Nicola here! Today I’m welcoming Christina Courtenay back to the Word Wenches to talk about her latest time slip novel, The Secret Kiss of Darkness. Christina is a multi-award winning author of historical romantic fiction and as I am a huge fan of time slip novels I couldn’t wait to quiz her about her latest book!
Christina, welcome back to the Word Wenches! Please tell us a little bit about The Secret Kiss of Darkness.
The Secret Kiss of Darkness is a time slip novel set in Devon, in the south-west of the UK. The heroine in the present has her life totally disrupted when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a portrait of a mysterious 18th century gentleman at an auction. There’s forbidden love, smugglers and romance, as well as a gypsy’s spell!
The story was inspired by a Van Dyck painting in the National Gallery here in London, which looked so real I thought the man portrayed was going to start talking to me any minute! I swear his eyes followed my every move. It was very spooky but brilliant as it gave me the idea for this novel.