was-that-a-pun said: I am imagining a spooky nneeiigghh now and am amused
Funny story… there’s a ghost horse in one of the haunted locations in my city. People claim you can smell it’s hot breath on their shoulders. I don’t know why that makes it a horse and not a guy… but there’s a horse painting near where it usually happens so I guess that’s why
Q:Are there ghost pets in Whitehall?
No, no ghost pets… although I’m toying with the idea of a ghost horse… havent decided one way or the other about that one yet. :)
thewanderingdreamer said: Is it going to be a novel, a series, or like a comic? (I like the pics I’ve seen you do for your ghost characters :) )
It’s going to be a novel :) I can’t see it being a series…. for reasons apparent in the end.
Thanks! I draw a lot of concept art to kinda work through plot and boiling production emotions. I hope others enjoy it too :)
Thank you everyone who asked me about my grandchildren :)
Q:Oo, so it's not like super mind melding scary?
No, it’s not really scary at all… if you excuse all the violent deaths :) It’s definitely a character story.
Q:TELL ME ALL ABOUT GHOSTS OF WHITEHALL, I don't know nearly enough about it yet
What would you like to know!?!
My favorite part is the relationship between Victoria and Lancaster. Lancaster was hired as a butler after Victoria’s mother dies to illness. He is stiff, formal, childless, and died in a mysterious and violent manner, leaving him a huge sack of guilt and regret. Victoria’s thrilled to have a friend after years of being the only haunt, and he slowly comes out of his shell around her as we learn about the circumstances surrounding his death.
After Lancaster the ghosts accumulate one at a time, including a civil war colonel, a mischievous child, her heartbroken brother, and an executed convict. They coexist less than harmoniously until a team of present-day ghost hunters arrive with an exorcism no one in the house is prepared for…
It’s a fun departure for me, since I’ve only written fantasy. Putting the ghosts in various american eras opens up a lot of challenges, and writing them all together is going to be a ton of fun! I’m only about 27k into it at the moment with only a handful of ghosts, but the anticipation is killing me :) har har har.
(thank you for being so curious!!!)
Q:I am super intrigued by Ghosts of Whitehall (being a fan of paranormal stuff). But I've wondered why it for a while: why is Victoria so young? What made you age her as a child? And given her new existence, how childlike is she? Has she kind of matured since her death? Hopefully those are too silly for questions. xD;
She died as a child and begins her afterlife with a childlike understanding of things, but curiosity leads her to explore and learn, leaving her with a more mature intelligence trapped in a little bundle of childish impulses and emotions.
I did that because I wanted to explore the concept of the permanent child, like Babydoll or Claudia. I can identify with her, too, as someone who is considered an adult but is having a hard time fitting the adult mold. She’s so strong, but still feels weak because of the shape her body takes. I’m having a lot of fun with her :)
Q:I thought it was fanart of an already published thing and tried looking it up and got really confused and now im super impatient for ghosts of whitehall to be an actual thing just so you know
TEE HEE HEE :)
I’m thrilled by that, you don’t even know. I hope it becomes a thing… I really believe in it, but it’s not quite ready for publishing yet. I’m happy to talk about it for all the time in between though!
Q:Can you tell me about Ghosts of Whitehall? What kind of story is it? *sits and listens attentively*
It’s a paranormal fantasy I guess? I call it a ghost story from the ghosts perspective. The main characters are all dead and haunting this big house while present day ghost hunters try to reveal and exorcise them. It’s got the tone of something like a YA novel, but the protagonist isn’t a teenager so let’s call it an adult with spunk :)
We see the whole thing through the eyes of Victoria as she explores her afterlife, learning the rules of being a ghost and growing up in the process. Since she died at six years-old she is a confused mess of childhood curiosity and time-wisened intelligence. Kind of like Interview with a Vampire without the evil…
Q:TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MAIN CHARACTER (pretty please)
Victoria is a ghost. She was born in 1900, and died in an unfortunate accident at six years-old. She’s haunted her father’s house ever since, exploring the boundaries of her new existence and struggling with the question of why she’s remained on earth instead of passing on to the light…
Over the century she spends haunting the building, she is confronted with new tenants who through circumstances both supernatural and not, meet tragedy in the house. Many remain as ghosts, resulting in a crowded and unpredictable space. Victoria does her best to exist among them — not quite child, not yet adult — as she struggles with her own identity and tries to untangle the knot of what’s tied her to the world.
(thank you ;_; )
Brainstorming scenarios for my ghost story! I’ve got the beginning and the end nailed down, but there’s about five decades in the middle where I’m unsure what happens! This might not be a picture of any particular scene, but I wanted a shot of Mitch hanging with our main protags. Perhaps Lancaster and Victoria are explaining the origin of Colonel Tebb… or they’re trying to break into the safe behind the portrait. Either way, it’s good to see everyone together.
That point when you peter off mid-sentence after realizing no one else cares.