Small Town Spirit follows a divorced woman who buys a haunted house, she and the ghost become friends and help solve some mysterious crimes in the town. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
For a number of years I had a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. One of the long-time residents of the area told me about a local woman who was visited by a ghost, a long-dead relative. The ghost answered questions that no one else knew, including who did what to whom. Inspired by that tale, I wrote a short story; then the idea of this book came to me. It was remarkably easy to write as the characters appeared and the story progressed. almost on its own.
What was the inspiration for the relationship that develops between the characters?
I write romances and science fiction. I added a romantic aspect to the story and made that aspect different from most romances, meaning the ghost became a romantic figure as well as the detective.
What was your favorite character to write for and why? Was there a scene you felt captured the character’s essence?
I enjoy the main characters but the one who made me smile is Madame Zelda, the town Seer. She had a lot of facets to her personality and I relate to fun, older women. What captured her essence is when she really could read people just by their expression. She felt real to me. My favorite scene with her is when she showed Jen photos of the family that answered a lot of questions Jen had about the ghost, Miles.
When do you plan to publish and release Small Town Spirit?
The publisher has the manuscript now. I hope to sign a contract soon. If not in a few weeks, I will strongly consider self-publishing.
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