Why write paranormal? For me, the answer is simple. I like ghosts.
I believe they exist. I know they exist. I've seen them. I've talked
to them. Some of them have even talked back.
Some people may think that's a little nuts. Some might want to
get me fitted for a nice white jacket, or get me started on the
latest anti-psychic medication. That's why I don't usually discuss
my experiences with the paranormal.
Now that I live in a highly-spiritual area of the country, my paranormal
experiences seem to happen more frequently. Is it because of the
beautiful Black Hills? Or am I just more open now than I was in
my late-teens and 20s? Who knows. Maybe both.
Why I write is harder to explain. I've heard it said that a true
writer can't not write. I'm not sure I believe that. Some days it
would be a lot easier to play computer games or even fold the laundry
than stare at a blank computer screen trying to come up with the
next scene. But I try anyway. I enjoy it.
I've written my entire life. As a child, I published a small newspaper
about the events in my neighborhood. Each press run was one copy,
done on leftover school paper with crayon-drawing images that I
pretended were photos. As I grew up, I went to college to be a journalist.
I joined the Air Force to be a public affairs specialist (any other
DINFOS-trained-killers out there?) and to pay for the rest of my
college eduction. Now I spend my days writing fiction. Okay, some
could say that's what I did in the military, too, but let's not
My first novel, Ghost Mountain, is about a 30-something mother who is compelled by her spirit guide
to help solve a murder. Cerri doesn't want to help. She doesn't
event want to believe in spirit guides. But the circumstances are
too compelling. And the family traditions she's grown up —
and tried to abandon — along with her over-riding sense of
justice ensure Cerri sees this through to the end. I'm working on the sequel, Sleeping Bears, which takes place during South Dakota's "Motorcycle Mecca."
Cerri and I are a lot alike. We're both on a journey that, at times,
seems out of our hands with "talents" we've tried to deny.
But we'll both keep plugging along and make it work to our advantage!