Seventh Rainbow Publishing is an independent publisher based in London, England that specialises in producing high-quality e-books by UK authors for the world market. We’re fairly new, but both our author list and range of titles are growing. We’re not tied to any one genre so our catalogue is starting to become quite diverse, ranging from YA paranormal historical novels to current fiction.
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An interview with our author Michael Gallagher
Hi, my name is Michael Gallagher. I was born in New Zealand and moved to London in my early twenties. I'm a teacher by profession and I currently divide my time between teaching adults with learning disabilities and my writing.
Q: You're a writer of historical fiction. How did you choose where and when to set your work?
"The Bridge of Dead Things" takes as its source the true-life story of Victorian medium Florence Cook. During 1873 and the first quarter of 1874 her full-body materializations were studied and documented by the British scientist William Crookes. Though I kept the novel located in London, I chose to set it in 1885, the year that the government raised the age of consent from 13 to 16. They were spurred on by W. T. Stead's lurid articles in The Pall Mall Gazette where he described, for example, how a girl could be purchased from her parents for the sum of five pounds. There was a huge public scandal when it was leaked that he'd staged the incident himself. 1885 was also the year that The Mikado had its première at The Savoy Theatre, the first public building to be lit by electricity. By the time I'd written the first few chapters of that first book I realized that I had a series on my hands, and it was important to consider where the second book would be set. I decided on Egypt, as I've always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt, and though I didn't really have a plot in mind, the idea of setting a whodunnit in The Valley of the Kings was very appealing. I began researching in a very general way, but immediately stumbled upon a copy of Immanuel Velikovsky's 1960 book, "Oedipus and Akhenaten", in my local library. Velikovsky was an amateur archaeologist and controversial historian, whose theories are considered highly implausible to say the least. But his book introduced me to two historical characters who were entirely new to me – Merit and Smenkhkare, whose period of rule comes just before Tutankhamun – and I knew I'd found my back-story for "The Scarab Heart".
Originally conceived as a blog to accompany Gallagher's historical YA novels, this guide provides a great introduction to the fascinating phenomenon of 19th Century spiritualism. If you can't tell your materializations from your Mumlers, or never realized just how physical ghost-grabbing could get, then this may well be the perfect book for you.