I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Carrier of the Mark! I loved the book (review here) and was thrilled when I was asked to be a part of the tour for it. Today, Leigh is going to to take us behind the scene of one of the locations for Carrier of the Mark, James Fort. Enjoy!
James Fort is a crumbling ruin of an ancient fort that is only accessible on foot. It sits on a headland at the mouth of the harbor and is surrounded by wild, sea blown landscape. It started out life as a medieval fort and was occupied by Spanish forces during the Siege of Kinsale. It was taken by the English and reconstructed 1602. James fort has lots of little tunnels and steps that lead to places that don’t exist anymore. I used to walk my dogs around James fort every week. It has a very rugged magical quality.
A place where you could sit for hours, tucked into one of the old walls, breathing the salty air, listening to the waves beating against the rocks, and imagining what it was like back when it was inhabited.foot. It sits on a headland at the mouth of the harbor and is surrounded by wild, sea blown landscape. It started out life as a medieval fort and was occupied by Spanish forces during the Siege of Kinsale. It was taken by the English and reconstructed 1602.
In Carrier of the Mark Adam DeRís loves James Fort, it’s his thinking place. It too has echoes and he feels at peace here. It’s where Adam and Megan have a heart to heart, and also where Adam tells Megan the story of the White Lady of Charles Fort.
As you sit in James fort and look out over the sea, you will see Charles Fort just across the way, a beautiful fort that has been lovingly restored. It was built on the site of Ringcurran Castle in 1670. It was occupied by British Forces all the way up to 1922 when it was handed back to the Irish. Charles fort is now to be found thronging with tourists, due to its picturesque quality and amazing history, and it has another interesting guest – The White Lady.
She is the ghost of a young girl called Willful. She was the daughter of the Fort’s Colonel Warrander, in the seventeenth century. She got married to one of his lieutenants, and in a horrible case of mistaken identity, Colonel Warrander shot her husband on their wedding night. Willful, inconsolable over the death of her love, threw herself off the battlements into the rocky waters below, then unable to live with what he’d done, her father killed himself. Tragic. But while Warrander and his son-in-law are at peace, Willful still haunts the battlements of Charles Fort being pleasant to children and downright scary to men. Me thinks she’s a little resentful.
Thanks Leigh! If you want to learn more about places from the book make sure you check out the next blog tour stop on Friday, October 7: Reading With Tequila.
You can learn more about Leigh on her website here and be sure to check out Carrier of the Mark which is in stores now!