Tuesday 20 February 2018

Elizabeth Frith Larssen

Elizabeth Frith Larssen aka "Kind-of-dead Elizabeth" from The Peacock's Pearl (2016) Character Post 3

Elizabeth was born in the late 1790s; the seventh daughter in a family of nine. In 1815, she was engaged to James Beckingham, in a marriage arranged to unite two strong witch bloodlines. On the eve of her wedding, she was handed the Beckingham Bride Chest, a treasure held by successive brides until such time as their eldest sons were married. James's premature death and Elizabeth's distrust of her almost-mother-in-law intervened. Elizabeth married Thomas Larssen to give James' posthumous daughter a name, but she never gave up the bride chest, and eventually James' parents conspired to murder her. Death proved to be anything but final, and Elizabeth was soon back to reclaim her daughter. All was well until she realised she wasn't getting any older. Being perpetually twenty-five and watching her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter grow old has made its mark on Elizabeth. She keeps in loose touch with her family which currently consists of her great-great-great granddaughter Olivia, Olivia's daughter Cordelia and Cordelia's daughter Catharina.  With the digital age, she's had to give up her licence, and avoids being photographed, simply reinventing herself as a cousin from out of town every twenty or so years. She's fond of Cat, her 5X great granddaughter, but with her awareness of time speeding past her without effect she flies under the radar as much as she can, running her jewellery business online (Elizabeth likes shiny things), and remembering to breathe when she's out in public. 
Her current project is to recover the bride chest and the seven jewels with which it was set. To do this she needs the cooperation of Cat, and of a gazing ball named Lucy who is even older than Elizabeth. She also needs to remember the long-dead past, and that's not something Elizabeth likes to do.  
Elizabeth looks like a young Helen Mirren. She's a major character in The Peacock's Pearl, Book 1 of the Cat Mahal is Magic series.  Check it out HERE.


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of February 18th 2018 I STILL haven't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books to come, and I'll certainly showcase those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, just for a change.

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