Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter expands the original text of Charles Dicken’s classic with all-new scenes of malicious ghosts, soul devouring wraiths, deadly doppelgangers and other terrors from the netherworld. Our story opens seven years after Marley’s violent death. Ebenezer Scrooge has given up ghost hunting and embraced an inevitable slow death by alcohol poisoning. When the spectre of his deceased partner appears to him on Christmas Eve, Scrooge learns that he must face three Ghosts – one who will try to help him, one who will try to harm him and one that cannot be killed.
In a story that spans a lifetime of torment, Scrooge must face the demons of his past and his failures in the present in order to prevent the horror that is his future. The stakes for Scrooge’s soul have never been higher than in this wicked retelling of the classic, A Christmas Carol.
Interview with Jaqueline Kyle
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m an adventure addict. I love to travel and push out of my comfort zone. I’ve bungee jumped, ran a marathon, and started a business. I’m always looking for challenges so I can overcome them. Particularly if they scare me. Writing fiction, soliciting reviews, opening myself up to criticism? That’s the current challenge!
When did you begin writing?
I’ve always written. I won a writing award in first grade when I could hardly hold a pencil. It was a gruesome little story for a six year old. It followed a litter of kittens escaping being drowned by a farmer and striking out to find their new homes. I illustrated it with crayons. Thankfully I no longer illustrate my own books!
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
It’s called Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter and it’s a retelling of A Christmas Carol. The story is still about redemption, but Scrooge has different motivations and social hang ups. Plus there’s scary supernatural stuff. It was a delightful project because there are so many ghosts and creepy things in the original text! I think most readers will have trouble picking out where Dickens’ prose ends and mine begins.
How did you get the idea for the book?
I was wandering around a Dickens Fair (like a Renaissance Fair but set in the streets of London circa 1850). They were performing scenes from A Christmas Carol out in the crowd. When the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appeared, a woman was blocking the path for the performer, so he stood silent as death behind her. When someone finally nudged her, she turned and screamed bloody murder. It was fantastic. I went home thinking that A Christmas Carol was still very relevant today.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
The Ghost of Christmas Present is particularly sinister. He was the most challenging to write because in the original, he’s jovial and almost carefree. Re-reading the book now, he’s definitely become my favorite.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Retelling a beloved classic has peculiar challenges. How do you respect the characters and original author, but bring something new to the table? It’s rather presumptive to re-write Dickens – he’s amazing. I overcame the issue by sticking with the original style of tone and prose. That way the new content surprises and delights the reader and respects the legacy.
What is your primary goal as an author?
To write a good story. Writing makes me ridiculously happy. If I can tell a good story that other people enjoy, it just completes this circle of happiness.
What projects are you currently working on?
I started a community for aspiring writers and indie authors called Wordingly. I’ve spent the majority of my time lately creating how-to manuals and video tutorials for everything from ebook layout to marketing techniques. There’s such a learning curve when you’re trying to get your first book out. Wordingly is a collection of courses, best practices and community to help tear down that barrier.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Write the best story that you can. Most aspiring writers get scared of what people will think. They panic and stop writing. They self-sabotage the publishing process. Embrace the fear and do it anyway!
Jaqueline Kyle once stood on top of an active nuclear reactor. It glowed. She dove the Great Barrier Reef and the fish swarmed to check HER out. On her 16th birthday she flew a plane solo – just to enjoy the view. She once ran a marathon – because it was faster than walking. When she bungee jumps, she always goes first, so her friends can jump off the bridge after her. Jaqueline Kyle is not the most interesting man in the world – because she’s a woman.
Connect with Jaqueline Kyle
Video Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBYf_bmpQN4
Twitter (Scrooge): https://twitter.com/ScroogeGH
Twitter (me): https://twitter.com/YesSumClever