The Girl in the Photograph: Interview with Lissy de Luca.

The Girl in the Photograph.

Interview with Lissy de Luca.

Welcome Lissy de Luca and a huge thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

1) Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Lissy and I’m a thirty-something person who lives in London. I’ve got a half-brother called Jon, who lives near Whitby, and I love art history. I like to volunteer in all sorts of galleries, and I’m afraid my nickname is the Junk Shop Junkie. I have a habit of poking around in antique shops and getting interesting things to pass onto people. Although my friends and family have asked me to stop passing things of that nature on to them now, which I suppose is understandable. I’m also a history fiend and love researching odd things. I drive a little sports car and am, quite definitely, single. I have no intention of ever picking up with any of my ex-boyfriends ever again. Just for the record.

2) Who do you most get on with most?

Oooh that would be Becky. She’s my best friend, we’ve known each other forever, and she married Jon. Imagine that! I still can’t imagine it, to be honest. Why? Why marry my brother? But Grace, their daughter, is utterly adorable. She’s only three, but she already takes after our side of the family the most, I think.

3) Who is the least favourite person in your life right now? Why?

Oh God that would be Stef. Stefano Ricci. We were a thing years ago, and he’s turned back up. To be perfectly honest, I wish he’d go back to Italy. We split up after the Kerensa incident and he says it’s not what I think, but why should I believe him?

4) I hear you volunteer in art galleries, what made you interested in art? Do you have a favourite artist or piece of art?

I adore art galleries. I did an art history degree, which is when I met Cori, and I just loved art from the very first moment I experienced it and started studying it. There’s so much more to what you first see with a good picture, and I love discovering the hidden depths. My favourite group of artists has to be the Pre-Raphaelites. They were colourful rebels, and so interesting. My favourite painting is a lot more difficult to pinpoint. I do love Ophelia by Millais. I’ve spent a lot of time considering that picture, I can tell you…

5) Do you speak any other language? If you do where did you learn them and could you type a sentence in that language? 

I speak Italian. My father is Italian, so I was brought up speaking that as well as English. How about this for a sentence – Tornare in Italia, Stefano Ricci. Lascia perdere! It means “Go back to Italy, Stefano Ricci. Forget it!” (I really hope he’s reading this)

6) If you could swap places with a fellow person you know, who would it be? And why?

Ugh. That’s quite hard. You see, I quite like being me. I don’t know – maybe Cori? She’s so pretty, and she’s got the most amazing hair – all long and red. She looks a lot like Lizzie Siddal, who was Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s muse and the model for Millais’ Ophelia. And I love Dante! Cori’s partner, Simon, works at the Tate Gallery and is an artist in his own right, so she gets lots of arty talk as well at home. That would be quite nice. I’ve known Cori a long time and Simon is just divine, so they’re perfect. And I do have to take a bit of responsibility for getting them together, if I’m allowed to say that?

7) Do you believe in the supernatural? Have you ever seen a ghost? If so tell us about what you saw and how it felt?

Ha! Is this a trick question? Well, I’ve sensed a ghost – there was one that used to talk to Becky, in a strange sort of way, and that was a bit odd and scary. And then Cori said something about a Victorian girl that wouldn’t leave her alone. That was fun and games – not – because it all happened just after I found an old diary and gave it to her. Having said that, there’s a huge, abandoned house near where I’m staying this summer, and I’m sure there’s something about it that’s not quite right. And I’ve seen some odd things on the coast at night as well. Ooh. Can we move on? I’ve gone a bit shivery.

8) What do you believe your main propose in life is? And how far will you go to achieve it?

I don’t know. I like to make people happy, I suppose. I mean, it’s sort of thanks to me that Becky and Jon got together, and then Cori and Simon got together; like I say, but beyond that, I don’t really know. And I’ve rented this house for the summer, to help my friends out, if that makes a difference? I did it because they all wanted somewhere to do a photography and art project, and this house has a wonderful private beach, so it just seemed perfect. I hope they think it’s perfect too.

9) Have you ever done something unforgivable to a past love? If so why? Was it revenge?   

Me? Well. I did throw quite a few things at Stef when we were in Cornwall. In fact, it was a complete waste of a picnic, but I stopped myself from throwing the wine bottle at him. I didn’t stop myself from throwing the jam jar though, and that sort of shattered. He says he cut himself on the glass and he’s still got the scar; but he can forget about saying that to get my sympathy. He deserved it. He shouldn’t have been with her, although he says now that nothing was going on. I tell you this, it certainly didn’t look like nothing was going on at the time.

10)  If I told you in my world your life has been written about, what do you feel about that?

Really? Gosh. Well, I never thought I was that interesting, to be honest. I mean, I know I’m interesting, sort of thing, but not so interesting that anyone would be bothered about my story. So what happens with Stef? Do I take him back? Because at this point in time, as far as I’m concerned, it’s never going to happen. I just wish someone would tell him that. He’s persistent, I’ll give him that, and Becky says I need to forgive and forget; but you know, I’m not going to make it easy for him. Not at all. I just wish he would understand he’s really going to have to work for it. He is – he’s going to have to damn well work for it…

Thank you Lissy de Luca for taking part in this interview. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.


Blurb: The Girl in the Photograph

What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?

Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait. Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.

Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get. A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realisation. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.

As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.

The Rossetti Mysteries series, published by Choc Lit Publishing:

Book 1 Some Veil Did Fall;

Book 2 The Girl in the Painting;

Book 3 The Girl in the Photograph.

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