Here’s how she explains the collection of short stories on her website:
Ghost stories. Every family has them, not every family reveals them.
I’ve spent the past year trying to determine what writing style and what genre feels best to me for the long run – because writing is a ‘long run’ endeavor. My debut novel (“Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner”) was an act of compulsion. I couldn’t stop writing and found myself writing, at one in the morning, revealing the lives of my well-behaved ancestors – the ones who do NOT come back and haunt.
“Now,” my inner voice told me “it is time to write about the ancestors who DO come back and haunt.” And so I began recalling the experiences that my mother and I have had with ghosts and the supernatural over our respective lives. I didn’t realize until I looked over my list that I have experienced, or heard about, well over a dozen experiences with the supernatural. From the time I was seven years old and experienced my grandfather – the one I knew – crossing back over – through to a recent levitation phenomena; my life has been dotted with sudden, unexpected paranormal experiences. Why? I know some of the answers to “Why,” but not all of them.
The biggest reason why I think I experience paranormal phenomena is that I listen to my intuition. Keenly aware of what is going on around me – heightened awareness – I sense “things” and don’t discount them. The sound of a jug falling and hitting the floor, a cupboard door slamming, all the things that happen when I am the sole occupant of the house. My experiences have led me to believe that I live on my own plane, and another realm – powerful and mysterious – lives on another overlapping plane. There are a lot of people who believe in “The Other Side,” “The Unexplained,” “The World Beyond” I am learning since publishing the first book of my ghost stories series.
In the two weeks since ‘Ghost Stories And The Unexplained’ (based on true events in my life) published, some of these people have contacted me. It’s like being in a ‘whisper club.’ Not everyone tolerates ghost stories and the retelling of one’s paranormal experiences. But enough of us do to make it interesting, and affirming to “the others.”
I’m thrilled with the reception that ‘Ghost Stories And The Unexplained’ has received – worldwide. This is my fifth book (not counting adaptations to Jenkins) and the first one that has sold significantly in the UK and Germany. Ghost stories are, I am learning, universal. So this is what I am writing about now – this is what readers want to hear about – the snarling dogs, the dragging chains, the apparitions that materialize and then disappear as mysteriously as they arrived.
And as people come forward to tell me about their experiences, I will collect those stories and write about them. So…how about You? Have You seen a ghost? Or Two? Tell me about it! I’m dying to know.
Contact me at [email protected] — I am waiting to have a spirited good discussion with you!