If you’ve read my first novel, Blackfeather, you’ll know that at the start of the story Kate is running away from All Souls Church with the box that she has found in the floor of the chancel. It is an important location throughout the book, linking past and present together. It is the place where the story begins and where it all ends. What you might not know is that All Souls is a real church in the small village of Bolton Percy in York, England. In reality this beautiful church is called All Saints, but I decided to change the name in the book for two reasons.
When I talked to other writers they felt that the people who knew the church or lived nearby might be concerned about some of the events that take place there within the novel and secondly, All SOULS meant much more to the premise of the story since it deals with the theme of reincarnation.
However, the descriptions of the church, its interior and churchyard environs are true to life and if you go there you will be able to see the place where Kate finds the box, the Norman stone font and Jacobean box pews and the Lych-gate where Kate stands before going up the path to begin her afternoon of research in the archives.
Of course, the Lych-gate hasn’t been destroyed by demons and you won’t find a pentacle carved into one of the pews, but you will be able to imagine all this if you visit. (Oops spoilers).
You can find out more about the church’s history and see pictures of the interior at the following links, which I used when researching the book.