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PhotoFiction: Kirsty Ferry’s #writing inspirations @kirsty_ferry @ChocLituk #authorinterview #Romanc

Authors reveal the images that inspired 100,000 words

THIS WEEK: Kirsty Ferry

Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and writes for award-winning romance publishers Choc Lit. She has also published other novels with a North East flavour, and written a dark, Gothic fairy-tale under the name of Cathryn Ramsay. Kirsty has had short stories and articles published in magazines such as The Weekly News, Peoples Friend and It’s Fate. Her day-job is based in a converted Georgian terrace; a building with its own eclectic collection of ghosts. This often makes for an interesting working environment.


Kirsty says: “My Rossetti Mysteries series for Choc Lit was inspired by a fascination with the Pre-Raphaelite artists and the work that they produced. Not only were they incredible artists, but their skills ranged across so many disciplines, including poetry and photography, and they were such amazing individuals that I couldn’t help but want to write about them. These artists include the likes of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais – if you Google them, you are bound to recognise the paintings that come up!

When I was doing the research for my first book, Some Veil Did Fall, (that title is a line from the Rossetti poem Sudden Light, which is about reincarnation and past lives and soulmates – many of the premises in my novel) I bought a mountain of books and these are two particularly special ones. The one entitled The Pre-Raphaelites is a catalogue for a 1984 Tate Gallery, London, exhibition. In my second Rossetti Mystery novel, The Girl in the Painting, my modern-day heroine Cori has this very book. And very strange things happen to it. My third novel, The Girl in the Photograph, which is due out in spring 2017, was inspired by something I found inside this catalogue… TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE 

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