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ee159903efee7f81ff0da03284dd2706I’ve never meant to write Ghost Trilogy.
When I started toying around with this project, it was merely meant to be a short story. I wanted to write a story set in a speakeasy (I’ve always liked old black and white movies and all that setting) with supernatural elements. I toyed around with a few ideas for a few weeks, having in mind a main character with supernatural characteristics. Nothing seemed to work.
Then one day, I don’t even know how it happened, I discovered this character had a brother.
It just clicked. All elements went into place and I started creating more and more threads, until eventually I understood that was not a short story anymore, but probably a whole set of short stories.

As it often happens, I just toyed with the story in my head for a long time. In the end I decided I had to write these characters down and see whether they worked on the page as well as they worked in my head. That’s always an awkward moment, you know, when the characters take life on the story.
I was learning a lot of things about the period and the place, so that was a bit scary too, but I thought, just try write them, and see.
I decided to go easy, to write how my two main characters met one of the major supporting female characters in my project as I saw it at the time. It turned out to be very easy. I fell in love with these characters right away, worst than I was when I just thought about them. I just loved writing them.
This was a short story. Honestly, I thought about Give In to the Feeling  more as a characters’ study then a true story – although it was received quite nicely on the workshop.
Next I thought, fine, I tested the characters, let’s test the setting.

1655ce7e75e924706dfed0121dc18fb9I wanted a story happening in the speakeasy I thought about from the beginning. So I thought I could write about how my main characters ended up in there. Because I was thinking about turning the main project into a series of short stories, I thought I could test that too.
So this was the idea: write a trilogy of short stories set in my speakeasy. And what better chance to do that if not during NaNoWriMo? I thought I’d write a detailed synopsis of each story and then started writing the actual story so to reach the 50k words of the challenge.

It didn’t exactly happen that way.

I realised something wasn’t going the way I planned it when the first synopsis ended up at 22k words. The second synopsis went along as a synopsis for another 15k words, then I switched to first draft mode. Ended up at 45k words. The third novel was written as a first draft right away, which ended up at 150k words. Four months after NaNoWriMo I had the skeleton of my entire story written down and it had just exploded in my hands.

Ghost Trilogy didn’t want to be a test. It wanted to be a trilogy of novels.

Ghostly Smell Around
A Restless Soul Is Poking
Breaking the Walls

The trilogy is complete, although the three novels are at different stages of revision. I’m currently working at the final revision of the first book.


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  • J.H. Moncrieff
    Posted March 31, 2015 at 23:07

    They sound like great books. I can’t wait to read them! Have you ever considered setting a ghost story in Italy? I love anything to do with Italy, and you have a native’s perspective.

  • Post Author
    Posted April 1, 2015 at 05:53

    Hi and thanks for stopping by. I’m happy you like the idea :-)

    I have this ghost of an ideas bouncing around my head of a dieselpunk story set in the Twenteis in Europe with an Italian main character. Too early to say anything about it, but I’m really fond of the character, so I hope I’ll come up with a good idea for her :-)

  • Sue Coletta
    Posted May 16, 2015 at 15:41

    Love when ideas spring to life. Good luck with the trilogy. They sound great!

    • Post Author
      Posted May 16, 2015 at 15:47

      Hey, thanks Sue :-)
      I’m shopping the first novel around these days. Let’s see whether something good comes from it.

  • EKCarmel
    Posted December 4, 2015 at 12:28

    This sounds like a fantastic trilogy. The Twenties with the flappers and speakeasies is such an interesting time period and I’m a sucker for ghosts, too. I would love to read it when it’s published.

    • Post Author
      Posted December 4, 2015 at 15:13

      Hi there and thanks for stopping by. I’m especially happy to hear you’re interested in my story ;-)

      I’ve finished the first novel and I’m in the process of seeking representation. But in the meanwhile, I’ll be probably self-publish a novelette with the same MCs next Spring.
      Still working on it, but hope to make it.

  • Sharon Himsl
    Posted December 8, 2015 at 21:24

    Hi Sarah. The trilogy sounds great! Good luck with the final details. I agree that Italian characters and settings would be interesting for future books. You live in Italy, but most of us (I assume) don’t :)

    • Post Author
      Posted December 9, 2015 at 17:51

      Hi Sharon and thanks for stopping by.
      The idea with the Italian character is driving me mad. I just have very ethereal ideas about it and still I feel like the story is there, waiting for me. You know, that sensation.
      I will get it, sooner or later.

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