Writing is such a personal endeavor as we put so much of ourselves into our stories, consciously or not. There are many specific personal experiences and inspirations that I’ve directly incorporated into What the Clocks Know, but it’s also influenced by who I am in general (for better or worse…). Whether that directly and indirectly impacts a story, the words I write come from the same demented brain that dictates all my other fancies and follies.
Care to hear a few? Ready or not, here they come!
Five random facts about me:
1. I’m a sucker for old film classics (especially Hitchcock). Top 5: Rear Window, 12 Angry Men, It’s a Wonderful Life, Roman Holiday, and The Sound of Music.
2. My Top 5 contemporary films are: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marie Antoinette, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Rushmore, and Titanic.
3. It’s almost physically impossible for me to dance if I don’t love the music. I might oblige a bride-friend for half a song at her reception, but that’s my limit (and wedding gift). Want to lure me onto the dance floor? Play The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” or “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order. Boom. Guaranteed. I’ll be flailing around like Molly Ringwald in Breakfast Club.
4. Among other peeves are the sound of chewing, slow walkers, not having lip balm or a tissue when I need it, bad advertising, and people on planes. This last one irks me to no end and in countless ways, largely because…
5. I love international travel and fly quite a lot for holiday and London-to-Chicago visits home. A dual American-British citizen, I’ve so far visited six continents and over thirty countries.
So, that’s a little insight into me in all my random and somewhat ornery glory. There’s actually quite a bit of me in Margot, the protagonist of What the Clocks Know…but, you know, go easy on us both. 😉
Released March 18, 2016
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Twenty-six-year-old Margot sets out on a journey of self-discovery – she dumps her New York boyfriend, quits her Chicago job, and crashes at her friend’s flat in London.
Rather than find herself, though, she only feels more lost. An unsettling energy affects her from the moment she enters the old Victorian residence, and she spirals into depression. Frightened and questioning her perceptions, she gradually suspects her dark emotions belong to Charlotte instead.
Who is Charlotte? The name on a local gravestone could relate to Margot’s dreams and the grey woman weeping at the window.
Finding a ghost isn’t what she had in mind when she went ‘soul searching’, but somehow Margot’s future may depend on Charlotte’s past.
Woven between 21st century and Victorian London, What the Clocks Know is a haunting story of love and identity.
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Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching something on Netflix. A former teacher hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband and probably a ghost or two. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and paranormal, which inspires her writing to explore dimensions of time, love, and the soul. She debuted in 2014 with Seven for a Secret (in which a Jazz Age tragedy haunts a modern woman’s love life), and her award-winning short story “Four Somethings & a Sixpence” (about a bride who gets a little something she didn’t register for) was released in 2015. What the Clocks Know is her second novel.
Learn more about Rumer at:
Website – http://www.rumerhaven.com
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Twitter – @RumerHaven