Partridge Singapore’s Gabriela E. Stone tells us about her new book, The Key to the Ivory Tower.
The Key to the Ivory Tower is a stylish, sweeping and erotic periodic novel that tells the story of Catherine Acton. Catherine was the only survivor of a noble family after a mysterious fire broke out in the mansion in the middle of the night and claimed the lives of her parents.
Fifteen years later, Catherine returns to the estate where she finds love and discovers her femininity. However, the ghosts of the past return to settle scores long thought forgotten.
This novel will take you on a page-turning story in a fascinating environment of the 19th century. From France to England with a taste of Scotland, you will discover since then that not much has changed.
The Ivory tower, as we all know, is a term to describe the high classed society and wealth. The novel deals with states and classes and with people’s desire to achieve more and to climb up the ladder to get higher positions, wealth and power (not so far from the situation we experience in the modern world).
I used the same metaphor to describe the desire to access that world as a key. Some will work hard and try to achieve it themselves while others wouldn’t mind breaking the law.
I have always been a curious and imaginative child. I was the kind of child who preferred to draw and listen to read stories rather than to go out and play with other children outside. I could occupy myself for hours due to my vivid imagination. The passion for writing always burned inside me, and from the moment I’ve learned to write, I did not stop for a moment.
As a child, I kept a diary, and soon after, I started writing poems and short stories that I kept for myself. My main subjects in high school were pedagogy, psychology and literature, which fit together perfectly.
In my day job as an implementing manager, I have written many technical books over the years.
Funnily, my original plan was to create a website for role-players and share openings for them to use. However, as soon as I’ve discovered that it was too costly to maintain, I changed my plan and wrote a book. This book is one of my many ideas that were developed into a well-plotted, intricate novel. It took me as an author to a fascinating virtual journey that taught me about people’s lifestyle in the 19th century, horse’s behaviour and training methods, local vegetation and a taste of the Scottish culture. I hope you’ll enjoy reading my piece as I enjoyed writing it.
Do you have any particular literary influences?
I have always been fascinated by the 19th century and have read a lot of novels from that time such as: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, all of Charles Dickens’s books and more. However, The Key to the Ivory Tower was more influenced by problems that we still suffer from in the modern times, and that clung to any modern society for centuries. We could take this story and implant it in any place and time, and it can still be relevant.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
Listen to your inner voice and follow your heart and desires. Aim for the highest achievement and dare to dare.
Are you working on a sequel to The Key to the Ivory Tower?
Not at the moment. I would like to write in many genres, and my next book will be something completely different.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
Word of mouth, under the sponsorship of the net.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience?
The satisfaction of completing my writing and still like to read it for my own pleasure although I’ve read it back and forth so many times. It is a private victory I am happy to celebrate.
What did you think of your Partridge experience?
I can only be happy with the service they provided so far, such as the graphic design. I did all the work myself. I was my own editor and did not use other offered services. Partridge has a good customer support that is always available and free calls that are very helpful when you need something.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Being a scribe gifted is a talent. It not just requires the author to have a way with words, but also to have a verbal ability to describe the character’s actions, emotions and thoughts. To draw with words a clear picture of the environment. To be able to transfer senses such as tastes, scents, coldness, warmth and so on, and above all, to implant the author’s agenda between the written lines.