Lucinda Riley is the top ten Sunday Times bestselling author of The Angel Tree, The Italian Girl and Hothouse Flower (also called The Orchid House). Her Seven Sisters series is inspired by the Greek myth of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, who were said to have been turned into the star constellation of the same name.
The series follows seven sisters, and begins as their adoptive father - the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt - dies, they are each given a tantalising clue as to their past. Each book is the story of one of the sisters as they trace their origins all over the world in spellbinding tales of love and loss.
Here, Lucinda Riley gives us an insight into writing the fifth book in the series, The Moon Sister.
In The Moon Sister, we get to know Tiggy D’Aplièse, the fifth sister in the Seven Sisters series. After the death of her father, Tiggy withdraws to the remote wilds of Scotland. There she takes a job doing what she loves; caring for animals on the vast and isolated Kinnaird estate, employed by the enigmatic and troubled Laird, Charlie Kinnaird.
Writing Tiggy’s story was a very different experience, because of all the sisters, she is the most like myself: she is sensitive, very spiritual, and always wants to see the best in people. It is only when she meets Chilly, an ancient gypsy who has lived for years on the estate, that she begins to trust in the sixth sense that she has always known she has. He tells her that it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home to Granada in Spain . . .
In the shadow of the magnificent Alhambra, Tiggy discovers her connection to the fabled gypsy community of Sacromonte, who were forced to flee their homes during the civil war, and to ‘La Candela’ the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation.
Doing research in Sacromonte and discovering the secrets of the gypsy brujas – medicine women – was a gift, and I am excited for my readers to discover more about a wonderful culture. While Tiggy struggles to embrace her own talent for healing under the tutelage of a bruja, she is also drawn back to the Kinnaird estate, and Charlie . . .
The Moon Sister, more so than any other book in the series, delves deeper into the mystery of Pa Salt and the heart of Atlantis, the sisters’ childhood home on Lake Geneva. The mysterious Zed Eszu also returns and Tiggy is faced with life and death decisions . . .
The first book in the series is The Seven Sisters; followed by The Storm Sister which has been nominated for the prestigious Premio Bancarella literary prize in Italy, The Shadow Sister, The Pearl Sister and The Moon Sister, which is the latest release, with more books to follow.