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Next up in the 2008 interview series with Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades authors was author and editor Lynne Jamneck. See the Sacchi Green post for general information about the book and the interviews.

Can you talk a bit about your inspiration for "The Oath"?

I like writing about small towns; they're miniature cosmoses, and have a sense of existing within themselves, separate from the outside world. And gypsies always seem to get a bad deal, so I thought someone needed to make things right for once.

Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost?

I don't think so. Sometimes you have experiences that are difficult to explain. That's happened to me. But I am paranoid by nature and highly suggestible. Still…

What's your favourite ghost story (you can pick a movie if you prefer)?

I don't think movies do ghost stories all the justice they deserve, simply because of the medium. Most filmmakers tend to want to show too much. (Although, if I had to pick one it would be The Others with Nicole Kidman) Story wise—I prefer stories that are ambiguous in nature, such as Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. I can never make up my mind about whether the ghosts were real or if the governess was simply going off her rocker.

What are you working on now and where can readers find out more about you?

For the better part of three years I've been writing drafts and researching, building the world in which my next novel will be set. It's a bizarre blend of fantasy, science fiction and paranormal lit. I'm very excited about it. Just recently I wrote a short story based in this world of mine…and everyone wants me to now work it into a novella! But I already have to write a book! And now for the shameless plug—I have a blog, dedicated mostly to The Book at
Strickland Diaries. You can also read two excerpts from the short story there.


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