Who I’d Haunt by Caroline Green

Oooh, Caroline Green is pulling on the white ghosty sheet today and she’s chosen someone fabulous:
If I could float about, unseen, for a day, I’d take my ghosty self back a few years to hang out with Russell T Davies when he was writing Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan ever since I was a child. I genuinely DID do the whole 1970s hiding-behind-a-cushion thing at the scary bits and my all-time favourite monsters (thanks for asking) were the Ice Warriors and the Cybermen.
 
It would be fascinating to watch how Russell T worked and came up with some of those brilliant ideas for the David Tennant shows. I devoured Davies’ book The Writer’s Tale, which included diary entries and emails from when he was lead writer on the series but I’d love to have been able to actually see how he coped with writer’s block or what his desk looked like when he was in the middle of plotting. I’d leave myself some time to head on over to watch Steven Moffat in action then, so I could compare how the two writers work. In fact, I’d make sure it was the day Moffat was writing the episode ‘Blink’, which remains one of my most favourite Doctor Who episodes ever, despite the fact that the Doctor himself hardly appears.
 
Thanks, Tamsyn, for encouraging this highly enjoyable fantasy!
No, thank you, Caroline – we’re all right behind you!
Caroline Green’s latest title is called Fragments; sequel to the critically-acclaimed Cracks.
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The story started with Cal. His everyday life cracked apart to reveal a reality he could barely believe.

Now join Kyla, the girl who saved Cal from being locked up in his own mind . . .

In a paranoid, near-future Britain, Kyla is alone, and hiding out from the ruthless Counterinsurgency and Anti-Terror Squads, known as CATS.

But instead of capturing her, the CATS cut her a deal. They want to brainwash Kyla, and use the talents that make her elusive – her athletic ability, cunning and quick-thinking – to turn her into a valuable asset of their own . . . hunting down the very people fighting for her freedom.

Will Kyla wake up to the real truth? Or will she be trapped forever in a terrifying world?

Her website is http://www.carolinegreen.net/ or catch her on Twitter @carolinesgreen
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Who I’d Haunt by Ruth Saberton

I took a little blog break yesterday for the Bank Holiday but I’m back today with a cracking haunting post from Ruth Saberton:

This is a great question for me right now because the novel I’m working on, Dead Romantic, is all about the ghost of a pop star who haunts the heroine because she is the only person who can see him – a little awkward since she is a sceptical scientist who refuses to believe in anything supernatural…

Who would I haunt? I think this depends on the nature of the haunting. It could be great fun to haunt my mean ex- boyfriend. I could have a lovely time doing all the things that really annoyed him about me – like changing the radio station from Radio 4 to Radio 1, losing the car keys, not screwing the lids on jars properly and wandering off with the Sky Control.   And he wouldn’t be able to do a thing about it or moan at me. That would certainly be revenge from beyond the grave- especially seeing as he’d know exactly who it was doing all this!

Now, if I could have a ghost horse then I’d like to put in a request for my arab mare, Milly, to join me haunting the woods where we’ve loved to gallop. On a moonlit night we could weave in and out of the trees and jump logs and streams to our hearts’ content. And, being already dead, falling off at high speed when she put in a ghostly spook wouldn’t hurt at all!

I hope I’m not being too greedy here but if I’m allowed to choose a location to haunt as well, then I’d like to plump for Selfridges. Once the shop has closed for the night I could drift from department to department and have great fun with the Mulberry bags and Channel clothes. Being a ghost will of course mean that I am very thin and will fit in all the size zero designer outfits and because I glide I will have no trouble with the high heels! The perfumes won’t give me asthma and I can spray away to my heart’s content and experiment with all the new makeup without getting spots. There’s a book department, comfy beds to lie on and, my favourite thing of all, a stationary department where I can look at notebooks and paper and write ghostly messages. I may take a break from my spooky retail therapy, hop on a ghostly bus and make a trip to Westminster and see just what the politicians really get up to. I’ll have great fun making the ones I don’t like jump!

And one last request – please, please, please, can I also haunt Brad Pitt? I don’t have to explain why do I? A ghost has to have some fun!

My afterlife sounds like it’s going to be very busy…

Thanks, Ruth! And no, you don’t need to explain about Brad Pitt…

Ruth’s latest book is the fab  (and gorgeously covered) Escape For The Summer:

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Can Andi Evans find the strength to start again?

Betrayed and broken-hearted, Andi’s redundancy is one shock too many. Suddenly single and in debt, a summer working in the pretty Cornish town of Rock seems the perfect solution.Determined never to trust again, will a chance meeting with a stranger change her mind?

Andi’s sister, Angel, is determined to find a man who can keep her in style. Heading to Rock, summer playground of the rich and famous, seems an inspired idea until a misunderstanding threatens to end a romance that has started to mean more to her than she ever expected…

Actress Gemma is no stranger to diets and disappointments. As the future of her career hangs in the balance, Gemma hopes a summer in Cornwall solves her problems. With a reality TV show being filmed in the seaside town surely she can avoid the pasty shops and win herself a role.

Arriving in idyllic Cornwall, all three girls are hoping for a holiday to remember. But will this be for the right reasons? Or, as emotions run higher than the tide, will the summer escape turn their lives upside down?

Ruth’s website is http://www.ruthsaberton.co.uk or you can catch her on Twitter @RuthSaberton

Who I’d Haunt by Kerry Drewery

It’s Kerry Drewery up on the blog today and she’s got a certain gentleman of Whitechapel in her sights:

I’ve always been fascinated by unsolved crimes, mysteries or supposed conspiracy theories that now will never be solved, such as the death of Marilyn Monroe, who really killed John F Kennedy if it wasn’t Lee Harvey Oswald, or what actually happened to Edgar Allen Poe in those days he was missing and what exactly caused his death, so I think if I was able to haunt anyone in any time period, it would have to be something like this, where I could discover the truth.

But I think, instead of haunting a person, I would haunt a place – the streets of Whitechapel in 1888 – and I would find out the identity of Jack the Ripper.

Before I travelled back in time I would study the dates the women were killed, the times, the locations, and once there, I would walk the streets, watch the ladies, follow the carriages and the men as they came and went, and when I’d seen the face of the killer, I would be a step behind him everywhere he went, whispering in his ear, slamming doors, opening windows, haunting him now and making his life miserable until either he thought himself quite mad, or began to feel some guilt for his actions.  

I don’t think, on coming back to present time, I would be able to tell anyone who I had seen and solve the crime that’s been the subject of so many books, films and debates, as I wouldn’t have any evidence, but I would know, and hopefully my actions as ‘ghost’ would’ve done something to make him repent.

Thanks, Kerry. I’m fascinated by those mysteries too, although I’m too chicken to face Jack the Ripper myself!

Kerry’s latest book is  A Dream of Lights and it sounds incredible:

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Yoora is a teenage girl living in North Korea, dreaming of the lights of foreign cities while eking out a miserable existence in a rural northern village. But then she makes a mistake: she falls in love. With someone far removed from her social class. Someone dangerous to know. When tongues start to wag, her father is executed and she is taken to a prison camp in the mountains. There, escape seems even further from her grasp. But Yoora is about to learn an important lesson: love can surprise you, and it can come in many forms…

Catch up with Kerry here:

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Who I’d Haunt by Matt Dunn

I’m welcoming the brilliant Matt Dunn today. He’s dithering over his victim a bit…

Most authors already know how to haunt – bookshops, that is, waiting to see if they can spot anyone buying their books. But when it comes to haunting a person, given an infinite choice – well, that’s a tough one.
Of course, my first answer would be Halle Berry, for reasons you can probably guess. But thinking about it, if I was given actual haunting ability, I fear – no pun intended – I’d have to use my powers for good, trying to scare Assad into having a heart attack, for example. Or frightening Nigel Farage (though up close, I fear he’d possibly frighten me more) into giving up politics. UKIP? He certainly wouldn’t with me disturbing his sleep every night.
Having said that, I might just be having too much fun in the afterlife to come back and haunt anyone. After all, think who’s there – the parties you could go to, the people you could talk to, the things you could ask them. And there’d be all life’s great mysteries you could finally find out the answer to – who killed JFK, what happened to Shergar, where is Lord Lucan – and why is TOWIE so popular.
So actually, forget the haunting. I’d be having way too much fun to… No, it would be Halle Berry. And that – literally – is my final answer.
Thanks, Matt. If I was Halle Berry, I’d be looking carefully over my shoulder…
Matt’s latest book is A Day at the Office:
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For most people, Valentine’s Day means flowers, chocolates, and candlelit dinners. But for five of Seek Software’s employees, it’s shaping up to be as much fun as a trip to the dentist.

Long-term singleton Sophie has a crush on colleague Nathan but worries he doesn’t even know her name. And is there really any point in her sending a card to the man who organises the annual office Anti-Valentine’s party?

Overweight, insecure, and still living with his mum, Calum’s desperate for a girlfriend. He’s recently met the woman of his dreams online but his exaggerated profile might mean tonight’s first date could also be their last.

Mark’s been besotted with Julie since she kissed him at the office Christmas party. While she doesn’t seem to remember a thing, today might be his best chance to remind her. If only he could work out how.

A Day at the Office is a wise, wonderfully moving, and laugh-out-loud novel about life, love, and relationships by bestselling novelist Matt Dunn.

Matt’s website is: http://www.mattdunn.co.uk or you catch him on Twitter @mattdunnwrites

Who I’d Haunt by Liz Fenwick

The lovely Liz Fenwick is up today with a short and sweet haunting:

I generally use actors to help with the physical descriptions of my heroes. It’s very hard work googling images and videos clips just to make sure I’ve noted the tilt of the head, the grin and, well, the physique.
In A Cornish Stranger it was Benedict Cumberbatch who I used as a model for my hero. I would love to haunt him for a day to see if he’s as wonderful as Fin turned out to be…and simply because he’s just gorgeous!
Totally in agreement, Liz – can we haunt Benedict together?
Liz’s new book is A Cornish Stranger:
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There’s an old Cornish saying: ‘Save a stranger from the sea, he’ll turn your enemy…’When her reclusive grandmother becomes too frail to live alone, Gabriella Blythe moves into the remote waterside cabin on Frenchman’s Creek which has been her grandmother’s home for decades. Once a celebrated artist, Jaunty’s days are coming to a close but she is still haunted by events in her past, particularly the sinking of Lancasteria during the war.

Everything is fine until a handsome stranger arrives in a storm, seeking help. Fin has been left a family legacy: a delicate watercolour of a cabin above the creek which leads him to this beautiful stretch of Cornish water. As Fin begins to pick at the clues of the painting, he is drawn into the lives of Gabe and Jaunty, unraveling a remarkable story of identity and betrayal…

Find our more about Liz on her website or catch her on Twitter @liz_fenwick.

Who I’d Haunt by Sharon Gosling

It’s Sharon Gosling’s turn to choose someone to haunt today and she’s gone for someone breathtaking:

If I could haunt anyone – and it would have to be in a nice way, not a scary way – it would be a woman called Isabella Bird. She’s been dead for a long time herself – she was born in Yorkshire in 1834, and died in 1904. In between she had an extraordinary life. It was full of exploration and travel, all of which she did completely on her own – something that was virtually unheard of for a woman in that time period. She went to Hawaii, to Japan, to Tibet, to Korea, to Kurdistan. When she died, in her early 70s, she was planning another solo trip, this time to India.

She funded her travel in part by writing letters home to her sister, which were then serialized in newspapers. One of her most famous expeditions was to America. On this particular trip she rode for 800 miles, mostly alone, through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She found her way into Estes Park, which today has roads running through it and even a town, but back then was completely isolated Only populated by hardened hunters, there were no roads or even clear tracks, yet she found her way over the high mountain passes and into the remote, lush natural ‘park’ beyond. She was so hardy that she survived a winter there – and that was no easy task. Even most of the hunters left for warmer climates over the worst months, but not Isabella.

While there, she fell in love. Well, from her letters it seems as if she might have done, anyway – she was a God-fearing, tee-total, bible-loving woman, and he was a one-eyed, murderous scoundrel nicknamed ‘Mountain Jim’. She wasn’t much more than five feet tall, and he was both huge and hugely strong. Reading between the lines of her carefully edited letters, it’s possible to see that he was as enamored of her as she seemed to be of him, and tried to convince her to marry him. But it seems that his bad past held her back, and eventually she decided that she would have to leave Estes Park and Mountain Jim before something untoward could happen.

She started her ride out in the middle of a blizzard, and the only path still clear led right past Mountain Jim’s cabin. Mountain Jim, a man with many enemies, saw this person on horseback coming through the snow and thought he was under surprise attack. He tried to shoot the rider (he missed, thank goodness), and only realised when she fell that it was his beloved Isabella. He picked her up and took her to his cabin, but she wouldn’t stay. She mounted the horse again and left him behind forever.

A few months later, Mountain Jim was shot dead by an aggrieved fellow hunter. When Isabella heard, she finally agreed to marry another man who had been trying to persuade her for years – with the proviso that she would still be allowed to travel wherever and whenever she liked, alone.

Isabella’s life was truly extraordinary, and how I would have loved to be able to follow her around as she lived it – and to find out whether Mountain Jim ever managed to coax a kiss from her. I’d like to think he did, don’t you?

Wow, what an inspirational lady! Thanks, Sharon!

Sharon’s latest book is The Ruby Airship (I’ve read the first book in the series, The Diamond Thief and it is brilliant)

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In this action-packed sequel to The Diamond Thief, trapeze-artist Remy has left the circus and her life as a jewel thief behind, but doubts that the young detective Thaddeus Rec will ever truly trust her. Torn between her new life and her old, her mind is made up when Yannick, a fellow circus-performer from Remy’s past, arrives in London. Remy decides it’s time to go with Yannick to France, and rejoin her best friend Claudette and the circus. But Thaddeus is sure that Yannick is up to no good. He’s determined to track them down and win Remy back, even if he has to embark on a perilous journey by airship to do so.

Find out more about Sharon on her blog or catch her on Twitter @sharongosling

Who I’d Haunt by Bea Davenport

Welcome to Bea Davenport, author of creepy Victorian story The Serpent House, who is out for revenge with her haunting:

Here’s who I would haunt, if I could: the writer of a pop song that scared the wits out of me when I was an impressionable child.

I was a very anxious little girl and easily spooked. So when I heard a song on the radio all about an old man dying, it really got to me. The song’s official title is Theme from a Teenage Opera, but everyone knew it as Grocer Jack, which was the line from the chorus. (Only people of a certain age will remember it)! The song was all about a put-upon old grocer who was thoroughly taken for granted. But one night he couldn’t get his breath and he died.

The horrid people in the town sent their children round to bang on his door and complain that he hadn’t delivered their breakfast. But when they realised he was dead, they were all very sorry and sent flowers to his funeral. Morbid, eh?

What on earth was the songwriter thinking? Night after night, I lay awake, convinced that (a) the ghost of Grocer Jack was coming to get me and (b) people close to me could die at any minute. It didn’t help that this wretched track was in the UK charts for fifteen weeks, so it was hard to escape. My big brother even bought the single!

So if I was a ghost, I’d float into the bedroom of that composer and sing scary songs about death into his ear, keeping him awake. I’d only do it for a few weeks  – fifteen, say. Revenge would be very sweet indeed.

Thanks, Bea! Come to think of it, I’d quite like to haunt Barry Manilow for that earworm to end all earworms, Copa Cobana.

Bea’s latest book is the spooky-sounding The Serpent House, out on 5th June:

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As I got into the Hall grounds, the sick, dizzy feeling came over me again, as if I was
about to fall over. Was that a whispering in my ears? Was someone saying my name?

Twelve-year-old Annie is invited to Hexer Hall to work as a servant for the mysterious Lady Hexer. Carvings of snakes are everywhere and when Annie touches one, she travels back in time to when the Hall was a leper hospital, run by a sinister doctor with a collection of terrifying serpents. Annie never wants to return, but Lady Hexer demands she finds a way to steal the doctor’s book of magical cures. She promises it will rid the world of disease, including tuberculosis, which killed Annie’s mother.

Summoning all her courage, Annie travels back in time again…

Find out more Bea on her website

Who I’d Haunt by Julie Cohen

Today’s guest post is from Julie Cohen and she’s gone for a twist on the usual haunting theme:

I wish I could be haunted by my grandmother.

She was a tiny woman, with kind hands and keen eyes and a pointed nose like a bird’s. She could never sit in a chair without pulling up both her legs and crossing them, lotus-style. She played bridge and did the crossword every day; she read thick romance paperbacks and doodled vehement cross-hatches on paper when she was talking on the phone. She liked a vodka tonic before dinner.

I wish she would haunt me and tell me things. I wish she’d whisper her recipe for beef brisket or chocolate chip cookies in my ear while I was in the kitchen. I wish she’d give me an ethereal birthday card every April, covered with Xs and Os. I wish she’d stand behind me when I’m feeling annoyed at someone, and say what she always said: ‘Well, maybe they’re having a bad day too.’ I wish she’d rap her ghostly knuckles on her ghostly head every time someone said something about their good fortune, saying ‘Kinahora,’ which is Yiddish for ‘knock on wood’.

I wish she’d haunt me, because I miss her.

Thanks, Julie. I’m kind of wishing your grandmother would haunt me too…

Julie’s latest book is the incredible Dear Thing:

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This is the story of Claire and Ben, who are perfectly in love – in fact, who are seemingly perfect in almost every way. Except one. They can’t have a baby.

It’s also the story of Ben’s best friend Romily, who after years of watching Ben and Claire suffer, offers to have a baby for them.

But being pregnant stirs up all kinds of feelings in Romily – feelings she’d rather keep buried, but can’t. Now there are two mothers – and one baby who belongs to both of them, and which only one of them can keep.

Find out more about Julie on her website or catch her on Twitter @julie_cohen

Who I’d Haunt by Sarah Sky

Today, I’m welcoming Sarah Sky to the blog and she’s gone big on her haunting aspirations:

I would haunt Barack Obama, basically because I’m really nosy. I want to sit in on his meetings with advisors and discover what really goes on behind the scenes at the White House. I desperately want to visit all the areas that are off-limits to the public. I’ll sit in the President’s chair in the Oval Office, pretend I’m making important decisions in the Situation Room and slip into the President’s Emergency Operations Centre, under the East Wing.

What else lies beneath the White House? Apparently a secret network of underground tunnels and security bunkers. I’ll find out for sure when I’m floating around one night.

Thanks, Sarah – now I’m intrigued about those tunnels!

Sarah’s new book, Code Red Lipstick will be published by Scholastic on 5th June 2014:

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Models, spies and lipstick gadgets… When Jessica’s father, a former spy, vanishes mysteriously, Jessica takes matters into her own hands. She’s not just a daddy’s girl who’s good at striking a pose; she’s a trained spook who knows how to take on MI6 and beat them at their own game.
Catch up with Sarah on Twitter @Sarahsky23

Who I’d Haunt by Rachael Lucas

It’s Rachael Lucas’ turn to tell us who she’d haunt today, with an inspirational-sounding hauntee:

I’d like to haunt my great grandmother to see what it was like bringing up ten children on a tiny croft, living on Orkney. 
It’s so beautiful and isolated up there on the north of the mainland. In the tiny little village of Evie where they lived all the crofters’ children went to the one-class village school. I’d like to float in there and see my much-missed nanny as a bright little girl, top of her class and soaking up all the knowledge she could. 
I’d love to see how she managed to look after all ten children, too, all by herself, with her husband off fighting in the First World War. Hopefully I’d take back a few tips. My partner and I have six children between us and it’s chaos in our house. In fact, I’d quite like to bring my great grandmother’s ghost back for a few days just to spook everyone into behaving nicely…
Wow – ten children?! It makes me exhausted just thinking about it…
Rachael’s book, Sealed with a Kiss, has just come out in paperback, after being a runaway Kindle success last year:
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Kate is dumped on her best friend’s wedding day by the world’s most boring boyfriend, Ian. She’s mostly cross because he got in first – until she remembers she’s now homeless as well as jobless. Rather than move back home to her ultra-bossy mother, Kate takes a job on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor as an all-round Girl Friday. Her first day is pretty much a disaster: she falls over, smack bang at the feet of her grouchy new boss, Roddy, Laird of the Island. Unimpressed with her townie ways, he makes it clear she’s got a lot to prove.

Island life has no room for secrets, but prickly Roddy’s keeping something to himself. When his demanding ex girlfriend appears back on the island, Kate’s budding friendship with her new boss comes to an abrupt end. What is Fiona planning – and can she be stopped before it’s too late?

This funny, big-hearted novel is the perfect read for fans of Carole Matthews, Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde.

Rachael’s website is rachaellucas.com or catch her on Twitter @karamina.