About the Book
As a child, Laura Brady was sent to live with relatives in Burlington, Ontario. Her family in Ireland was never discussed and no explanation was ever given as to why she had been abandoned by them. Now a successful author, Laura is informed that her biological mother is dying, and she travels back in search of answers. She arrives in the rural Irish town of Drumasheen and attempts to establish her own history but in doing so, she learns of a dark force within the family.
About the Author
Bill Bradshaw wrote the best selling novels ‘From the Horses Mouth – A Jailers Tale’ in 2005 and, more recently, Hello Welcome which won a Book of the Month award in Los Angeles and a Book of the Year award in 2018. He wrote, produced and directed the multi-award winning short film ‘The Long Night Followed’ which earned him a Best Writer award at the TOFF International Film Festival in New York. His current book, Delphine, has already secured two awards and has been adapted to a screenplay that won Best Feature Screenplay at The Genre Celebration Festival in Tokyo, Best Feature Screenplay at DeadFest in Estonia and was awarded ‘Fear of the Year’ at The Festival for Horror in Toronto. He lives on the west coast of Ireland where he scribbles and drinks spiced rum. He is working on a new book.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Delphine tells the story of Laura Brady who grew up, for most of her life, raised by cousins in Burlington, Ontario. She knows that she was born in Ireland and that she stayed with her mother for 3yrs before she was given away. The family in Canada had always refused to discuss what happened and Laura had always felt a disconnection to the world around her. Now, at 50, Laura is a successful author awaiting the launch of her new book when she is contacted by a retirement home in Ireland. They tell her that an old lady who had lived alone in a rambling old house had been taken into care and had listed Laura as next of kin. The old lady is dying so Laura puts the book launch on hold to travel back and in search of answers while there is still time. Delphine is about what happens when she arrives in Ireland and uncovers a history that is darker than anything she could ever imagine.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
Delphine should appeal to anyone who enjoys a well layered ghost story, a horror novel with a deep and dark history as opposed to something that’s shocking just for the sake of it. If you want to get immersed in a story, then this is the book for you.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
My favorite books are The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, The Omen by David Seltzer and IT by Stephen King. I think I like those books because they deal with more mature themes and featured more mature characters…real people who had lived real lives. When I sat down to write Delphine, it was important to me that I could say the same thing about my story.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
I would say be true to your own work and don’t be swayed by peoples opinion. In the writing process, it’s common for people to say ‘Well…if it was me, I’d have approached that differently.’ or ‘I think it would be great if you did this.’ Remember, it’s perfectly okay to do rewrites and to draft your story in another way as new ideas will create other paths but make sure you walk those paths alone or you’re just writing to order. An artist would never hand out brushes for others to daub their canvas and neither should a writer. Other than you, the only person who has a say is your editor.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
My publisher, Maester Press, have a Facebook page and there’s a website under construction. If anyone wants to contact me, they can do so on firstname.lastname@example.org