Sunday, November 8, 2015

RRBC Spotlight Author: S M SPENCER

Today it is my pleasure to host S M SPENCER, 


What is the story about?
The Absent Shadows trilogy is the story of a young woman who wants to make a difference with her life, but isn’t sure how to go about it. When she takes a trip to Australia to spend her summer vacation with her aunt, she discovers a supernatural world that she’d never imagined existed. Her belief systems and courage are tested, but in the end it is her love and devotion that get her through. 

The book is set in and around some of the oldest parts of Melbourne, being the Flagstaff Gardens and Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. Most of what is now the carpark for the market was originally the site of the Old Melbourne Cemetery. The cemetery was relocated when the market expanded; however most of the bodies (some say as many as 9,000) were not exhumed, and remain there today.

The story brings together my love of the paranormal, my desire to remain open-minded to explanations of how the world we live in really works, and my deep belief in the good that resides in most people (even though we all know there are some vampires who, quite simply, cannot be trusted!)

What kind of person is the main character, Lili McIntyre? 

Lili is a bit shy, and still rather naïve when it comes to the ways of the world, but she has a burning desire to achieve something good with her life. She is most definitely not a ‘super human’ or a ‘larger than life’ character. She is just your average girl, who finds herself caught up in a world that is anything BUT average.

Tell us a little about Lili’s friend, Claire.

Claire is perfection on the outside, and a little bit of a daredevil on the inside. She is the high school cheerleader, the prom queen and the girl that always had a boyfriend while the rest of us watched in envy. She’s polished when she needs to be, but a brazen flirt when she thinks she can get away with it. And even though she and Lili are quite different types of people, Claire likes Lili right from the start, and takes her under her wing.

Enlighten us about the setting of the story, primarily the Queen Victoria Markets and Flagstaff Gardens.

The Queen Victoria market is largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. At this market you can find every type of food: fresh produce, deli foods, fast food, meat, fish and the list goes on. You can also find anything you’d typically find at a “flea market” or other outdoor market, including both new and old items.

The Flagstaff Gardens is the oldest, and one of the most used, parks in Melbourne. It is 18 acres of beautiful meandering paths through elms, figs and eucalypts. But it is also the site of the first burials of the new colony, back in 1835, which is why it was originally called “Burial Hill”.

Being such an old area, and one that is the subject of many ghost stories and sightings, it seemed the perfect location for a story about supernatural characters. And the markets themselves were the perfect spot for two of the key characters to work. Sam and Tom work in one of the fresh produce stalls at the market, and this is where Lili first sees Sam.

What inspired you to write this paranormal love story?

I was working around the corner from the Queen Victoria Markets, up near the Flagstaff Gardens. Walking around at lunchtime, I started sensing that this was the perfect setting for ghosts and vampires—and the story just developed from there. Of course, the late night ghost tours I’d done in the area, where I’d learned the history of the cemetery under the market’s carpark and about ghost sightings all throughout the area, really helped. And like many, I was caught up in the resurgence in popularity of vampires.

Where can readers buy your trilogy?

Only on Amazon:

They can also follow me on Facebook at: for advice about upcoming promotions as well as updates on the books I’m currently working on.

Thank you SM for joining us today!  Enjoy your SPOTLIGHT tour!


  1. S M - I love this comment about your writing: "... my deep belief in the good that resides in most people (even though we all know there are some vampires who, quite simply, cannot be trusted!)" Good luck on your tour! I'm excited that the RRBC world and beyond have this chance to get to know you and your writing!

    1. You must know a few cheeky vampires too, eh???

  2. Thank you for hosting, Christa! You were an awesome RRBC Spotlight Author, and I love that you are using your blog to promote another Spotlight Author!

    1. My pleasure! S M I hope you enjoy being in the Spotlight!

    2. Thank you, Rebecca & Christa :)

  3. S.M., sounds like an intriguing idea for a story. Perfect for lovers of vampires and ghosts.

  4. Great post, S.M. Congratulations on being named Spotlight Author.

    Thanks for hosting, Christa!

  5. I enjoyed your interview S.M and I loved Destiny. As soon as I have time I'll be reading books 2 and 3. Thanks for hosting, Christa!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Michelle! Be sure to check out the other stops as S. M. shines in the Spotlight!

  6. A little late but enthusiastic in my congratulations. Thanks Christa for hosting

  7. Ghosts and vampires in Australia! Sounds like fun. Need to take a trip there. Hope you have lots of fun on your tour.

  8. Congratulations SM on your Spotlight Tour. Wishing you all the best.