The #Book That Made Me Love #Paranormal #Romance ~ #ghosts #amreading #amwriting
This year I had my seventh novel, Ghost Moon, published, and similar to my first novel, Silver Lake, it involves a ghost mystery mixed with romantic suspense. In fact, five out of the seven feature this spooky and sometimes steamy combination. So today I'm looking back at the book from my youth that inspired me to write my own stories someday.
I adore ghost stories, which is probably pretty clear from my novels…and while I do try to elicit a few shivers up my readers’ spines, the hauntings in my novels are more mysteries than horror. My plots revolve around a ghost who has some unfinished business that the characters need to unravel before the spirit can rest in peace. After all, even ghosts need goals and motivation to make the story work!
A haunting, an old flame, and secrets from the past...
Silver Lake is a #1 Amazon Bestseller
Of course, romance is a big part of my novels as well, because I love love stories as well! Who doesn’t want to see a meant-to-be couple finally get their Happily Ever After, once they’ve managed to overcome all the obstacles in their way? Readers get to experience all those emotions associated with falling in love while rooting for the characters to find their way to each other.
So, yeah, I have a thing for ghost mysteries mixed with romance. What started this? Well, when I was in second grade, my father brought home the usual weekly stack of chapter books the local librarian had recommended for me. Generally, the books revolved around horses, my main interest as an 8-year-old girl. But sometimes other subject matter found its way into the pile, and this time, there was a book entitled Jane-Emily, by Patricia Clapp. The tag line read “A ghost story…and a love story”. My first paranormal romance, this YA book is both a sweet romance and a spooky ghost story. I was hooked. I read that book over and over again throughout my childhood. I made my best friend read it. To this day, we're both still scared of those silvery reflecting balls that sit on pedestals in yards. Fifteen years ago, I purchased my own copy (finally!) from ebay and read it to my kids. The ghost of 12-year-old Emily still delivers chills even after all these years as she unleashes her wrath on 9-year-old Jane--but of course the romance piece was there as well between the hunky Doctor and Jane's young aunt Louisa.
|My best friend and I *still* call|
these Jane-Emily balls
This childhood favorite has made a lifetime mark, impacting what I write as an author--although the romantic element in my novels is decidedly steamier, as my books are meant for more mature readers. But I still go back to revisit Jane-Emily from time to time--my copy from eBay sits on the bookshelf. And I may never have discovered this book without my Dad's dedicated trips to the library to keep me reading for pleasure.
With Halloween approaching, and many activities still restricted, it's the perfect time to relax and get lost in a spooky page-turning romantic suspense! Many of my books are on Audible as well, and a full list is on my Amazon page. Happy Fall!