The Shimmering Stones of Winter's Light - Constance Walker
I love books that start out with hints of paranormal and fantasy components. I'm always interested to see where the author takes the plot and just how much of the supernatural they choose to weave into their created world.
Constance Walker did a great job of holding my attention and keeping me guessing about where the plot was going. There were quite a few twists - some that I saw coming and others that caught me off guard.
Highly enjoyable. Very well written. I had a lot of fun reading it.
Some Bio Information
I love to write. I’ve been a newspaper reporter, a documentary video writer and producer, a magazine writer and all the while I had to deal with hard facts. Now I write fiction. I can make up the “facts.”
I’ve written three contemporary romances, one paranormal romance and two gothics. I’ve had five books published the traditional way and last year established WINTER’S EVE BOOKS for my newest novels.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t think I ever thought about the inspiration for the book until now but I’ve always been interested in the “unseen.” Déjà vu instances, odd happenings, strange sounds and findings, psychics, etc.–things that can’t really be explained unless you want to label them all “coincidences.” .
And one day I was driving on a bridge and I saw a solitary half-hidden house on a cliff and I casually thought about that house and the setting. And that progressed to wondering who lived there, who built it, and then I started playing the “what if?” game: What if the house was owned by just one family for all time? What were the adults like? What if children lived there? Did they dare go near the cliff to look at the water? Were they frightened by the view? And then, what if the house was haunted? And finally…what if all this happened in Wales? Why Wales? I really don’t know why but I’ve always had a fascination abut Wales and its folklore.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I don’t use an outline but once I get an idea I start jotting down words and phrases for scenes that I think belong in the storyline. And usually those words or phrases determine the genre, the timeframe, and the characters.
I don’t purposely set out to write a certain kind of book--it just seems that it all comes together for me at the beginning. And then as I write I sometimes speak the words out loud–it’s a way of checking the grammar but mostly it’s my way of becoming the literal storyteller and, most times, that leads to complete sections.
3. Describe your favorite scene in this book.
That’s difficult–there are a few that I really like--but I think the scene where Mathias, Gwynneth’s father, tells how she came to live with him and his wife, Molly, might be my favorite. I liked these people--they were good, decent, and hard-working people--and I wanted the reader to know that Gwynneth’s life with them was beautiful and loving and was the basis for her gentility.
4. What does the perfect writing environment look like to you?
I usually write in the late evening, so…a cold, snowy night. My warm office in my home. Jake, my wonderful dog, sleeping by my chair. The quietness of the house. And a sense that all is well, all is well.
5. How would you describe your writing style?
Eclectic. Very eclectic. I like to write in different genres because I like reading all kinds of books–fiction, non-fiction, different categories. So, I never sit down and say, "I think I’ll write a gothic or a contemporary or a mystery“--I sort of go by that “what if?” game I spoke about before.
6. What would you like readers to take away from your book?
A sense of “Yes!” A feeling of having been told a story that takes you away from whatever is happening in your life at the time. And, I always put animals in my stories–maybe even just a reference to them--and I hope the readers will take away a sense of compassion and caring for animals.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
That’s the easiest of all the questions. I just want to tell stories. I’m not in a position to single-handedly change the world but if reading and enjoying my book makes one person happy or peaceful or makes the day better, then that’s really my goal. That’s the “YES” factor