Gunvor Johansson Kickstarts a brand new novel

I am pleased to welcome Gunvor Johansson to my blog today to talk about her brand new novel, The House by the Lake.  I will hand over to Gunvor to tell you more…

My name is Gunvor Johansson and I have finished my first adult novel, which has taken me about three years. Mind you, I haven’t worked on it every day and I have also written two children’s books at the same time. 

The House by the Lake is a supernatural drama with a two-tier timeline, Cumbria in 1902 and Bristol in 2005. I am launching a Kickstarter, which is a crowd-funding event, but also good publicity and a useful marketing tool.  The event was launched on 7 March and you can read more about it in this Facebook post.

The Kickstarter link is  which will take you directly to the site. (You can also go to: and search for ‘The House by the Lake’.)

The Kickstarter will run for 20 days and I will update it daily with extracts from the book.  If you are able to support it by sharing and liking the posts, that would be great. I know it’s a big ask, but every little helps!  Thank you so much!

The House by the Lake

Ellen, a young business woman, is compelled to visit the Lake District, drawn by the mysterious pull of a house depicted in a painting. A transformation takes place and she becomes Lenora, a woman who lived at the turn of the twentieth century. Fascinated and intrigued, Ellen begins to lead a double life; as Lenora in 1902 and as herself in Bristol in 2005.

When Ellen returns to her life in Bristol, she retains the memory of what has taken place at Lakeside House. She becomes obsessed with Lenora and wants to spend as much time at Lakeside House as possible. She is sure that she has been sent to help, but she cannot work out how.

Ellen is forced to see this through to the end; to find out what has brought her to this house and why. This is not what she believes it to be; the reason is far more sinister…

Loyalty, love, desire, sex and greed are the main ingredients in this tale.

About the author

Gunvor Johansson was born in the north of Sweden and grew up with spectacular displays of northern lights in winter, and midnight sun in summer. In her late teens she came to England and her first year was spent in Guildford, where she studied English. Her intention was to stay for a year, but still here she now lives on the south coast, near Chichester.  She is also the author of six children’s books and The House by the Lake is her first adult novel.

Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s and beyond. She has published six Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s and 1970s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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