Introducing Irene Lofthouse
- #IndieBookBanter today welcomes our storytelling Indie Author Irene Lofthouse. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and the best place for us to find out more.
Eyup, Irene Lofthouse here from Bradford, by way of Ireland (mum) & Lancashire (dad), which is really helpful when creating characters and voices. I’ve always liked spooky tales and told them in the playground at school, so it’s no surprise that my children’s collections are in this vein. However, I also write a lot of comedic scripts, as well as stories inspired by history. Some of my favourite places to write are no more as town centres change and cafes close; so instead I’ve built a Cabane d’Histoires in my back garden where I can hide from the rain, with dog at foot and watch the blue tits building their nest whilst I’m writing. I’m essentially a very lazy person and would rather read all day than write, so I have to have deadlines or nothing gets written or done.
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2. Briefly tell us about your work in progress, what are you planning next?
I’m currently working on book 3 in my children’s series, Strange Tales in Calderdale – re-tellings and re-imaginings of local myths and legends with some original stories. Capt Red Hand’s Adventures, which has been three years in the making is progressing – pirates, sea monsters, sirens and a dog with a nose for treasure. Also my one-woman show Words, Women & War: Forgotten Female Voices of The Great War, which I’ll be touring late 2017/2018 and which I hope to develop into a book – and I have some smaller anthology projects in the pipeline.
3. What was the most unusual source of inspiration for any of your books?
As I’m mainly a short story writer, I’ll share two. One is an old turnpike mounting block which features in The Phantom Coach. There are several of these on the main roads where I live and people walk and drive past them all the time, never noticing them now. The other was for Under a Northern Sky with 26.org which twinned a railway station with a Nick Drake song: I had to write a creative response that linked them together. This became Betty the Beautiful. Check it out by clicking the train ticket below:
4. Who was your favourite character to write about?
I don’t think I’ve got a favourite yet, as they all have something different about them. Having said that, Snapper, the dog with a nose for treasure in Capt Red Hand’s Adventures is shaping up to be a quirky character who I’d want to spend time with.
5. Finally you are invited on a mission to a New World (unfortunately you cannot take any members of your family, friends or pets). Please tell us:-
a) Your favourite fictional character to accompany you?
So many to choose from. Probably Tobermory the talking cat from Saki’s collection of short stories.
b) Your favourite book?
I don’t have a favourite. But perhaps a bumper collection of Saki, MR James & Chaucer
c) Your favourite song?
I don’t have a favourite. Maybe ‘Now this is what I call Music 1960-2000’????
d) Your favourite food & drink to take with you (we don’t know what will be available on the New World).
Wine, cafe au lait, roasted med veg, water, date and walnut bread, cheese
e) Finally, tell us the one (Yes, that is just ONE) item you cannot live without?
Music to bop to
Here is are Irene’s books with a short description:-
Strange Tales in the Dales: aimed at 7-12s £5.99
Open the pages and walk with twins Georgie and Joe as time shifts, gryphons fly and gargoyles come to life. Travel on the new railway with Jack and the ghost. Ride with the headless horseman as he takes revenge on the crabbit old landlady. Listen to Nan’s story of the housekeeper who doesn’t know she’s dead. Join Jenna in the Dales as she meets the spectral hound. Journey with Joseph to discover a haunting in the big house.
Strange Tales in Bradford Dale: aimed at 7-12s £7.99
Travel with Darren and Chel as they try to escape from a phantom carriage and its grisly driver. Will Ranulf and Aleycia kill the last wild ravaging boar of Bradford? Meet the boggart in the beck. Are the group of ghoulish theatre spirits friendly? Why does Royalty paddle in the park? Can a trio of friends unravel the sphinxes’ riddle before sunset? Discover the secret of the Celtic carved head.
COMING SOON Strange Tales in Calderdale: aimed at 7-12s £7.99
Murders, mysteries and mayhem; ghosts, ghouls and goblins; spirits, spectres and suspense. Stories to shake the senses, tales to tantalise. Myths, legends and new takes on old favourites.
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