What do you see sitting in the chair? It’s a ghost writer.
Halloween means it’s time for apparitions to swirl outside or join us in our living rooms. This Victorian ghost writer is hanging out where all the action happens. (In the library of course.)
The author apparition is actually a novelist and biographer from the U.K. Her name is Mrs. Gaskall and she wrote The Old Nurse’s Story, a frightening tale about phantoms and a little girl. Mrs. Gaskall, or Elizabeth, also wrote a biography about Charlotte Brontë. Elizabeth and Charlotte were friends and when Charlotte died, her father asked Elizabeth to write his daughter’s story. The Life of Charlotte Brontë was the first biography of Charlotte and published in 1857.
Elizabeth had other literary friends like Charles Dickens and Thomas Carlyle. Dickens admired Elizabeth’s novels and had her write stories for his magazine Household Words. Elizabeth championed women in her books and shocked many a Brit with her unconventional ideas about the social mores of the period. She was a humanitarian and saw the rich only getting richer and the poor spiraling further in poverty. Now that’s a real scary story.
By the way, I believe in ghost writers…because I am one. If you have an idea for a book and don’t have time to write it, get in touch with me. I’ll make sure your vision becomes something real.