I thought that I might work out some of the ideas in public though and so today here are a few of them.
My influences are Sleeping Beauty - the innocent condemned by a curse - who lives in an undead way for hundreds of years. The Prince who brings her back to life with love. The Secret Garden - a lonely child who is taken from all she knows and put into a strange house that has a secret. The Canterville Ghost - where there is a one aware person and a tragic ghost in a castle that no one else can see and who is redeemed by love. And, above all by the late great Roald Dahl who wrote what children really want to read about - definitely not politically correct!
In this context, here is the idea for the story.
Banished Rusian billionaire Sergei has renovated a castle in England for his wife, Oxanna. The couple travel all the time and their 10 year old son, Sasha is left in the castle for the summer holidays with only the house keeper Irene and the driver, her husband Bryan. There is something warm and wonderful about Bryan and Irene but also something strange.
All the castle is completely modernized except for the old tower. That is next year's project. Bryan makes it clear to Sasha that he must not go up there. It is not safe. But of course, what 10 year old lonely boy would not rise to the challeng?
The book opens hundreds of years earlier. We are at the scene of a massacre. We find a strange looking couple looking though a castle for the bodies. He, a warlock, has killed the Zombies that have done this.
All the household are dead, even the Earl and his Countess. They find the daughter, Elizabeth. She is still alive but has been bitten. How can they save her? The old woman is a witch and has a plan for Beth. They burn the castle and the bodies of the undead and leave with Beth.
Meanwhile back in Moscow, there is a meeting. The orders for the men are clear. Sergei has to be taught a lesson. The lesson has to be public and be a warning for all who disobey. The decision is to kidnap and kill the oligarch's son and make it look like a simple crime gone wrong.
All these threads expand and then converge. In the end love, courage and sacrifice triumph. You will cry!
Do you have a child of any age who might want to read such a book?