When Sophie is called to the reading of Daphne’s Will, she is given a pair of glasses that will change her life. But that’s not all she acquires. Along with the glasses, Sophie ‘inherits’ a protector—the handsome and powerful Lukas Lens; plus brooding Detective Murdoch Ashcroft who is keen for Sophie to fill her aunt’s shoes and put her talents to work for him.
Sophie has to decide if she will focus on her acting career or explore her new-found clairvoyant skills. But danger lurks around the corner…
It’s about Sophie Carell who wants to be a film star. She auditions and has some small roles but she isn’t getting ahead in her career. Her best friend Lucy is a model and is getting regular work. Sophie’s great aunt, Daphne, is a renowned psychic and all her life, she predicts Sophie will follow in her footsteps. Sophie doesn’t want to know about it, but when Daphne dies, she inherits some special glasses with a power of their own, a long family history and two very interesting men—a protector, the handsome and powerful Lukas Lens, and brooding Detective Murdoch Ashcroft who is keen for Sophie to fill her aunt’s shoes and put her talents to work for the police service. She has some big decisions to make.
Q: If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead characters?I often have images of the characters in my head when I write them, so here’s my cast list:
Sophie: Jennifer Lawrence
Lucy: Emma Stone or Nina Dobrev
Orli: Dakota Fanning or Amanda Seyfried
Lukas: Robert Pattinson maybe … or Liam Hemsworth (a bit of Australian bias there)
Murdoch: Zac Efron or Taylor Lautner or Evan Ross
Daniel: Colton Haynes or Alex Pettyfer or Chase Crawford
Q: What project are you currently working on?It’s a year of firsts—The Clairvoyant’s Glasses is my first paranormal novel and I’ve just finished working on my first YA novel Ophelia, adrift. Both books are part of two-book series so I’ve got to get to work on book two! I’m half way through the second Ophelia book which is called Ophelia, aground.
Q: What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?In The Clairvoyant’s Glasses, neither Lucy nor Sophie is like me, but there’s a bit of me in both of their emotions. Lucy is a bit naive, especially for a model and she hasn’t always had successful relationships. Sophie is confident but is a bit lost… she isn’t getting where she wants to go quick enough for her liking. I think the NA audience will relate!
Q: Do you plot your stories or just sit down and write?I’ll have an idea of the bones of the story and then I let it roll out. A couple of times I have sat down and planned the book, the plot, timeline and characters, but then I have found it hard to write because it was prescriptive. So in most cases, as I did with The Clairvoyant’s Glasses, I let it flow. I have to tell you, sometimes my characters really surprise. Something I just don’t see things coming. ☺
Q: Do you read your reviews?I love this question because I don’t think readers and reviewers realise the impact they can have on an author. I get reviews from NetGalley, Amazon and Goodreads and the positive reviews are really heartening. They give you a lift and make you feel like you are doing something right. I’ve had some gracious negative reviews too, and I understand not everyone is going to love your book, but the nasty ones do sting. You have to develop a bit of a thick skin, if possible.
Q: Did you do a lot of research of The Clairvoyant’s Glasses?I did actually. I wanted to be sure I was a little faithful to the genre and some of the psychic cases mentioned, like the Tichborne Affair, are based on true events.
Q: What inspired this book?I went to a psychic and she asked to hold something that was important to me. I gave her my wristwatch which was a gift from Mum. Then I began thinking ‘what if psychic power could be transferred by an object?’ That got me thinking about psychic talent being handed down from generation to generation. I was also terrified by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, when I was a kid. My sister and I were babysitting our two younger siblings and we were up late watching it one night. I love birds, but they’ve always freaked me out just a little. They play a significant role in The Clairvoyant’s Glasses.
Q: Did a psychic ever tell you anything that changed your life?
Yes, sort of but I didn’t act on it. I was engaged at the time when I had a reading and she told me that the man I was marrying would not be my great love. Another was to come. What do you do with that?
Q: Who are the main male characters and why will we love them?
There are three delicious men in The Clairvoyant’s Glasses. Lukas the protector is tall, sophisticated, handsome (of course) and a powerful witch. Murdoch the police officer is the opposite—dark of feature, brooding, well-built and sure of himself. I’ve also included a very cocky Irish Journalist, Daniel who is sporty, boyish and trouble. Personally, I’m torn between Lucas and Murdoch.
Q: Sophie, the lead character, has a core set of friends and many of your characters receive support from friends but have little family. Is that intentional?
To some degree. Many people aren’t blessed with a good family or don’t have the network of family like our parents or grandparents did. So our friendships become family. Sophie is very much supported by the people around her, who stick by her even when she is ‘all about Sophie’.
Q: One of your lead men, Lukas, had a bad childhood but he is the man he is today because of his grandfather. Did you research abandonment issues to flesh out his character?I have studied psychology and I am fascinated by how our world influences our personalities and actions. Lukas’s situation was sad; he was orphaned as a teenager, so you understand why he is frightened to love too much. But his cousin Orli and his grandfather work at teaching him trust.
Q:You talk about generational grudges and protection in your book. Is this based on the traditional battle between good and evil?
I guess it is in a way. In fantasy and fairytales there’s always been good and evil—the good witch, the bad witch, etc. But in The Clairvoyant’s Glasses, I think you can empathise with the baddies a little because the curse was earned. You can understand why the ‘curse’ was placed.
Q: What's coming up next for you?So many stories, so little time. I’m keen to get back to writing the next Mitchell Parker book—my vulnerable and sexy FBI agent. But I’m at proofing stage with a psychological thriller at the moment. Plus I am halfway through writing my second YA book, Ophelia, aground and I’ve got to start book two in The Clairvoyant’s Glasses series.
Q: Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in this book? If there is, I think it is about the importance of having people and pets in our lives. Not just family, but friends and support networks. Also, to remember that nothing is black and white… lives are complex and sometimes we have to allow for a little grey!