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Ann Greyson Author Interview

Birdwatcher follows a family that is searching for answers when they’re daughter is murdered, but find that death is only half of the story. What were some sources that informed this novels development?

Rest assured this novel wasn’t inspired from an actual murder in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, or anywhere else, for that matter. Rather, inspiration for the entire story came from other sources, such as my own imagination. And maybe I shouldn’t be admitting this, but some of it was drawn from the horror films I grew up watching from my era, or those slasher films that my parents had watched in their youth. (Bonus points if you can guess which films)

I enjoyed the mystery at the heart of this story. Did you plan the mystery before writing or did it develop organically while writing?

The mystery, plot points and connections between setting and characters, I would say were both planned and unplanned, so much so that a significant portion of the Birdwatcher story evolved organically through the course of writing the novel.

What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?

In Chapter 45 of Birdwatcher, Millie Dozier, the cabin cleaning lady, encounters the ghost of Abigail Wincoff. Writing Millie’s reactions to the supernatural was fun for me and meant to provide comic relief to this otherwise dark story.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

While I’m planning to write a sequel to Birdwatcher to come out in June 2024, the novel I’m currently working on, Cowgirls & Indians, is utterly different. This historical fiction novel centered on a Cherokee woman named Sequoia is set to release in May 2023 and will have a touch of spaghetti western humor. Additionally, this literary work may be by far the most challenging for me.

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While vacationing in a log cabin in the idyllic Pocono Mountains in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Gillian and Lance Wincoff’s 12-year-old daughter, Abby, vanishes while birdwatching in the woods. Pressure mounts for Sheriff Andy Kirkman and his Deputies, Billy Shipley and Missy Sparks, of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as they scramble to find the missing Abigail Wincoff. The disturbing reality comes to the detective who inherits the case that Abby has to be the victim of a serial killer. In this shivering ghost story about the afterlife and the loss of childhood innocence, murder is only part of the story.


When twelve-year-old Abby Wincoff is murdered by a serial killer on the loose, Joey Marks, there is much more involved than a straightforward crime case. The entire town is on edge as the locals recall seeing the strange man arriving at the grand hotel in the area. They soon realize how easily this serial killer preyed on one of their own. Though ending the life of one of his victims, Abby, this did not end with her tragic death.

Abby haunts the grounds where her life ended as the local sheriff and his deputies search for her. As Marks realizes that he isn’t as inconspicuous as he thinks, the psychopath will soon pay for his crimes against young girls. The story unfolds in a bleak and dark, but unrelenting way that is rich with vivid imagery and intense emotions as the town unravels in response to this horrific crime.

Birdwatcher is a thoroughly entertaining and thrilling novel. This is a great crime fiction story that is infused with a unique paranormal element. The story is heavily plot-driven but is still captivating. The author’s narration is very descriptive, with lively and emotional dialogue and dynamic developments. Greyson writes a gripping, dark, and entertaining novel that blends horror and paranormal mystery elements. It’s a well-written story that will keep readers engaged and eager to learn about Abby’s fate in the afterlife and the fate of the serial killer.

While I thought some of the character portrayal and dialogue could use a bit more refinement, I still found the book to be highly enjoyable. I recommend Birdwatcher for its entertaining storyline and the thrilling developments throughout the book. It’s a fantastic story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and swiftly turning pages.

Pages: 338 | ASIN: B0B6HHKT1M

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Fate Was Doomed

Ann Greyson
Ann Greyson Author Interview

Gotham Kitty follows an alien that escapes her cell and lands in Tanzania where she faces a 200 year old curse and angry villagers. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I wanted a realistic explanation of how the alien arrived on Earth and how it connects to the Chagga people and their prophecy. When captured by the Brozians, another alien race, the Catusapian’s fate was doomed. By adding a twist of fate of the Brozian spaceship slipping into a wormhole and spitting out into the Milky Way Galaxy, the Catusapian, who will become Gotham Kitty to the people who know her on Earth, gets a chance to escape cell confinement and seek refuge on Earth, where she will play an essential role in the future of the Chagga people in East Africa.

Allison Banes is an intriguing and well-developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Allison Banes is a character that is strongly devoted to wildlife conservation, for which she has to be as a primatologist in the making. Even I made her a fan of the late Dian Fossey. But Allison’s devotion to her research not only keeps her family in Buffalo, New York at bay but ultimately leads to her downfall. When she devotes all of her time and research to the alien, you can only expect the Evil Shadowy Figure to go after her.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Perhaps the battle between good and evil is a common theme in literature, but I had to explore it in Gotham Kitty. I wanted the character of the Evil Shadowy Figure to be clearly different than the Gotham Kitty character. The alien character not only represents the fact that humans are not alone in the universe but also becomes an ally to humans’ survival in making their world a better place. But I didn’t make it easy for Gotham Kitty. With the theme of revenge, the Evil Shadowy Figure is able to go after the characters assisting the alien who will inevitably participate in a ritual to end his long reign of terror.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m currently working on Birdwatcher, a psychological, spine-chilling ghost story set in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, set to release in April 2022.

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This heartwarming imaginative story is about a half-feline half-human extraterrestrial, Catusapien, from another galaxy, who escapes her cell aboard a Brozian insectoid cargo vessel and flees in an escape pod after the ship slips into a wormhole and spits out into the Milky Way Galaxy. The spaceship explodes in mid-air and crash lands in the forest of Arusha National Park in Tanzania right before Allison Banes’ very eyes, who is in East Africa working on a Doctor of Philosophy degree in zoology from Cornell University. She discovers the Catusapien sleeping next to the escape pod, takes the alien to her house for observation and names her Kitty. What Allison doesn’t know is that according to Chagga prophecy, the alien is necessary to partake in a ritual that will end the nearly two hundred-year-old supernatural curse of the Evil Shadowy Figure, a havoc wreaking spirit, on the Bantu tribe. Desperate to stop the ritual from happening, the Evil Shadowy Figure, wants to eliminate the alien and anyone who gets in its way including Allison Banes. While members of the Chagga try to find the alien, Cassidy Mkama, an 11-year-old African girl, stumbles upon her in the forest surrounding Lake Duluti. They soon form a lifelong bond and Cassidy names her Gotham Kitty.
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