Welcome to the Blog Tour for Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Midnight on the River Grey
Author: Abigail Wilson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Genre: Historical Suspense/Gothic Romance
She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .
After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.
Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.
Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?
Q & A with Abigail Wilson
I was very happy to be able to connect with Ms. Wilson and interview her about her newest book (which looks amazing, don’t you agree?) and life and reading. So, without further ado, here is the interview:
What books are you currently enjoying?
I am currently reading Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard, which is fantastic! A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter is next up
Who are your top 5 authors that you would recommend to anyone and everyone?
It is so hard to narrow it down to five! Julie Klassen is my go to for Regency romance with Sarah Ladd and Michelle Griep right behind. Rachel McMillan writes some fantastic mysteries. Georgette Heyer and Patricia Veryan are still my all-time favorites!
When entering a bookstore, which section do you head to first?
I usually head first to Christian fiction (historicals) then swing back by the mystery section.
Did you read a lot when you were a child? If so, what’s your favorite childhood memory involving books?
My mother is a retired librarian so my childhood was filled with books. I still remember going to the children’s section at the Phoenix Public library and what the carpet looked like. We also read as a family almost every night. I grew up fascinated with Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Prydain. When I was a little older, the first time I read Daphne du Maurier’s book, Rebecca, I knew I would never be the same. Love and mystery, I’d never read anything like it.
How do you go about researching for your novels?
I have a few great books I’ve acquired over the years that I use for Regency era specifics, particularly with household descriptions of servants and duties as well as furniture and architectural designs. I usually find a manor house in England to loosely base my fictional house on. My critique partner found me a fantastic book in an antique shop that has all kinds of interesting information. The internet is also a great tool. I enjoy looking at different fashion plates from magazines from the time period for accurate descriptions of clothing. There are so many wonderful Regency writers who share their research online.
What made you want to write historical fiction novels?
I was an avid reader before I was a writer, and I’ve always loved historical fiction, particularly Regency era stories. So, it was only natural to start writing in that genre. They say to write what you know. Well, I’ve lived in Regency England in my imagination for so many years. It feels like home.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what are your go-to songs?
I don’t generally listen to music while writing, but I do listen in the car where I do quite a bit of plotting. One song that I replayed while working through the intricacies of the romance was “No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses. It has such a thinking beat and interesting lyrics.
Where did you get your inspiration for this story?
Inspired by the traditional Gothic mysteries of the 1960’s and 1970’s, I was thrilled to get the chance to write a story that is as mysterious as it is complicated by the heart—a mystery to keep the reader turning the pages all while falling in love alongside the heroine.
What do you want readers to take away from Midnight on the River Grey?
At the heart of Midnight on the River Grey lies the promise of hope, that even in our darkest moments, strength of character still matters, and in the end, the truth will set you free. I would love for readers to take away a sense of encouragement as well as an uplifted heart.
What are some of your favorite quotes from Midnight on the River Grey?
“I followed the curious intensity behind those dark blue eyes and the moment his gaze changed. Suddenly, my world felt terribly small, like I’d experienced merely a handful of what it had to offer.”
“Grief had taken many forms with me. Numbness with my father. The slow insipid acceptance with my mother. Shock with Jacob. It was an ever-changing process of finding a way to move on. But the one thing I would never let go of—my resolution to find the truth.”
“I watched him vacate the townhouse with the satisfaction that in a way I’d managed to get just what I’d hoped for—a chance to investigate Jacob’s death. Yet somehow the look on Mr. Browning’s face as he took his leave left me cold—the wry bend to his black brows, the piercing yet lingering gaze. Had I just bartered what was left of my future with the devil himself?”
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about Ms. Wilson and her book as much as I did!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book.
In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.
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