Interview with Marion Croslydon, Author of Oxford Whispers

New Adult has become such a huge craze lately! I've heard about so many great contemporaries but it wasn't until I heard about Oxford Whispers did I learn about a New Adult paranormal. So I'm thrilled to have Marion Croslydon on Nawanda Files today to talk a little more about her book. Learn more about Oxford Whispers below and then continue to the interview!

Oxford Whispers (The Oxford Trilogy, # 1)Oxford Whispers
by Marion Croslydon

Series: The Oxford Trilogy #1
Publisher: Carlux Publishing
Release Date: October 8, 2012

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Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. 
Her fresh start at Oxford University is a brand new beginning. She finally has a chance to turn the page on her psychic powers and cumbersome voodoo heritage. Snakes, dolls, ghosts, and spirits: Farewell…
Not quite.

When the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class—begin to haunt her, she must accept her gift before life imitates art. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. Unfortunately, said nemesis is now going all homicidal on Madison. 

College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, Madison realizes that her own first love may also be doomed…


What inspired you to write Oxford Whispers?
Oxford Whispers is the story of Madison LeBon, an American student at Oxford University, with psychic powers she prefers to ignore. But when the tragic lovers in a painting begin to haunt her, she must learn to accept her gift. Otherwise, life will imitate art and Madison's own first love will be doomed.

I’ve drawn inspiration from my own time at Oxford and my passion as a teenager for a Pre-Raphaelite painting by William Shakespeare Burton, The Wounded Cavalier. It is set during the English Civil War.
Also, there’s a strong Voodoo component through Madison—who is kind of an “Ivy-League Sookie Stackhouse”—because I was born in West Africa where Voodoo originates, and spent a lot of time in New Orleans and Louisiana.

Who was your favorite character to write?
The story was born through Madison. So she’s at the center of Oxford Whispers. She’s its beating heart. I wanted someone strong and smart, but not a super-woman. And also someone credible for her age and experience: 22 and a graduate, who is travelling abroad for the first time.

However, the most challenging character to write was Rupert. I wanted him to be a different type of hero: hot and charismatic (well, a hero ;-)) but also not “over-the-top” perfect and Alpha. It was a delicate balance to strike. Despite the fact that he comes from an aristocratic family, has a title and all, he still deals with what a guy his age has to deal with: forging his own identity, separate from his own family, and in particular his father.

Did you do any particular research for the book?
There were two major axes of research for the book: Voodoo and the English Civil War. I’m very lucky to live in London and be a member of the British Library. It’s very tempting to keep researching and never getting to the writing, so I tend to cap the number of days of research.

It’s amazing how many romance writers I’ve met there, a lot of Americans, who come and research the Regency and the Victorian periods.

Oxford Whispers is set at Oxford University. What do you love about the city that drew you to write about it? 
Oxford was my first love. I arrived there when I was twenty, a grad just like Madison. It’s difficult to explain how the city felt to me right from the start. Beyond how truly beautiful it is, there’s this impression of stepping into history and centuries-old traditions. I felt like I belonged to something larger then myself.

Right back then, I knew I’d write a story (or more) set there. It’s definitely a great place to fall in love for the first time.

The paranormal aspect involves ghosts. Is that your favorite supernatural? 
I didn’t start Oxford Whispers with the idea that I was writing a paranormal story. There were all these little tidbits I had in my imagination and my own personal experience: voodoo (I was born in West Africa where voodoo originates), the painting, The Wounded Cavalier (which is at the center of the book), and the ‘ghost’ aspect was born from there, but towards the end of the creative process.

I’m also a massive fan of True Blood. In Season 4, there’s this storyline involving Lafayette (awesome, awesome Lafayette) and Mavis, the ghost of that poor woman whose baby died in mysterious circumstances. It did influence the past storyline in Oxford Whispers.

Playlists for novels are becoming more popular. Did you write with music? And what song do you think best encapsulates Oxford Whispers
There are periods when I’m writing in music, and others when I have to work in absolute silence. I’d say ‘fresh’ writing (first draft) is done in music, but editing in silence.

There was one particular song that was I listened to over and over again: Just A Kiss by Lady Antebellum.

If you could describe Oxford Whispers in three words, what would they be?
Haunting – Romantic – Fast-Paced.

Since Nawanda Files highlights books into movies, what is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book? 
My absolute favorite book is Gone With The Wind, so the film adaptation is my ultimate reference.
But if you allow me to cheat, I’d like to mention as well The Color Purple. I’ve cried so many tears reading and watching that story.

Thank you so much Marion for stopping by Nawanda Files! Oxford Whispers sounds like a fantastic New Adult paranormal! 
Thank you so much for having me today and showing your interest in Oxford Whispers. 

About the Author

Marion Croslydon
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In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course. 

My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock. My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster. Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors. 

Oxford Whispers sounds like such an amazing read and Marion is basically awesome. Any fan of True Blood (Layfayette) is instantly cool :) If you're looking for an original New Adult with some voodoo and ghosts add it on goodreads and purchase a copy on amazon

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