Nicknamed ‘the Shadow Reader’ for her ability to see ghosts, Porter Biggleswade is a straight-talking paranormal investigator. While Porter’s work takes her to the Bronte Museum in Haworth, ghostly feuds are the least of her worries. A woman haunted by her living mother, and a farmer plagued by spectral ewes show Porter that the living are as troubled as the shadows she investigates.
Shadows in the Mist is the first book in Amy Flint’s Porter Biggleswade series.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love a good mystery, and the paranormal is certainly that. Having grown up reading, listening to, and telling ghostly stories, I had the idea for my Porter Biggleswade series after moving to York. Porter is a paranormal investigator with a talent for spotting ghosts, a useful skill to have when living in England's most haunted city!
I studied and worked in archaeology – Pompeii and the British Museum, before going on to study forensics; evidently, I delight in searching for clues. Researching and writing about the paranormal seemed the natural next step.
Shadows in the Mist is the first book in my paranormal mystery series. I used to live about 10 miles away from the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth and spent many happy days there. It’s a very special place, and the Brontes were an extraordinary family, which is why I was keen to feature them in my first book. The reader is invited into the world of paranormal investigation, to see how people react to phenomena in very different ways. It seems the living are as unpredictable as those haunting them.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
There’s nothing normal about the paranormal, and there’s nothing normal about Porter Biggleswade. The idea came to me while I was on a ghost walk not long after my move to York. We were meandering down the infamous Shambles, and it struck me that if I were a ghost hunter this is where I would live.
I was keen to create a strong female lead who was clever, ambitious, straight-talking, and had a talent for seeing ghosts. As I am someone who questions everything, I didn't want Porter to feel comfortable about her ability, nor be the type to take things at face value, which is why she turned her hand to paranormal investigation. Her work suggests natural causes are often to blame, creaky floorboards or wind in the pipes, yet not all phenomena is so easily explained.
The air was soured with stale beer and regret.
It lured Porter from her musings. She peered from under her brim at an elderly man framed by beer cans. They were an unwelcome addition to an already bleak scene.
The man stared back. Porter’s Panama shielded black eyes and snowy skin, but her colourless curls refused to be curbed. They made a mockery of her age.
‘Hey, angel, wanna seat?’ the man swept his belongings to one side.
Porter hesitated. After weeks of fruitless house-hunting, the bench was the most attractive offer to date.
‘Keep it free; I might be back,’ she responded wryly.
Turning to go, Porter grazed the man standing behind her. A chill cut through her, freezing her apology. She flinched at the tragedy that was once a face and inadvertently stepped back. The man was too distracted by the blood pooling round his boots to take offence.
‘You okay, angel?’
Porter’s gaze shifted to the mangled wreck that barely passed for a bicycle. She glanced back at the victim; he was diminishing fast. Moments later he was gone.
‘You look like you’ve seen a ghost,’ said the man on the bench.
Porter left without comment.
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