The Mind's Eye by K.C. Finn: Guest Post Featuring Playlist
Title: The Mind’s Eye
Author: K.C. Finn
Published:April 1st, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: 86,000
Genre:YA Historical Paranormal
Content Warning: Mild Violence
Synopsis: A girl with a telepathic gift finds a boy clinging to his last hope during the war-torn climate of Europe, 1940.
At fifteen, Kit Cavendish is one the oldest evacuees to escape London at the start of the Second World War due to a long term illness that sees her stuck in a wheelchair most of the time. But Kit has an extraordinary psychic power: she can put herself into the minds of others, see through their eyes, feel their emotions, even talk to them – though she dares not speak out for fear of her secret ability being exposed.
As Kit settles into her new life in the North Wales village of Bryn Eira Bach, solitude and curiosity encourage her to gain better control of her gift. Until one day her search for information on the developing war leads her to the mind of Henri, a seventeen-year-old Norwegian boy witnessing the German occupation of his beloved city, Oslo. As Henri discovers more about the English girl occupying his mind, the psychic and emotional bonds between them strengthen and Kit guides him through an oppressive and dangerous time.
There are secrets to be uncovered, both at home and abroad, and it’s up to Kit and Henri to come together and fight their own battles in the depths of the world’s greatest war.
turned sharply to face him, searching his deep brown eyes. “I don’t want you to
go,” I said, racing to find his hand to hold it tightly.
won’t really be gone,” he replied, “You’ll always be able to find me.”
not the point,” I said, my curls shaking as I trembled, “This is dangerous
Henri, this is war.”
forget where I’ve been already,” he said, turning his face away to focus hard
on the distance. He kept a firm hold of my hand and gave it a good squeeze.
“You came to my head in the quiet times, the safe times. But I’ve already seen
the destruction, the danger and the death, Kit. I think there are two types of
people during war: those who see the horror happening and run away, never
looking back, and those who want to do something about it.” I felt his other
arm pull me in closer against his strong body. “You know which type I am, so
you know I have to go.”
couldn’t say anything, because it was all true.
8 Great Songs to hear with a copy of The Mind’s Eye
A selected playlist of songs which inspired me during
the writing of The Mind’s Eye.
1.Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye) – Vera Lynn
Give me a smile I can keep all the while
In my heart while I'm away
Till we meet once again, you and I
Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
anyone who has already read The Mind’s Eye will know, this song is the one that
the children being evacuated from London start to sing on the train. This song
is taken straight from British History as an anthem of the Second World War so
it’s the perfect introduction to the atmosphere of the tale and the wartime
spirit of Keep Calm and Carry On that all the characters in the novel try to
2.Under The Weather – K.T. Tunstall
And it's simply irrational weather
Can't even hear myself think
Constantly bailing out water
But still like I'm gonna sink
lyrics of this song really represent a lot of things about the main character,
Kit, at the start of the novel. Just like the world around her, Kit feels like
she’s trapped under a black cloud because of her physical disabilities and
she’s struggling with feelings of frustration and sadness. These are only
exacerbated by having to move from the bomb-target city of London to the safe
but isolated world of Bryn Eira Bach in North Wales.
3.More Than Useless – Reliant K
I'm a little more than
And when I think that I
can't do this
You promise me that I'll
get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once
and Henri are both young people trapped by oppressive forces (in Kit’s case,
her disability, and in Henri’s case, the Nazi occupation of Oslo). They both
carry feelings of uselessness in the early stages of the story but it is by
working together and trusting one another that they can both overcome the
challenges they face. I love this song because it’s a combination of feeling
quite fierce and powerful but also having a deep-set fear of not being valued,
which is definitely a huge part of Kit’s character.
4.Dear Darlin’ – Olly Murs
Dear darlin’, please excuse
I can’t stop my hands from
'Cause I’m cold and alone
of all if you’ve never heard this song, watch it as part of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riXwYKM-ggY.
I was watching this couple on Strictly Come Dancing (the show that Dancing With
The Stars is based on) a lot whilst I was writing The Mind’s Eye and the male
dancer here (Aljaz Skorjanec) actually became my model for Henri’s look. I
think this song is a perfect representation of long-distance love and waiting
for that person to come again; an ideal song for wartime!
5.Run – Leona Lewis
Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my
I'll be right beside you
of the most important things for a soldier facing the horrors of war is to know
someone back home is waiting for them to return with arms wide open. Kit’s
psychic abilities allow her to communicate with Henri more often than most
sweethearts would get to talk to their fellas, but all the same it’s her voice
in his head that keeps Henri brave, strong and able to face all the challenges
that his time in North Africa brings him.
6.Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
Just give me another
chance, for I'll romance
Come on and tell me that one
day you'll return
'Cause every day that
you've been gone away
You'll know why my heart
does nothing but burn crying
absolutely love the rock and roll era of the late 1950s and early 1960s, so you
weren’t going to get through this playlist without a song from that time
popping up! This emotional classic from the great Jackie Wilson tells you
everything you need to know about those left at home during the war: the wives,
mothers, girlfriends, young children and elderly people who all had relatives
out there in danger and struggled to carry on with their normal lives despite
everything. In The Mind’s Eye, everyone who lives at Ty Gwyn faces this harsh
reality every day.
7.The Voice Within - Christina Aguilera
Young girl, don't hide
You'll never change if you
just run away
Young girl, just hold tight
And soon you're gonna see
your brighter day
of the most important things about The Mind’s Eye is that it is a book about
personal strength and overcoming your inner struggles in order to deal better
with the outside world. This song is an inspirational anthem from my own teen
years and it still speaks to me when I think about Kit and the personal
strength she develops during the action of The Mind’s Eye.
8.Greatest Day - Take That
Tonight this could be the
greatest night of our lives
Let’s make a new start,
The future is ours to find
Can you see it, can you see
it in my eyes
you’ve never heard this song, please go listen to it! Of course this playlist
has to end on a high note and Greatest Day is the perfect up-beat feel good
song about looking to the future and hoping for a bright new sunrise. Whilst
there is plenty of darkness and tragedy in The Mind’s Eye, there is also a
strong sense of hope for the future fuelled by love, family and personal belief.
About the Author:
Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it’d be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first three novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga, the time travel adventure The Secret Star and her new urban fantasy epic The Book Of Shade.
As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.