A Tie To Change by Callie Langridge
A Time to Change: A heart-wrenching love story
“I would rather love passionately for an hour than benignly for a lifetime.”
In a house full of history and secrets, the past will not stay where it belongs…
Lou has always loved Hill House, the derelict manor on the abandoned land near her home. As a child, the tragic history of its owners, the Mandevilles, inspired her dream to become a history teacher. But in her late twenties, and working in a shop to pay off student debts, life is passing her by.
That changes when a family disaster sends Lou’s life into a downward spiral and she seeks comfort in the ruined corridors of Hill House. The house transforms around her and Lou is transported back to Christmas 1913. Convinced she has been in an accident and is in a coma, Lou immerses herself in her Edwardian dream. With the Mandevilles oblivious to her true identity, Lou becomes their houseguest and befriends the eldest son, Captain Thomas Mandeville, a man she knows is destined to die in the First World War.
Lou feels more at home in the past than the present and when she realises the experience is real she sets out to do everything in her power to save her new friends.
Lou passes between 1913 and 2013, unearthing plots of murder and blackmail, which she must stop no matter the cost.
On her quest to save the Mandevilles by saving Thomas, Lou will face the hardest decision of her life. She will learn that love cannot be separated by a century.
Celebrate the yay moments
When you tell people you’re writing a novel, the reaction is almost always the same. ‘Oh, lovely. When will it be published?’
That really is the $6,000,000 question. And to begin with it’s quite fun. When you first pick up a pen and writing pad to start jotting down ideas that have been dancing around in your head for months or years or decades, you share the blind optimism of your friends and family that you will be published very soon. There’s that buzz as you craft your first sentences that they really could be the opening lines of the next major literary prize finalist. Someone’s got to win those competitions, right? When you walk past Waterstones on your way to your first writing course, and pause to press your nose to the window, imaging your fledgling offering nestled amongst the best sellers, you are filled with hope and dreams.
Now I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but in this honeymoon period, when you are still finding your way, you have no idea of the mammoth commitment you are embarking upon. Look at it this way, if you picked up a clarinet today, you wouldn’t expect to be playing for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in six months, a year, or even five years.
And so it is with writing. You must learn your craft. Like many people, I went to writing classes, and more writing classes. I found some other novice writers and we formed a group to critique work and support each other. I went to writing festivals and sat in lectures. I listened to publishing industry professionals. I submitted to the nerve-wracking agent one to one meetings to share my work and get advice. I did more writing courses. I wrote some short stories and got three published (yay). I finished my novel and put it in a drawer. I wrote some poetry. I took a playwriting course to improve my dialogue (and from that someone paid me to write a series of short plays – another yay). I wrote another novel and put that in a drawer. And then finally I wrote a novel that flowed from my fingers into the laptop. I edited it and polished it like it was a precious diamond. I had finally written the story I had always wanted to write. It had only taken ten years. And then I found Bombshell Books who wanted to publish it (the biggest yay yet).
I cut my teeth on all of the projects along the way. I earned my writing stripes (I’m sorry, writers are taught to avoid clichés like the plague …). And like they say, good things come to those who wait. And to those who are prepared to put in the graft and the hours to get there and know how to celebrate each little victory along the way.
Callie was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.
Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the nineties. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for social history and currently works in marketing for a national historical institution, promoting projects and running events.
On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to take her A levels and gained A’s in English Literature and Language, and Film Studies – not bad when working full time! – and this spurred her on to take the first of many creative writing course. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London.
Callie lives in London with her long-term partner and an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities.
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