Emma Carroll is an English teacher by day, and a writer by night. She is a recent graduate from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing For Young People. Her favorite stories are often historical, usually spooky and definitely full of feisty characters who don’t always get things right first time. In another life, she wished she’d written REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
Frost Hollow Hall, to be published in October 2013, is Emma’s debut novel for Faber. Part ghost story, part love story, it takes place during the winter of 1881 and is told in the distinctive voice of 14-year-old Tilly. Currently, Emma is working on her second novel for Faber. It is set in a Victorian circus.
Emma lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two talkative terriers.
We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.
February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.
Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.