Extras

Silence for the Dead – Behind the Scenes

Here’s my behind the scenes glimpse into Silence for the Dead. No spoilers, I promise! What research did you do into the hospitals for shell-shocked veterans of the time? Here’s a fact: Very little was written during the post-World War I era about the interior workings of hospitals for the mentally ill. This in itself […]

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Silence For the Dead – Excerpt

Silence For the Dead – Excerpt by Simone St. James Chapter One England, 1919 Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself only as a long, low shadow. I leaned my temple against the window of the motorcar and tried to make it out in the fading light. The driver watched me […]

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An Inquiry Into Love and Death – Behind the Scenes

Here’s a look behind the scenes of An Inquiry Into Love and Death. No spoilers, I promise! Is Rothewell a real place? Only if you live in my imagination. Rothewell was inspired by two different English towns: Clovelly, in Devon, which is built on a steep cliffside and makes no claims to being haunted whatsoever; […]

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The Haunting of Maddy Clare – Behind the Scenes

Here are a few behind the scenes tidbits from the creation of THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE. No spoilers, I promise! Did you base the characters on anyone in particular? Lots of authors have visual ideas – usually actors or actresses – in mind when they create characters, but in this case I didn’t. Halfway […]

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For Book Clubs

Want to discuss any of Simone’s books in your book club? Find book club questions and suggestions here. You can also contact Simone to see if she is available by phone, by Skype, or in person for your book club or event. If she can’t make it in person, she may be able to send […]

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An Inquiry Into Love and Death – Excerpt

An Inquiry Into Love and Death – Excerpt By Simone St. James Chapter One My uncle Toby died of a broken neck in the autumn of 1924, just as I was starting the Michaelmas term at Oxford. I was pulled from the back of the lecture hall by a pimpled assistant in thick Mary Janes […]

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The Haunting of Maddy Clare

The Haunting of Maddy Clare – Excerpt

The Haunting of Maddy Clare – Excerpt by Simone St. James Chapter One London, 1922 The day I met Mr. Gellis, I had been walking in the rain. In the morning, unable to face another day alone in my flat, I wandered through the bustle of Piccadilly, the collar of my thin coat pulled high […]

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