After the untimely death of her mother and father, twenty-four year old Catherine Morgan leaves the Cambridge home where she has spent the better part of her life, to move to Cornwall. She takes a job as a teacher, working in an old rambling school which has been converted from a domestic home, perched high up on a hilltop, overlooking the beautiful Cornish coastline.
Out of the blue a letter arrives from a bank in Switzerland, advising Catherine that she is the sole heir to a fortune of over thirty million dollars. With no living relatives, save for a great aunt in the USA, Catherine sets out to uncover the source of this staggering inheritance, and to unravel the mystery that lies behind it.
With the help of her great aunt, Catherine begins to dig deep into long forgotten family secrets. Strange dreams begin to plague her. She is haunted by the eerie feeling that someone from her family’s past is trying to help her. Catherine must work to make sense of the past while defending herself, and her fortune, from someone in the present who will stop at nothing to secure the money for themselves.
The Past is Present is the debut novel by Kathleen Webb.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
When did I know that I wanted to be an author:
Many years ago my husband and I frequently travelled to Spain. I always visited the W.H.Smith book store at the Airport to buy several books for the holiday. Upon reading the synopsis on the back cover of many books, I usually purchased two or three, in the hope that they would be worth reading. Out of three books, I would probably finish one, and be disappointed in the others. I decided I would love to write a novel for a good ‘holiday’ read, the sort of book that may appeal to YA upwards. I hope I have achieved this to some degree.
What inspired me to write my book
It was a client in the Salon that I owned at the time. She suggested a very good friend of hers, Val, visit the Salon to give readings to the clients present. I hesitantly agreed. But it was a great success. She gave information to clients, unknown to them and told us the history of the old Victorian House that the Salon was situated in. This is what inspired me to write the book. I wrote the idea for a novel down on a piece of paper, which I kept for several years. Once I sold the business I decided it was time for me to write my novel.
If I could sell my book in one sentence what would it be?
If you like to be completely immersed in a novel, this compelling mystery/thriller is the book for you.
What am I up to next?
I am in the process of writing my second novel “The List of Eight”, about an elderly lady, Elsa, who fought alongside the French Resistance for the British during the Second World War. She found herself pregnant by a handsome resistance fighter at the age of eighteen, and was sent home to England to have the child. My main protagonist – Catherine Morgan (from my first novel) – is given the task of finding the lost child, which was given up for adoption during this period.
Who is my biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration was my husband. He urged me to finish my book. My only regret is that he never got to read it. He died in 2016.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Living in Hertfordshire, Kathleen Webb has always held a passion for writing and since retiring she’s finally found the time to realise her dream and complete her first novel. When not writing she can be found spending quality time with her grandchildren and children and baking delicious decorative cakes.