Please welcome author Tanith Davenport to the blog today. So happy to have here stop by.
Developing a Ghost
When I first began planning Sleepwalker, I had just two characters in mind – my sleepwalking heroine, Tally, and my hot hero Kyle. However, as the story developed, it became clear that a third character was required – the Blue Lady, my matchmaking ghost.
Sleepwalker is set in the haunted Madigan Hall, which is partially inspired by a real location and partially by episodes of Most Haunted. Every ancient hall and medieval castle seems to have its own ghost, usually with a tragic backstory involving murder, suicide or loss: the lady of the house who lost her child, the daughter who threw herself to her death, the maid who was murdered to conceal her pregnancy by his lordship. The Blue Lady was no exception, although I gave it a slight twist in that she isn’t Madigan Hall’s most famous ghost. When Tally and the other guests come to the Hall for their annual Paranormal Evening, they’re expecting to see the White Lady. The Blue Lady is a complete surprise.
As is her motivation. But I’ll keep that part secret. Let’s just say she is a helpful matchmaker, a trait which initially developed from the image I had in my head of a sleepwalker gradually waking up to find a ghost leading her by the hand. I don’t know about you, but that would scare the life out of me.
Not to mention what she does to make sure Tally doesn’t escape without doing what she wants. The Blue Lady knows what’s best for her, even if Tally doesn’t.
It’s not the first time I’ve written a matchmaking ghost, and I suspect it won’t be the last. Developing a ghostly character and planning their interactions with the living is great fun – I just hope it’s equally entertaining to read!