Cat is inexplicably drawn to a beautiful mansion where she is seduced into the world of modern witchcraft. Upon discovering a witch’s journal, Cat anchors her mind to the summer of 1940 where she witnesses events that lead to a secret occultist ritual. Plagued by the paranormal happenenings of the house and the desperate whispers of a long-dead girl, can Cat piece together a series clues to prevent a repeat of the disastrous ritual? What terrible price must be paid to stop it happening again? This time, on a devastating scale, engineered for the twenty- first century...
Emily Sadovna: Where I Write
When I started writing The Haunting of Violet Gray seven years ago, I lived in a house on the cusp of the New Forest, a short journey from Burley - a village synonymous with witches in fact. I began writing The Haunting of Violet Gray whilst pregnant with my first daughter, sitting at my desk with my windows flung open, so the scent of fallen apples and bonfires could drift in along with the buttery autumn light.
Since moving, I mainly write in my garden room - at the kitchen table. My writing desk shares its space with dinner, homework and various arts and crafts. When I completed the final chapters of The Haunting of Violet Gray, jasmine and honeysuckle plants were creeping in through the open windows. I love my slightly overgrown wild garden which is bursting with herbs for cooking and medicine, roses and trees. I am lucky to live close to the forest so the environment sets my imagination on fire.
When writing, I tend to sketch out a rough outline, starting with some spider diagrams and then a flow chart of the key moments. I then write directly onto my Windows Surface.
Parts of the book of which I most proud of actually came into fruition whilst I was staying in a shepherd’s hut on the edge of New Forest moorland during a freezing January.
I was gifted with a weekend stay for Christmas and I have been back there around four times since. I go alone, so the time for writing was precious. At home I was teaching part time and raising two young children and struggling to stay on top of day to day chores and squeezed writing in whenever I had a spare moment. When I was in the shepherd’s hut, I was there to write. I think the first time I went, I wrote until around 2 or 3am. I didn’t sleep very much either as I was also researching possible apocalyptical consequences for raising a second cone of power and scared myself silly in the process. The second time, I found myself weeping like a baby after writing a particularly sad section of the book. In the shepherd’s hut, I was able to fully immerse myself in the world of Violet Gray. I am chomping at the bit to go back and make some headway with the sequel.
Thank you so much for reading - happy reading, or writing!
Born in Essex, Emily Sadovna grew up near Oxford. Trained in fashion journalism, Emily’s career began as a window dresser and freelance stylist. Later, Emily launched her own deli and catering business and learnt the art of chocolate making. She went on to qualify as a food and nutrition teacher at a secondary school and now teaches primary school children to cook in afterschool clubs.
Emily’s pen name originates from her Polish grandfather. Her imagination derives from a line of formidable women all with wonderful stories to tell. She lives with her husband and their two daughters on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. The Haunting of Violet Gray is her first novel. www.emilysadovna.com