Monsters, her short story collection to randomly drawn commenters
during the tour. The grand prize to one randomly drawn commenter will be a $25
Amazon Gift card, a copy of These Hellish Happenings
(her first novel) and a copy of Thoroughly Modern
was raised by wolves who later sold her to gypsies. She then joined the circus
at the age of ten. There, she was the flower girl in the famed Bearded Bride of
Beverly Hills show until the act was discontinued (it was discovered that the
bearded lady was actually a man). From there, she wandered around the country
selling novelty trucker hats with vaguely amusing sayings printed on front.
Somehow, she made enough money to go to The Ohio State University for a major
about your current release.
around for almost five years now; trust me, it’s so nice to finally have it
down on paper! It follows a duo of paranormal investigators as they take a case
that’s a little more intense than they’re used to. I wanted this book to be
just as much about the human element as the paranormal element. The people
involved are flawed and (relatively) normal people who have been sucked into
something very paranormal. It’s got a great mix of horror and humor, too. I
never wanted to take it too seriously.
paranormal investigating myself, and I love watching all those TV shows about
it. Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Haunted History… those are my favorites!
I’ve always loved a good ghost story, too, so it was only a matter of time
before I wrote one myself.
could hear shuffling in the kitchen. He ruffled his hands through his wet hair
and walked into the living room.
ghost covered in soot rummaged through his kitchen cabinets, humming lowly to
himself, and he smiled when he found a mug that looked like a purple cat. Its
tail curled into the handle, and this amused him. The occasional spark of fire
flew from his dark fingers.
opened his mouth to speak, but was silenced by, “Well, you gonna stand there,
or you gonna get me something to drink?” The ghost burst into laughter too
quickly and turned to face him. His glowing orange eyes seemed somehow
mirthful, but he didn’t let his guard down. Ghosts were known for their mood
swings. Being reduced to nothing but a mass of paranormal energy complete with
its own electromagnetic field will do that to a person. “I’m jokin’, I’m
jokin’! I couldn’t drink anything anyway.”
smiled. “I wonder why you’re looking through my cabinets, then.”
just pokin’ around,” the ghost answered in a creaky voice. “Gettin’ to know ya.
I’m gonna have to if we’re gonna work together, right?”
laughed. “Really? What can you tell by looking at my coffee cups?”
you like cats? Purple ones, I reckon. You got a purple cat around here
knew in situations like this, the worst thing one could do was antagonize the
ghost. Sometimes a ghost was a little addled
by the dying process. It was better to try to out-crazy a spirit, make them
think you were the one with a screw loose.
a purple one, I’m afraid,” Ras answered, “but I did have a blue one once. I’ve
always been fond of blue cats!”
Close enough, right? And I could tell that just by pokin’ through your coffee
cups. I’m a regular Sherlock Holmes.”
many stories I’m working on right now! I have two projects that I’m getting
ready to edit, but the next book I’m planning to write will be this year’s NaNo
project. In my last book, Thoroughly
Modern Monsters, I had a short story about a siren who worked for a
carnival; my next book will be a sequel to that story. It follows the story of
what happens to said siren (named Quinnish Stern) after he leaves the carnival.
18, I won a state-wide writing competition and got this big ol’ trophy for it
and everything. That was the turning point for me. That was the first time I
wrote something and thought, y’know, I don’t think I just want to do this as a
hobby; I want to put serious time and effort into it.
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
unfortunately, not a full time writer, and when I’m not writing, I work at a
well-known department store that I’m sure most of you in America have shopped
at before, haha! My schedule is a little strange and irregular there, so I do
my best to work around it and get writing in whenever I have free time.
whole scenes in dialogue before I add any narration whatsoever! Also, I must
have tea while I write.
when you grew up?
librarian! The funny thing is that throughout my later childhood and my teenage
years, I wanted to be a thousand other things (an actress, a teacher, a vet)
and next year I’m going for my Master’s in library science. Haha! So, I
obviously should’ve just listened to my inner child in the first place.
with the readers?
hope you enjoy the book if you decide to pick it up! I’ve had more fun writing The Beldam’s Eye than I’ve ever had
writing anything else!