News about The Art Of Spirit Capture.

The Art Of Spirit Capture. ©Geoff Le Pard.

Good morning one and all. Today I am delighted to be hosting my good friend Geoff Le Pard.

© Geoff Le Pard.

He arrived on my doorstep looking like this. Well I had to ask him in I really could not leave him outside, what would the neighbours think.

It wasn’t so much what he was wearing, though, that threw me but more the aeriel sticking out of his head. Anyway he’d bought cake so I did what I always do in these circumstances and put the kettle on.

So Geoff, The Art Of Spirit Capture , that’s an intriguing name for a book. Knowing you the content will be as unusual as the title.

Here lets get that hat and aeriel off , it will save a lot of damage on the wood work.

Can you tell us, Geoff how did you find your Characters and the Main Protagonist for the book?

In all my fiction, character is as important as plot, at least to begin with. Eventually plot begins to take precedence so I’m sure the story hangs together and is credible. But finding my main characters is crucial and I often default to people I’ve known down the years or come across in fiction to start my hunt. 

The Art started life as a 500 word piece with one main character, the inventor of the spirit capture, Ben Wood. Logic would dictate the story followed him but I soon decided that wasn’t how I wanted to go. 

In the 500 word piece you had to be in the know to take advantage of Ben’s discovery and invention. It was something that was being kept secret, to stop Ben being overwhelmed. A sort of mutual understanding amongst the locals to keep quiet. 

It would better, I reasoned to begin the book with someone who knew nothing about the captures and their effect and have him or her discover what they were. And as is often best in fiction, put him or her in some jeopardy once the secret was revealed.

More tea vicar..I mean Geoff, it’s your dress, it is confusing me. Where did inspiration come from?

There is a Bill Forsyth film that I love. Local Hero came out in the 80s and made me fall in love with the Highlands of Scotland. It also has one of the great instrumental pieces in film, from Dire Straits, one of my favourite bands.

The lead character in Local Hero is a stressed oil executive from Texas who is dispatched to Scotland to persuade the locals of the benefits of allowing the oil industry in. He is bemused, out of his depth and beautifully played for a patsy as the locals, who want the money the oil will bring. They exploit his conviction that they will be against the exploitation. I wanted to capture a little of that confusion, that reversal of roles.

In the film there are several ‘characters’ amongst the locals and I knew I wanted to populate my community with a similar range. But also to give them differing and overlapping motivations. 

Thus Jason Hales, recently single, redundant, with his brother in a coma and now homeless became my hero. His is a journey for sure.

Well all I can say is I am looking forward to reading this!

The Art Of Spirit Capture, here is the Blurb

Jason Hales is at his lowest ebb: his brother is in a coma; his long-term partner has left him; he’s been sacked; and Christmas is round the corner to remind him how bad his life has become. 

After receiving an unexpected call telling him he’s a beneficiary of his Great Aunt Heather’s estate, he visits the town he vaguely recalls from his childhood, where his great aunt lived. Wanting to find out more, he’s soon sucked into local politics revolving around his great uncle’s extraordinary glass ornaments, his ‘Captures’, and their future. 

While trying to piece his life back together, he’ll have to confront a number of questions: What actually are these Captures and what is the mystery of the old wartime huts where his uncle fashioned them? Why is his surly neighbour so antagonistic? Can he trust anyone, especially the local doctor Owen Marsh and Charlotte Taylor, once a childhood adversary, but now the lawyer dealing with the estate? His worries pile up, with his ex in trouble, his flat rendered uninhabitable and his brother’s condition worsening. Will Christmas bring him any joy?

Set in the Sussex countryside, this is a modern novel with mystery, romance and magic at its core, as well as a smattering of hope, redemption and good cooking.

Now if you don’t know of Geoff Le Pard and his blog TanGental where have you been? Here is his information and a list of all his fabulous books and where to buy them.

Geoff Le Pard started writing to entertain in 2006. He hasn’t left his keyboard since. When he’s not churning out novels he writes some maudlin self-indulgent poetry, short fiction and blogs at geofflepard.com. He walks the dog for mutual inspiration and most of his best ideas come out of these strolls. He also cooks with passion if not precision.

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So you are off now, are you Geoff it was so much fun to have visit and tell us all about the new book.

You can buy it here

Hang on Geoff you’ve left a strange looking jar in my kitchen. GEOFF! GEOFF!!

38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Oct 20, 2021 @ 05:10:26

    I’m looking forward to reading this one, soon, too, Sis! 💜

    Reply

  2. TanGental
    Oct 20, 2021 @ 07:05:06

    Thank you for the tea. I have no idea how I snagged the aerial. I hope I’ve not destroyed everyone’s mobile reception..

    Reply

  3. John W. Howell
    Oct 20, 2021 @ 14:03:24

    Super launch announcement Willow. Congrats to Geoff.

    Reply

  4. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Oct 20, 2021 @ 15:34:17

    Our Geoff is prolific how does he do it? Congratulations and much success. Marje x

    Reply

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