Do you write in different genres?
I am now writing a young adult fantasy called Entwined Courage. I think I’ll keep writing fiction as I love to make up new worlds.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not all ghosts are scary. There are those who are just looking for someone to hear them and help them finish something here on earth so they can move on. And they keep their personalities like Frank does. He is a true character.
Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
I named Jake’s mother Stephanie after a friend of mine. Jake is named after my late husband’s child that died in a fire years ago. And his last name Weir comes from my best friend in my teens that died. So Jake represents two beautiful souls that moved on from this earth.
What books/authors have influenced your life?
A wrinkle in time was my favorite when I was young. And I love all of Stephen Kings works. I also enjoyed all the Odd Thomas books which is a young man who can see ghosts.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King. His backstory on writing has made me believe in miracles. He struggled for a while before finally getting his big break. I am still hoping that happens for me.
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
I have one more book I will be starting after Entwined Courage is finished. It is a young adult book. I can’t give anything away yet, it is still in the planning process. I hope to make it a book you can’t forget even after you are done reading it. I want it to leave a “what if” in everyone’s mind.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure thing! Entwined Courage is about a young girl named Aurora who somehow can see an invisible crystal mage city and is invited to visit. She meets a young apprentice there named Kayne who slips a very powerful orb in her knapsack to keep an evil mage from getting it to try to take over the mage council. Aurora and Kayne end up running from the dark mage and encounters several dangers to try to save the council and their world.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t let anything stand in your way of writing. If you have a story inside you, do whatever necessary to get that story down on paper. You only fail if you never try.
Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?
There is one song that I would love to have as a part of Paranormal Properties. It is “I always feel like somebody’s watching me, and I have no privacy.”
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Paranormal Properties Book One
Paranormal Properties Book One
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Pants on Fire Press
Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 33,000
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/NwIoLYHHznU
Jake Weir, while on the set of his parents ghost hunting TV show, agrees to help a ghost investigate a 61 year-old murder.
Jake Weir is not like the other kids in Dusk, North Carolina. Then again, Dusk, North Carolina is not like other cities. Known as one of the most haunted cities in America, behind Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana, Dusk is ground zero for Jake's ghost hunting parents.
The Weir family has arrived in Dusk eager to scope out some of the town's 127 reported "paranormal properties," which just happens to be the name of their own ghost hunting show: Paranormal Properties. What Jake doesn't know, and what his parents could never imagine, is that Jake can see ghosts! And hear them. And talk back to them! This talent comes in handy when he runs into Dusk's oldest, most famous ghost: one Frank Barrone, a one-time lounge singer made famous by his booze-soaked ballad, "Barroom Eyes."
Frank was gunned down by a local mobster in 1951 and has been searching for his killer ever since. When he learns that Jake can see and hear him, Frank makes young Jake a deal: if Jake will help Frank find his killer, Frank will help his parents find a ghost to film for their upcoming Halloween Special on Public Access Channel #319. Jake enlists the only friend he's made in Dusk, an overweight tomboy nicknamed "Tank," to help him track down Frank's killer. As clues emerge and old leads heat up, Frank and Jake learn they make quite a team. But will Jake find Frank's killer? And will Frank find a real haunted house in time for Halloween?
“Paranormal Properties is a great, family-friendly Young Adult novel about a boy who can talk to ghosts. Equal parts Scooby-Doo, CSI and the Hardy Boys, you will enjoy getting to know Jake, Frank and Tank as much as I did. Now, if only ‘Paranormal Properties’ was a real show I could watch on TV every week…” ~ Rusty Fischer, author of Zombies Don’t Cry
About the Author:
I was fascinated with the paranormal when I was very young. I always felt like someone was around me even when I was alone. It caused me to be inspired to write a paranormal book where a teenager can see and hear ghosts and actually makes friends with one.
I use to love to write short stories in school and always wanted to be a writer. But raising children and working jobs I just could not find the time to indulge my passion. Then my children grew up and I ended up having two teenagers at home who did not need as much attention from me. I started toying with the idea of writing once again. So setting aside 5 to 10 minutes per day to write at least one page I could end up with a book a year. Now Paranormal Properties is published and I have a list of 8 more books to write. I don't think I"ll be slowing down anytime soon.
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