What inspired you to write this book?
I loved to read when I was a young girl. I have always wanted to create the worlds I lived in when I was reading a story. In High School I use to write short stories and show my friends. I never submitted anything because I thought I was not good enough to get published.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?
All my characters except Tank have been named after people in my life. Jake Weir was named after two people who have passed. Frank is named after Frank Stallone because I used his personality and it made it easier to connect while writing him. Jakes mother Stephanie is named after a friend of mine and his father Dennis is named after a boyfriend from 20 years ago that had a huge impact on my life.
What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
My favorite scene would be chapter four. I made the live world seem dead and the dead world really alive. I am most proud of that scene.
What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?
I traveled to Tombstone Arizona when the ghost hunters were taping. At the time I did not realize it would be used as research, but I did fall back on it at times.
Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?
I had a hard time getting this story down on paper. I was frustrated and wanted to give up. I don’t remember where but I saw that if you take 5 to 10 minutes a day to write just one page and fine tune it, you could end up with a book a year. So at 5am every morning after my coffee was done I’d sit at the computer and would write one page and made sure it was pretty decent before I saved it. That process worked like a charm for me! Before I knew it I could do a few pages each day.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
When I actually had my contract from a publisher in hand. Until that point I wasn’t sure I was actually a writer.
What was the last amazing book you read?
I would have to say the Hunger Game series. I was totally sucked in and could see myself as Katniss.
Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?
I love lounging on the couch while reading. I either read sitting up wrapped up in a blanket or laying down propped up on pillows. It’s like Heaven to me.
What can readers expect next from you?
I am now writing a book called Entwined Courage. It is about a planet where dark and light mages rule together to keep the balance. But a dark mage decides he should be the only ruler and has his squire steal the source of power, an orb. The squire gets second thoughts about it and hides it in a young girls knapsack that is visiting. When the dark mage finds out he goes after the girl and the squire gets to her first and they run to keep the orb safe. They have quite a few adventures, some that don’t even pertain to the orb. I am really excited about this book.
Where can readers find you on the web?
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Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
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Jodie Pierce's Ink Slinger's Blog
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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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