Thursday, February 2, 2017

Eccentric Aunt Dotty and more!

Here is some more from my work in progress, House of Shadows (working title). Don't worry, it won't spoil the book for you when it's released. These are behind the scenes character profiles, including colorful adventures from Elle's eccentric family! I'm writing this but its Elle Feedwell's own story!

The book is set in 1950's London and New York. The gist is about a young girl, called Elle who goes to live with her gran after her mother dies. Gran is quite an eccentric oldster! She's a former silent screen star who has a very unusual house on Gramercy Park in New York.

She is strange and can be intimidating, although, she's kind-hearted. The house is filled with her 'saves'. Gran saves people and Elle soon grows to love her.

Here is a bit about her Aunt Dotty.

"Aunt Dotty, preparing breakfast porridge in her usual peculiar way.

One moment, before I go on! Here is a translation of the mainly British word: dotty,  If you say that someone is dotty, you mean that they are slightly mad or likely to do strange things. This so defined My Aunt Dotty. She was completely crackers and had been ever since she stood in line to get an autograph from her favorite actor, Sir Giles Can'tactbutlovesshakespare!

Yes, he was really something in more ways than one as they say. And at the turn of the century, when Aunt Dotty was young. Long before the internet upset people, whatever their politics or religion, Auntie had the joy of hero worshipping a no talent actor just because he spoke beautifully.

"Oh! I say! I do love the sound of his voice! He gives me chills when he speaks!"

And speak he did. I did accompany her once to see him. No, he was no longer performing on Broadway or even off Broadway. In other words he was, instead, 'the main draw' in bar rooms in and around the Bowery.

This is him playing Henry the V111's beloved jester Will Sommers.
I liked this performance. Aunt Dotty was less impressed. "I prefer it when he gives me chills!"

I realize now looking back, that she wished to have a romantic interlude with him. poor Dotty. This was not to happen until she was in her dotage. Gran eventually installed her in Finster's Care Home which was a nice place if you didn't mind the staff. They were nice enough but old themselves. And though they worked as hard as they possibly could, things were never right. Dotty ran away twice. The third time Gran invited her and and anyone else who wished to leave to stay at her home on Gramercy Park. The purchase of another property was in the offing.

Yes, it was the liberation of oldsters from a none to perfect home. My generous grandmother enjoyed liberating people. She always said life was sometimes very unfair and one should do all that one could to help someone caught up in a mess not of their choosing. She was fortunate to have the dosh to do it. That was why Great Grandfather, Cyrus' portrait hung over the fireplace in the drawing room. Cyrus who had given up big game hunting when he thought about how horrible it was. A Dutch friend of his, Abe Van Helsing--had some very strong opinions about the popular but barbaric practice. "Leave the poor beasts alone and destroy monsters!" His words verbatam and so instead of causing harm in the world, Cyrus became an enthusiastic Vampire Destroyer!

As for Aunt Dotty's romantic yearnings, they did indeed come to her so late in life she nearly didn't witness it. But she was happy as it was with a retired dresser to Sir Giles Can'tactbutlovesshakespare! The gentleman was very handsome in his own right, Auntie said he'd give Sir Giles a run for his money!

More about that in the next post!


  1. Thanks for the preview Carole. Love the sound of Aunt Dotty and the new direction your writing is taking you. Should be a resounding success. Keep up the great work!