Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets
Politics and power. Demons and spirits.
When ex-Pinkerton detective Samuel Hunter married Elizabeth Weldsmore, the heir to one of Boston’s Great Houses, he knew his life would change forever, but he never expected the return of Elizabeth’s psychic abilities.
Not only do they have to keep it a secret, but Elizabeth must learn quickly how to master them. For a psychic in a Great House is a political liability, which her father, Jonathan Weldsmore, knows only too well.
As the Great Houses jockey for power, the three of them must contend with treachery, subterfuge, and potentially a new demonic threat, in this political and supernatural thriller set in an alternate-history Boston of 1890.
This novel is a prequel to the graphic novel, Boston Metaphysical Society.
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How do you deal with rejection letters/bad reviews of your own work?
That falls under the category of “It depends.” If it’s just a one star or two stars with no written review, I shrug it off and say “I guess they didn’t like it” and move on. If there is an actual review, no matter what star it is, I always read it with the hope that there is some constructive criticism and not just bashing. If it’s only bashing, I move on. For me, the best review whether good or bad, is one that I can learn from. If I see a number of the same type of comments in reviews, I note what it is and try to improve for next time.
How much research do you do for your book? What sort of research do you do?
I do and have done a ton of research for all of the Boston Metaphysical books (graphic novel and novel). The original research began when I was writing a script for the Sloan Fellowship at UCLA called Stargazer. It was a bio pic about the astronomer, Mina Fleming. She was a Scottish-American woman who arrived pregnant, penniless, and abandoned by her husband in Boston in the late 1800s. She was hired as a maid in the house of the director of the Harvard Observatory. Once he saw her attention to detail he hired her to be a “female computer.” She eventually discovered over 10,000 stars and developed a new stellar classification system.
As you can imagine, my office was stacked with astronomy books as well as copies of newspapers of the time and other historical documents. All of this became the foundation of what became Boston Metaphysical Society.
Why did you write this particular book? (What was the spark that made you put pen to paper?)
I wanted to tell Elizabeth Hunter’s story. She was the motivation behind what her husband did in the original graphic novel series. (BTW, it is currently available to pre-order from your local comic book store (#APR202042) or directly from Source Point Press.) None of the characters in the graphic novel sequels ever knew what she went through or her sacrifice. Thematically, it’s about how no one ever knows when women save the world. To be clear, Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets is a novel that is a standalone prequel to the graphic novel series.
What is your book about?
It is an alternate history paranormal political thriller. Yes, I know that’s a mouthful, but that’s exactly what it is. It’s about how an ex-Pinkerton detective and his upper-class psychic wife must deal with the resurgence of her abilities in a time of political and cultural upheaval in an alternate history of late 1800s Boston.
Give me the first, middle and end line in your book.
A. “I’d rather face a firing squad,” Samuel Hunter announced with all the sarcasm he could muster as he gazed down the gangplank and cringed.”
B. “As he stared into the opaque green liquid it occurred to him that whatever was going on with Hal would never be over—not until one of them was dead.”
C. “I don’t know Thomas, but I think we may have to find out.”
If your main character was one of your friends, what advice would you give him/her/it?
That it’s OK to ask for help. You don’t have to do it alone. Elizabeth Hunter has lived a very privileged life, but that comes with its own limitations. Because the Great Houses are so competitive, she was taught early in life to keep secrets, even though it might be detrimental to herself.
Would you have the main character as a best friend?
Yes. She is funny, smart, adventurous, willing to learn new things, and even though she is very much a woman of her time and world (an aristocrat), she doesn’t look down on those less fortunate.
How did you come up with the title/slogan?
Boston Metaphysical Society is the overall name of universe/series. When I was first developing the series, I wanted a title that evoked the time period I was writing about and that fit it perfectly. “A Storm of Secrets” relates to the overall theme of this novel. Everyone has a secret.
Is there a dedication?
Yes. “This book would not be possible without the support of fans of Boston Metaphysical Society. Special thanks to my beta readers, James Boyd and Dover Whitecliff, and to my editor, Leslie Peterson. And a very special thanks to my husband, David, who believed in this project since the beginning.”
Can you share a few lines from your best review of this book?
Sure. “The story is intricate and is filled with wonderful characters and gripping twists and turns. A Storm of Secrets is the entree into this amazing world and is the beginning of a series of stories, but at the same time it is self-contained enough to be a satisfying single story. It is a terrific read for both steam punk enthusiasts and novices alike.”
Madeleine Holly-Rosing is the writer/creator of the Boston Metaphysical Society graphic novel series, companion novel, and short stories. She has also run seven successful crowding campaigns and published the book, Kickstarter for the Independent Creator. Winner of the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting, and the Gold Aurora and Bronze Telly for a PSA produced by Women In Film, she has also won numerous awards while completing the UCLA MFA Program in Screenwriting. Source Point Press is re-published the first six issues and the trade paperback of Boston Metaphysical Society original graphic novel is currently available for pre-order (APR202042) from your local comic book store or you can order directly from Source Point Press.
Boston Metaphysical Society webcomic was the recipient of an Honorable Mention at the 2013 Geekie Awards and was nominated for Best Comic/Graphic Novel in 2014.
Other comic projects include the short story, The Scout which is part of The 4th Monkey anthology, The Sanctuary (The Edgar Allan Poe Chronicles anthology), The Marriage Counselor (The Cthulhu is Hard to Spell anthology) and the upcoming The Airship Pirate (The Rum Row anthology,) and The Birth which will be part of the Stan Yak Vampire anthology.
The first novel in the series, Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets, was awarded a Silver Medal in the SciFi/Fantasy category as well as The Write Companion Award for Best Overall TOP PICK – Adult, Children’s and Young Adult categories in the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards.
Formerly a nationally ranked epee fencer, she has competed nationally and internationally. Madeleine is an avid reader of comics, steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and historical military fiction.