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Patricia Crumpler Author Interview

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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Small Town Spirit

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When Jen moves to the small town of Livonia after her divorce, all she want’s is a drama-free fresh start. The last thing she expects is for the ghost of a man whose been dead for over 100 years to appear in her new home. While Miles Hampton has scared away every other resident that has moved into his house, Jen is not so easy to be deterred. Jen finds that Miles is not going anywhere, and Miles realizes that Jen won’t be leaving anytime soon. They come to a mutual agreement on how to coexist in the home they both love. Throw in a few mysterious crimes and Jen’s blooming fling with Lee, the town Detective, and Miles is fit to be tied. When strange things start happening around the town, Miles realizes his purpose is to figure out what is going on. In a fight against Evil, he knows his spirit can’t move on until he completes his mission on Earth. Together, Jen and Miles help each other figure out the cause before it’s too late.

The budding romance between Jen and Lee was sweet. Lee was very patient with Jen and all of her quirks and antics. Jen using Miles’s paranormal powers in order to help Lee solve an ongoing case was amusing to say the least. While he didn’t believe the truth, it was a joke that she was psychic with all that she should have had no way of knowing. It was enjoyable and even humorous as Miles learned about the modern-day world and how much things had changed since he died. It seemed he was in a constant inner battle of the modest way life was in the 1800’s and the looser ways of today. For example, television and how women are ‘supposed’ to act. The way of the world had changed a lot, and Miles was always learning something new.

I appreciated the humor that the author used at times in the banter between Jen and her ex, Keith. He really wasn’t giving up trying to win her back, and she was having none of it. Her conflict between her newly gained independence versus her conflicted feelings for both Miles and Lee brought a smile to my face several times.

It was interesting reading about the paranormal happenings and the fight to restore the balance of Livonia back to good. I like how Miles worked with Brad and how each grew stronger as they learned what was needed around them to help others. As Miles was ‘promoted’ in a sense, he was around less and less, however it was evident how strongly he and Jen felt about one another despite the obvious obstacles of their relationship.

I would have liked to have had more closure between Jen and Miles, but I feel that the ending wrapped everything up nicely. I will admit that I wasn’t quite sure how the ending would go. None of my theories turned out to be correct, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The main characters were likeable while remaining relatable and realistic. The plot was unlike anything I’ve read, making every twist and turn an adventure in itself. Small Town Spirit is a suspenseful paranormal novel that smartly adds a little bit of humor to spice up a charming romance story.

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