Welcome today to the very lovely Rumer Haven, talking about her forthcoming book ‘What the Clocks Know‘ due out in early 2016. I had the pleasure of beta reading this fantastically written novel with a distinctly paranormal edge a few months ago, I loved it. I’ll be giving it a shout out once again when it’s on the shelves but for now here’s Rumer to tell us all about it.
Thank you for inviting me here, Shani, and hello, everyone!
2015 has been a lovely year to look back on, and 2016 promises to be a happy new year indeed with the publication of my second paranormal fiction, What the Clocks Know. Just as my debut novel, Seven for a Secret, is a Valentine to my sweet-home Chicago (and more specifically my time there as a single twenty-something around the New Millennium), What the Clocks Know is a tribute to my more recent years as an American expat in London.
Now on the verge of British citizenship, I’ve certainly learned my lessons on UK soil and could relate a more rounded, mature perspective on my experiences in this beautiful land, but several years ago, the initial going was rough. I was naïve and lost, quite frankly, and in navigating my way through international relocation, I had to renegotiate my identity as well—but from that early turmoil, this story was born. And if there’s anything else I’ve learned from London, it’s that it’s a haunted city—how couldn’t it be, with so many layers of history densely packed onto one spot? I can’t turn a single street corner without stumbling on some fascinating fact, legend, or just a bit of soulful inspiration, so I wanted to give homage to that as well. As a result, much like the past haunts the present in Seven for a Secret (which alternates between 1920s and Y2K Chicago), What the Clocks Know is a ghostly love story where modern and Victorian London collide.
To find what makes her tick, twenty-six-year-old Margot dumps her New York boyfriend, quits her Chicago job, and crashes at her friend’s London flat for the summer. Rather than find herself, though, she only feels more lost. An unsettling energy affects Margot from the moment she enters the old Victorian residence, and she spirals into depression. Frightened and questioning her perceptions after a while, she gradually suspects her dark emotions belong to Charlotte instead. Who’s Charlotte? Margot doesn’t know either. But the name on a local gravestone could relate to her dreams and the grey woman weeping at the window.
Of course, it could all be tricks of the eye and mind. Coincidence. Margot exhausts logical explanation until belief in her sanity hinges on belief in the supernatural—that somehow her soul search has found Charlotte’s spirit. Yet it’s a greater leap of faith for Margot to believe she might be haunting herself, that perhaps it’s not the first time her footsteps have tread through that old house…nor the first or last time an eternal love triangle will bind her to Charlotte.
What the Clocks Know is due for release in early 2016 by Crooked Cat Publishing, and you can find Seven for a Secret now (print and ebook) at the following:
Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching something on Netflix. A former teacher hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband and probably a ghost or two. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and paranormal, which inspires her writing to explore dimensions of time, love, and the soul.