The first inspiration for Ghost Light Killer came from this dance choreography from the brilliant Travis Wall on So You Think You Can Dance. It introduced me to the concept of ghost lights within the theatre world something I’d never heard about.
The idea of lights being left on stage to greet or fend off ghosts is intriguing.
In general, I have mixed thoughts about ghosts and paranormal stuff. I’m not entirely convinced in the concept. Yet, I’ve had strange experiences that I can’t explain.
As a child, there were lights that used to go up the stairs into my bedroom. They’d reach my room and I’d toss and turn. My parents claim it happened several times.
There are loads of ghost stories from the West End.
Before I write any book (and particularly when starting a new series,) I fill out several pages of character notes for the main characters. It includes two pages of questions along with one for details about their friends and families.
One section involving personal appearance includes tattoos.
Tattoos, I feel, can tell you a lot about a person. For Osian and Dannel, they definitely tell a story about them. I didn’t see them as people who’d get random ones without there being a meaning behind them.
Even if the meaning might be silly to some people.
So, what are there tattoos?
First? Osian and Dannel have the same tattoo inked on their ankles. A jam-covered toast with a smiley face and a little heart. It’s the tattoo they’ve had the longest.
The rest of their tattoos are more personal to each of them. Osian has two gaming related tattoos—one for a PlayStation controller and the other from the game Assassin’s creed. Dannel’s main tattoo is one connected to being a firefighter.
They’ve both considered getting other tattoos but haven’t made the decision yet. I’m sure at some point they’d get one connected to musicals or true crime since that’s their joint passions.
As for me personally? I don’t have any tattoos. I’m absolutely terrified of needles. I’ve always wanted to get one but can’t see myself being able to get through the experience.
Osian and Dannel have an epic setup. They live in a building owned by Danny’s family–so no rent. They do have to keep an eye on their neighbour’s and help clean up. All things considered, they’ve got the best of everything.
So what do I love about it?
There is an eclectic group of people who live in the apartment building. Ian is probably my favourite secondary character. He’s a riot.
They live in Covent Garden and have a colourful and eclectic view out the window.
The apartment building was built in the 40s…and looks like it. It’s lovely. Check out my Pinterest for the visual reference I used.