was a haunting tune that was whistled in the fog. Very spooky...
If you had the choice of living in a hotel known to be 'haunted' or vinegar house, which one would you choose and why?
I love Vinegar House. It's comfortable and a bit tatty and it has history. And it has Mrs Skelton who can always guarantee an overcooked lemon tart or roast, or Luke Hart casually working up a sweat outside in the garden. Of course, you can't leave your room in the middle of the night...
What do you think of the cover of Love Notes from Vinegar House?
I love it - aren't those designers clever? It really evokes the spooky midnight mystery of Vinegar House which is at its scariest in the wee hours of the morning. Covers are very hard to get right. I hope my readers like it.
Chocolate or chips?
Chocolate, unless I'm angry and then I'll have chips.
Ghosts or Vampires?
Ghosts, more romantic and not as messy.
Indoors or outdoors?
Indoors, unless I'm camping strangely enough...
Oh I absolutely love Karen's answers! And Karen's experience with her dream was interesting. I haven't actually heard of The Shining but I did a little Google search and found out that it was written by Stephen King! It sounds really scary. The cover of Love Notes from Vinegar House is gorgeous. I love how Karen preferred ghosts over vampires and chocolates. I LOVE CHOCOLATES TOO! Thank you Karen for taking her time to answer the questions and Jennifer from Walker Books Australia for putting this blog tour together!