April 30, 2014
Last fall we spoke with Sarah Rayne via Skype about her books and the major themes and images that run through them. Among other things, we discussed the importance of music to her novels. Ghost Song, for example, was inspired by Edwardian music hall, and there is an eerie music that plays through What Lies Beneath, her latest book to be published by Felony & Mayhem (the book is shipping from the printer next week, but you can preorder it right now on the book page!). In this excerpt from the interview, Rayne talks about the inspiration for What Lies Beneath, including Oliver Goldsmith’s “The Deserted Village,” and an obscure opera based on the poem, with music by J.W. Glover.
Want more Sarah Rayne? Here she is talking about Ghost Song:
And about scary things (which she should know something about, having written some truly suspenseful books):