I get a lot of questions from fans, so I’ve been answering a few over the past weeks, and I’ll probably be answering more. So her’s another one.
Why did you have Kylie be a ghost whisperer?
When St. Martins came to me and asked if I wanted to write a young adult paranormal series, I really hadn’t written a paranormal book before. The closest I’d come was when I wrote an adult romantic suspense, and the mother of the heroine, who had recently died, was visiting her daughter in her dreams. It was a little spooky and I felt it added a layer of intrigue to the book.
For some reason, I’ve always loved ghost stories. Do you remember the TV series Ghost Whisperer? I loved that show. Well, several months ago I found a new show, Saving Hope. It’s a medical show like ER. Most of the characters are doctors and nurses. It has medical crises and life issues between the characters. But one doctor has an amazing talent of seeing spirits. So, it’s basically ER with ghosts.
Most of the time, he sees them when they are in that stage between life and death. He can be operating on a patient and their spirit is at his side asking questions. It’s just creepy enough that I really like it.
While Shadow Falls is finished, you may think my ghost writing days are over. But nope. I’m just getting started. The book I finished writing in November is a contemporary, meaning not a paranormal. And while there’s a lot going on, a life crisis, a mystery, a romance, friendships, there’s some woo-woo that I think you guys will love. I know I loved, loved writing that book. I can’t wait to be able to tell you more. And I think I should be able to do that in the next few weeks.
But back to those woo-woo scenes. I loved writing them so much that when I was working on the last young adult novel, another idea exploded in my mind. It was so strong that no sooner had I finished one book, this idea dragged me back into my office, plopped my butt back in my desk chair, and screamed, “Write me now!”
So that’s exactly what I’m doing. This one doesn’t just have a little woo-woo, it’s jammed packed and busting at the scenes with woo-woo. My poor heroine has enough on her plate being the new kid in school, but then she’s also concerned about her dad who seems to be going through something, but isn’t telling her what it is. The dad, who worked at the same place for over fifteen years, now can’t seem to hold down a job. But the ghosts don’t seem to care that her life is an accident waiting to happen. The dead knocking on her door all need something, and she’s their only hope. They aren’t about to let her off the hook.
So while trying to deal with her own life crisis, she has to deal with their crises as well. Some of their issues are easy to solve, like finding their pet a new home. Others, however, bring her face to face with evil, and make her realize there are scarier things than death.
I’ll be sharing more about my next two books soon. I promise. Meanwhile, one person who tells me what they are reading, or mentions a scary book or movie they’ve read or seen, will win a bag of C.C. Hunter swag.