Haunted Castles of Scotland

What is it about castles, especially the ancient castles of the British Isles? I love them, and so, it seems, do many of you. Here's my guess as to why they are fascinating: they're big and elaborate; they're old and so have plenty of interesting history; and many of them are apparently haunted. As I researched haunted Scottish castles I discovered a couple of interesting things. First, many … [Read more...]

Scots Words

Last time: the magic of Scotland. This week - a little bit about Scots words. I didn't use many Scots dialect words in The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. Using dialect is tricky. Too much and people get turned off. Too little and the story doesn't sound authentic. But the Scottish language is so rich and varied. It's often said that the Inuit have more than 50 words and phrases … [Read more...]

Magical Scotland: Magical Creatures

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle is set in Scotland for a number of reasons. First, the magic "lives" in a chatelaine (you can read more about that in my previous post) that is a European jewelry. Second, it felt right to place the children in a castle, with its dark, spooky corners, large scale, and ghostly history: The castle loomed out of the fog at the end of the winding lane, after … [Read more...]