Interview! THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL by Marie Treanor

by Marie Treanor

The Dead of Haggard Hall

Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter.

Darke of Night, Book 1

After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.

Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest-both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.

It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.

But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick-the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.

Warning: Contains a medium whose body is open season for spirit possession, and a scandal-ridden journalist who only believes what he can see-and touch.


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Please tell us about your novel.

The Dead of Haggard Hall is a sensual historical Gothic paranormal romance J. It’s the first in a Gothic series called Darke of Night, surrounding the medium Barbara Darke, who’s the heroine of the first book. When Barbara goes to Haggard Hall – an ancient, Gothic pile in the wilds of Yorkshire – to help her former pupil Emily, now the lady of the Hall, she has to deal with physical threats to Emily’s life, malevolent spirits, and the temptations presented by the skeptical, deeply troubled and dangerously attractive Patrick Haggard.


How did you research your novel, if applicable?

Well, it’s set in a period I’d already researched for an earlier project, so mostly it was just quick look ups – such as words that may not have been in use at the time. But my book concentrates on more on the romance, the Gothic atmosphere and the paranormal, rather than the history, and those things are my own imagination.


Where can readers find you online?

On my website:

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When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?

Sometimes, if I write the problem down in detail, it all becomes clear. Other times that doesn’t work, so I leave it alone for a while and do something else, then try again. Some kind of solution always turns up in the end!


Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?

My husband :). For many reasons! Because he always stands by me and the kids, because he’s my best friend and makes me laugh. Because lots of things!


Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?

Together in the same book? Hmm, I find new ones all the time! Maybe Eve Dallas and Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series.


Are you character or plot driven? Why?

Largely character driven. The plot grows out of the characters. Either the hero or heroine come to me first and then I imagine who they might fall in love with, and the story generally grows from that in some way. But every story is different!


How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?

Both J. It’s a wonderful way to meet and keep up with readers and fellow authors, and to spread the word about books. But it’s also a distraction, even a drain on writing time.


What are the first five titles on your kindle?

Murder in Grosvenor Square by Ashley Gardner

The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

The Detective’s Dilemma by Kate Rothwell

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (the sequel to the Millennium trilogy)

Cold in the Shadows by Toni Anderson


Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?

Hopefully on the bestseller lists! :). But whatever, I’ll still be writing! I have new series planned, and additions to make to existing ones. I might even try a completely new genre, rather than mixing them up in paranormal romance!


How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?

More than I can count, and crowded :). We have bookshelves in every room, some with beautiful looking books, others with tatty, well-thumbed volumes.


If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?

I like that there are no up front costs to traditional publishing; and I definitely like the New York advance! But I also like the freedom of indie publishing to choose what book I want to write, when I want to publish it and with what cover.


What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?

I’d say make sure you listen to the advice of people you trust, and don’t scimp on editing etc. Although authors no longer need publishers in the traditional sense, we still need to learn our craft, listen to opinions and make our books as good as they can be.


What do you find inspiring?

As a writer? Just about anything! Ideas come to me from a face in a crowd, from a glimpsed headline, from books or tv programmes that get me thinking. As a human being? People who just quietly help other people from kindness.


Do you have a favorite charity?

Not really. There are so many deserving causes, so much vital work being done in so many important areas – I prefer to spread my favour 🙂


Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?

Finish the book! And the tv box set :). (Actually, I don’t know and hope I never do!)

Marie Treanor

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband, three much-too-smart children and a small puppy who rules them all. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and urban fantasy – with a bit of science fiction and time travel thrown in.

Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published. Since childhood, she has always written stories, at first secretly and for her own amusement, later with more serious intention to earn a living by writing. After working as a researcher and a librarian, she was lucky enough to have her first romances, GHOST UNLAID and QUEEN’S GAMBIT, immediately accepted by an e-publisher in 2004. Since then, she has published continuously, most notably with NAL, Samhain, Changeling Press, Ellora’s Cave and The Wild Rose Press. She now writes full time.

In 2010, she made her New York publishing debut with BLOOD ON SILK, first of the award winning Awakened by Blood vampire romance trilogy. Reviewers have described her undead anti-hero Saloman as the best vampire in the genre. Most recently, she has been trying her hand at self-publishing, with three new paranormal romance series, Serafina’s, The Gifted, and Blood Hunters (a sequel series to Awakened by Blood).

When not writing, Marie can generally be found among the chaos of her family, or walking the dog on the beach in all weathers. She loves to travel and meet new people. – See more at:



One Response to Interview! THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL
by Marie Treanor

  1. Marie Treanor says:

    Many thanks for the fun interview! Lovely to be here 🙂

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