I’m delighted to welcome Grace Hitchcock to the blog today to chat about her novels The White City & The Gray Chamber!
Grace Hitchcock is the author of The White City and The Gray Chamber from Barbour Publishing’s True Colors series. She has written novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. She is a member of ACFW and holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son.
THE WHITE CITY
SERIES: True Colors #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Suspense / True Crime
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2019
Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World’s Fair
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While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for bodyguard.
Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?
Hi Grace! Welcome to the blog!
Grace: Summer! I love stepping outside and being wrapped in humidity. Buuut, if I want to curl up with a good book and cup of something hot, I turn on the a/c and pretend that it is chilly outside 🙂
Carrie: haha the best of both worlds!
Grace: Both 🙂 I used to work in a tearoom to pay for grad school, so a lot of people think that’s all I drink, but I start off the day with coffee to wake up and then have tea for the rest of the day!
Carrie: I think working in a tearoom would be lots of fun as long as I could drink hot chocolate instead lol
Grace: Hallmark hands down! Every Christmas, I get a subscription to the channel just so I can binge every cheesy Christmas movie Hallmark has ever made. The happily-ever-after endings never get old.
Carrie: haha i love that! I’m with you!
Grace: Print! I use my laptop throughout the day, so it is nice to give my eyes a break. Plus, I just love the feeling of having a book in my hands.
Carrie: Ebooks are pretty convenient but there is something so special about holding a print book, you’re right.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Grace: Flying! Not only would it be cheaper to visit friends, but it really would come in handy for me, being on the shorter side, to reach items in the top cabinet 🙂
Carrie: LOL i like the way you think!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently!
Grace: For historical fiction, I highly recommend Jen Turano’s delightful latest works Diamond in the Rough and Flights of Fancy. I just finished a YA book called The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson and I was blown away. My biggest series discovery of the year was a time-travel series called The River Time by Lisa T. Bergren. How have I not read her time-travel books until this year?? Seriously, they are amazing.
Carrie: Oh my goodness yes! to all of these! Except i haven’t read her time travel series yet – eek!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Grace: I tend to google a wide-range of weird questions from how long does it take for a bullet wound to heal (it depends on location) or if it is safe to pull out a knife from one’s thigh (it’s not safe), to if candy apples were invented before/during the Chicago World’s Fair (they weren’t).
Carrie: I feel sad for the Chicago World’s Fair people now…. a world without candy or caramel apples is a sad world indeed. lol.
Q: Which of your characters was the most difficult to write?
Grace: For my January release, The Gray Chamber, I have an eccentric young heroine who is falsely committed to Blackwell’s Island asylum. I had to put her through some pretty harsh situations and there were days when I finished writing an asylum scene, feeling drained and sad for my heroine. It was an emotional one for me to write, but like all my stories, The Gray Chamber will end on a happy note because I don’t want to read a book with a happily-never-after, much less write one haha 🙂
Carrie: Grace, you are my kind of person! 😀
Q: What surprised you about The White City or your characters as you wrote their story?
Grace: I’d have to say Percival “Valentine” Covington’s character in The White City took me by complete surprise. At first, he was just going to be the author the heroine loved to read, but then I thought, What if she met him? And then the “what if” thoughts turned into Percy and Winnie courting and he is now one of my favorite characters. I have had readers asking to know how his story ends, so I am working on writing his story as a novella to give readers a glimpse into what happened to Percy after The White City.
Carrie: Oh yay!!! I love updates on fave characters!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from The White City & why do you love it?
Grace: I really do love the opening line for The White City… even though it is probably the least glamourous opening line for a debut author ever haha, but it hit me and I couldn’t NOT open with it 🙂
“Winnifred Wylde concentrated on his forehead, nodding, trying to respond appropriately, but it was so difficult with his nose hair escaping and retreating into his left nostril with every breath.”
Carrie: oh my goodness – that’s hilarious!! LOL It sounds like you and Jen Turano are kindred spirits. 😉
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Grace: Thank you so much for having me here!! My second novel with Barbour Publishing’s True Colors series, The Gray Chamber, releases January 2020! While I wait for it to release, I’ll be working on my next novel and novella 🙂 Thank you again and Happy Reading!
On Blackwell’s Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving.
With her late father’s fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. Do any of Edyth’s friends care that she disappeared? At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World.
Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self?
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What about you? What interests you most about Grace Hitchcock and/or The White City?