In your own words, describe your book….
The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives is a dark tale of magic, manners, and scandal set in 1922. It’s a book about struggles and contests: the struggles of creative people trying to break free from the power of a sinister magician; and the contest between that magician and his personal nemesis, Harry Houdini. Emily Turner finds herself thrown into the mix, her first time away from home in a new job as a domestic servant in a boarding house that caters exclusively to artists and writers. But the magician is returning to the Blank Slate to settle old scores. The book deals with themes of perception and reality – not for the feint of heart.
What is the genre?
This is a book best described as genre-blending: historical fantasy and alternate history told in a literary style.
What inspired you to write this book?
A dream! I dreamed a very vivid scene (as I did for my first novel) and I knew there was more to the story. I dreamed of two young women looking out of an upstairs window onto a darkened street. They see a shadowy man below, and one of the women recognizes the man and leaves the room immediately.
Will this book be a standalone or part of the series?
This is part of a series. For those readers who have yearned for more news of the Blank Slate Boarding House, the story has progressed in the next book whose working title is Mind Blown.
What message would you like to convey with this book?
Guard your mind! The reader-writer relationship is a good example of the magic that happens in the messages imposed on our minds. With words, writers paint scenes in the reader’s imagination. We are surrounded by agendas, and marketing, and intentions, and it’s time to return our minds to critical thinking – to be aware of the magic that is literally around us in the real world.
What books are similar to this one?
I believe readers of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke will find resonance in this work.
Where can readers find your book?
Currently the book is available in print and Kindle version at:
I am currently enrolled in the Kindle Select program, but once that contract is up, I will be adding the e-book to the Barnes and Noble site for the Nook.
Can you tell us some about the writer behind the book?
Chaunce Stanton is an author from St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English, Creative Writing. This means he’s had a variety of jobs over the years. Chaunce and his wife Naomi live in an urban part of St. Paul but have converted their city lot yard into organic raised-bed gardens.
Tell us one thing about you we wouldn’t know?
I attended Bible college for a semester but was asked not to return.
How can readers connect with you?
Please sign up at www.chauncestanton.com to keep in touch with new stories and posts that you will LOVE!
What are you working on now?
The next book in the series – Mind Blown. It is going to satisfy readers as much as it’s going to surprise them.
Do you have any other books released? What is your next release?
My first novel, Luano’s Luckiest Day, is a novel of Magical Realism, and also came from a dream. Mind Blown, the next book in the Blank Slate series, is due for release in 2014.