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Why C.C. Hunter Chose to Write about Ghosts
In my book Born At Midnight, Kylie Galen has a problem. Well, actually, she has a lot of problems. None of them are her fault, either. We writers do that to our characters sometimes . . . We overload them with issues. It’s not easy being a fictional character. On the other hand, it’s not easy coming up with all those issues for our characters to overcome, either.
But let’s face it, issues and problems are what make books and characters special. If a character had a perfect life, she would be perfectly boring. Then you readers wouldn’t be happy. So I give my characters plenty of problems just to make you, the readers, happy. So Kylie can’t get mad at me, it’s you, the readers, she can blame for all the crap that happens to her. LOL. And for sure, Kylie’s got her share of issues. As the book opens, one problem sticks out more than others–she’s acquired a stalker.
She didn’t think things could get any crazier, but she’s wrong. When she finally points out this freaky stalker to her mom, Kylie’s life goes to hell in a hand basket. You see, her mom can’t see the stalker. Kylie is certain her mom has lost it. Ahh, but Kylie’s wrong again.
Kylie doesn’t know it yet, but she’s seeing ghosts. When I first started plotting Born At Midnight, I knew I’d have vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, witches, and faes, but I wasn’t about to let an opportunity go by without adding a few ghosts to the mix.
Why ghosts? Basically, I’m a big fan of ghosts and ghost stories. I like the stories that make my skin turn ultra sensitive–stories that, when I’m reading them and hear a creaky floorboard or a whisper, I practically jump out of that ultra sensitive skin. You see, to me, ghosts are scarier than vampires and werewolves. My reasoning is simple. I believe in ghosts. Seen one actually, but I’ve yet to run across a vampire or bump elbows with a werewolf. Not that several of my vamps and weres in my series don’t scare the crap out of me. But on my personal fear scale, ghosts win out.
Now about that ghost I saw. I was young and my mom and dad assured me I’d been dreaming, but I didn’t buy it then, and I’m not completely buying it now.
I’d just turned ten, and I woke up one night to find my great grandmother hovering over me—again. At eighty plus years, she walked hunched over and therefore she always gave off the sense of hovering over you. Granted, she was the hovering type, and never minded telling you what she liked or didn’t like about how the world had come to be. But that night, the experience was different.
You see, she’d been dead for about a week. And when I say hovering, I mean floating. She was wearing a long white gossamer gown that had lots of material that almost appeared to be several layers of wraithlike material, and it flowed around her so much it looked as if she didn’t have feet. She said she just wanted to let me know she was okay. And yeah, being young, I had been a bit worried about the whole death thing. Then she told me that someday I’d have to give up the rags I called clothes (she hated the new fashions we young girls wore) and I’d be wearing a gown just like hers.
Yes, it scared me. Mainly because I really didn’t want to give up my clothes, and as pretty as her gown was, I didn’t think it was all that cool. Then there was the other fear. Granny was dead, so how could she be hovering over my bed? But in spite of the fear, seeing her also fascinated me. And ever since, I’ve longed to write a ghost story. Born at Midnight just seemed like my opportunity.
So what about you guys? Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever felt that eerie feeling that someone from the other side is close by?
Oh…I just got some very special promo flashlight pens for Awake at Dawn, which is set to release October 11th. And this week I’m giving away one of those pens, a brush and mirror compact, and some bookmarks to one lucky person who is a member of my newsletter list. The form you need to fill out can be found at the “Contact” section on my website. Here’s the link – http://bit.ly/iyFjrX. So make sure you join. I’ll announce the winner on next week’s blog.
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