New Hope writer switches from pop tunes to fantasy novels

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Kit Grindstaff- author

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Kit Grindstaff of New Hope has published her first novel, “The Flame in the Mist,” a fantasy adventure for teens. Art Gentile/Staff photographer

Kit Grindstaff- author

Kit Grindstaff- author

A page from Kit Grindstaff’s newly published first novel, “The Flame in the Mist,” a fantasy adventure for teens.

Kit Grindstaff- author

Kit Grindstaff- author

Kit Grindstaff of New Hope has published her first novel, “The Flame in the Mist,” a fantasy adventure for teens. Art Gentile/Staff photographer

Kit Grindstaff- author

Kit Grindstaff- author

Kit Grindstaff’s newly published first novel, “The Flame in the Mist.”



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Book-release party with New Hope author and former U.K. pop star Kit Grindstaff for her first book, “A Flame In The Mist” on Friday at 7 p.m. at The Doylestown Bookshop.


Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:15 am
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Updated: 11:32 am, Thu Apr 18, 2013.


New Hope writer switches from pop tunes to fantasy novels

By Laura Genn
Correspondent

PhillyBurbs.com

Raised in Surrey’s English countryside, Kit Grindstaff didn’t imagine that she would someday live in New Hope — or that she would be publishing a middle-grade fantasy novel.


Nevertheless, Grindstaff’s debut, “The Flame in the Mist” — the story of fiery-haired Jemma Agromond, a prophesied savior who rises to the occasion with the help of her telepathic pet rats, Noodle and Pie — was released from Random House’s Delacorte Press this month.

“I’ve always been a voracious reader, and … loved to make up stories — my teddy bears and toy owls were frequently subjected to some kind of adventure,” Grindstaff said.

Still, the idea of becoming a writer never completely coalesced, and after college, she pursued another passion: songwriting.

“I moved from London to New York to pursue my music career ‘for a year,’ ” she said. “Pretty soon, I met this handsome bass player, we got married, and I stayed.

“After a while, though, the gritty enchantment of New York wore off. … I have a good friend in New Hope who suggested we look out here, and we ended up buying the second house we saw.”

Surprisingly, Grindstaff said neither England’s nor Pennsylvania’s setting had influence on “Flame.”

“With its crags, forests and moors, it’s more a mix of ‘Wuthering Heights’ and the Transylvania of ‘Dracula,’ “ she said.

Literature, on the other hand, had a profound impact.

“The ‘Golden Compass’ and ‘Harry Potter’ series, which helped set the fantasy stage, and Dickens, Bronté and Bram Stoker for setting and spook factor,” she said. “I love the ghost stories of Shirley Jackson, as well as the classic ‘(The) Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins, and Henry James’ ‘The Turn of the Screw.’ ”

While Grindstaff’s influences are many, her advice to hopeful authors is simple.

“If you know what genre you want to write in, read as much in that genre as you can — as well as other genres,” she said. “… This is not a fast road, so you need to love what you write and have conviction about it — and keep at it.”

Grindstaff promised new settings but familiar characters in the sequel to “The Flame in the Mist,” a mixture certain to please fans of the first installment.

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