Ghosts, Characters and Writers

Since you all were so curious and asked me so many questions, I thought I’d answer a few more this week.

Mica asked: A while ago, I asked whether you believe in ghosts, and you replied saying you had a ghost encounter yourself. My question is, if you don’t mind me asking, could you share what happened in that encounter?

Well, you see to me, ghosts are scarier than vampires or werewolves. Probably because I believe they exist. Not that several of my supernaturals don’t scare the crap out of me, but on a personal scale, ghosts are the scariest.

My personal ghost story happened when I’d just turned ten, and I woke up one night to find my great-grandmother hovering over me. She always was one to hover over you, but at this point, she’d been dead for a week! And actually, she was more like floating. She was in a long white gossamer gown that flowed around her, so she looked like she didn’t have feet. She said she just wanted to let me know that she was okay. Then she told me that someday I’d have to give up the rags I called clothes (she hated the new fashions), and I’d be wearing a gown like hers.

My parents still insisted I was dreaming, but I don’t believe that. J

Caroline asked: How can you (and so many others) write stories with so many different characters? 

Well, I could write a story with only one character, but I think it would be pretty boring. I love secondary characters. That’s what Holiday, Burnett, Della and most of the Shadow Falls campers are, and I couldn’t imagine my books without them. Often my secondary characters become so real to me that they demand their own story. Like Della.

Kisa asked: How did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I get asked that a lot, and I have to explain to people that I grew up in Alabama, which is the Deep South. So, we pride ourselves in learning to tell a good tale, the bigger, the better. And growing up in my family, I learned from some of the best! But being dyslexic, I never really thought I’d be able to become a writer. Then, when I was in my early 20’s, I was considering going back to school to become a teacher. But I told my hubby I didn’t really want to be a teacher. When he asked me what I wanted to be, I told him a writer. Wonderful man that he is, he said I should go for it. So, I did. It took me a long time to get my first book published, but I never gave up on my dream.

So, I’m going to ask you a question. After all, turnabout is fair play! Do you believe in ghosts? Do you have your own ghost story?

Come Meet Me!

On Tuesday, September 23, I will be participating in the Palacios Library and the Writers’ League of Texas’ Half Day of Writing Instruction and Discussion. The event is free and open to the public and I’ll be discussing “Polish Me Pretty: Five Tips to Take Your Writing to the Next Level. Donna M Johnson, author of her memoir Holy Ghost Girl will be discussing “Your Life as Story: Transforming the Ordinary, the Tragic and the Dull as Dirt into Compelling Memoir.” Join us from 1-4 PM at the Palacios Library, 326 Main Street, Palacios, TX 77465. Advanced registration is encouraged and can be made through the library at 361.972.3234.

Did you know I’ll be teaching at Montgomery County Book Festival’s Ramos Family Writer’s Workshop on September 27? I’ll be at the South Regional Branch Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380. For more information contact Natasha Benway: 936-442-7727 ext. 6370 or email her at nbenway@countylibrary.org. Hope to see you there!

12 thoughts on “Ghosts, Characters and Writers

  1. Hi CC, its Kellie from the UK. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I definately believe in ghosts. I have seen two ghosts in my life, one when I was 7 and the other when I was a few years older. Of course no-one believed what i’d seen until the second one as my nephew had seen it too. The experience that freaked me out most was when I was 15. It scared me because I heard it but didn’t see it. Me, mom and my sister were in my brothers bedroom on the ground floor and we heard the front door slide open and closed, someone walk up the stairs, walk through the kitchen and across the wooden living room floor above us. The whole thing lasted about a minute. If i’d have been alone, I would have thought i had imagined it but all three of us heard it. Naturally we checked the whole house and there was no-one in but us and the doors were always locked from the inside. I strongly believe that it was my dads ghost. He had died a few days before in our living room. He’d been suffering from cancer of the throat and was bed bound in the living room. My mom said that it must have been dad just letting us know that he was still there. Because he’d died at home they had to do a post-mortem, which is normal, and it was a bank holiday weekend so everywhere was closed. Dads funeral was a few days after what we’d heard and we have not heard anything since that day, but I know i’ll never forget what we heard. I do sort of wish I had seen him, then i’d know for sure it was him

  2. Thank you for sharing your experience! I love how you take the time to post on your blog and answer emails from fans! I am also one who believes in ghosts! 9 yrs ago my 5 month old daughter passed away, 3 months after she passed (and on my birthday) I walked into my room to find her hospital bracelet on my night stand. Wouldn’t have spooked me so much if it hadn’t been in a baby book with other things. Felt like it was her way of telling me she was still with!

  3. I do believe in ghosts even though I have never encountered one in the 17 years of my life. My parents always tell me the story when they used to live in a small apartment after they first got married. It was really scary for them because they moved to the apartment without knowing that someone died there so their ghost was living in that house. My dad would watch TV in his bedroom and the TV or the lights would suddenly turn off by itself. My dad thought it was some kind of power outage LOL. My mom was really scared after my dad went to work which left her alone in the house and she would hear footsteps in the bedroom even though she knew there was no one else in the house. But that didn’t stop her from going in and checking it out. She even thought there was an animal hiding somewhere in the room and searched the closet haha:) What was even creepier was that when my mom was sleeping, she would feel someone’s hand touching her. The feeling was super creepy like a spider crawling on your skin. In the end, my parents were just too freaked out about it that they had to get out of there and find a new home.
    Another time I heard about ghost stories was at my high school. They were lots of rumors about a ghost being inside the girls’ locker room. Inside the locker room there are ten changing rooms, but one of them doesn’t have a door so no one uses that one. I heard that it was because a girl died in there a long time ago. I believe that it’s true because even the PE/dance teacher admitted that she saw the ghost, but couldn’t make out her face. One time a guy from my school needed to change out of his clothes after school after a performance, but the boys’ locker room was locked so he went into the girls’ locker room instead. Ikr? Fortunately, there was no one inside. When he was changing, he heard a locker door slam shut. He must have been scared so he got out of there as fast as he could at the same time a girl was about to walk in. She gave him this weird look and asked him if there were any other guys changing in there and if there were she wasn’t going in. He told her there was no one but he heard a ghost slamming the locker. She just decided not to go in at all.

  4. Thanks for answering my question. I still don’t really know how you can write of anyone else’s point of few, but this was at least something. 🙂
    And yes, I believe in ghosts. I’ve never heard or seen one, but I do believe that they do exist. And if anyone wants to tell me something different, they first have to proof me wrong. But until now, no one did. So yes, I still believe in ghosts. 🙂

  5. Yes, I most definitely believe in ghosts, or I thought I did…
    My friend kept insisting that she had a ghost in her bedroom, that ‘he’ would watch her from her bedroom door and whisper her name.
    Now here’s the thing, I didn’t believe her, cause she lies(A LOT), but she’s also one of my best friends.
    So the other day we were hanging out in her room reading(Yeah, I had insisted on reading my new book, so she read one of hers), and all of the sudden I hear a loud, and when I say loud, I mean LOUD, whisper…saying HER NAME!
    Now here’s the thing, I had asked if it said other things, but she said it only said her name.
    But what made it even more creepy, was when we both looked at each other at exactly the same time.
    She had heard it too.
    Then I started freaking out. Girly-girl style. Mmhmm…it was epic.
    So yeah, I believe in ghosts.

  6. I’m not sure if I believe in ghosts before. I’ve had people tell me ghost stories that they say are real, and they even sound real, but I don’t know if I believe them or not. It’s like I believe in them, but I don’t at the same time.

  7. Hey C.C. I actually haven’t had a ghost encounter, but I feel very much that they are real. Sometimes I get that feeling someone is looming over me or have some sort of image that when I look twice, it’s as if it’s never there. I used to believe I could see them and came up with this entire murder mystery thing in the second grade.
    If it were ever to have been real, I guess I’d be scared to death. I always had a wild imagination and I still do. I get caught in so many day dreams, even though I’m entering high school.
    Okay, can you please give me advice on writing a fully fledged novella or book? I really need the advice and would like to have some help…. I sort of need it after the hectic start of my high school years. My crazy high school start…
    I found that with everyting I do, my time get’s snatched up by something like History, Geometry, Biology, even my Theater class… I want to have free time, but it’s getting swallowed whole like apple sauce! Help! I need it desperately!!

  8. I had a small ghost encounter but it didn’t really scare me, it brought me peace. I have always been afraid of the dead and I became paranoid that a ghost was following me. I told my mother I felt someone following me and she didn’t believe me. I went to go get my brother from a friend the next day and I turned around for a moment and I saw my grandfather. He had been dead for 3 years and we were close when he was alive. At the time I was having a particularly hard time in school. He came closer and told me that he was watching out for me and that everything would be okay. Then he told me that if I ever needed any support I can turn to him. My grandfather then disappeared. Just vanished. I was peaceful and knew that I could ask him for anything. Then I tested it. I was walking across the street at a go signal for the walker and a car ran through the red light. I screamed out to my grandfather to help and suddenly I felt a strong gust of wind that picked up my 10 year old body and deposited me on the other side of the street away from the car. Ever since then I was never afraid of the dead.

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