Sunday, July 15, 2012

What is a Ghost?

A ghost, or specter, is a spirit that separates from a body and continues to exist after death.  This can involve historical figures ranging from queens and politicians to writers and gangsters, many of whom died early, violent or mysterious deaths. Many not knowing they are dead continue on as if they were still alive.  Others realizing they have ceased to live in the mortal world, do their best to get the attention of the living and maybe even their help to move on to the "next world".

Ghost can haunt places, objects, or even people. And some have said they have seen animal ghosts. Even if you don't see a ghost there are ways to capture evidence. Photos are a good way. Orbs and shapes of people have been caught in pictures. Also EVP's (electronic voice phenomenon) have been heard on tape.

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, they have created enough interest to where people have "hunted" them either by hobby or for a living. The number of television shows depicting ghost hunts are climbing. I am a believer, I have encountered apparitions, caught evp's, and have the feeling of being watched while home alone.

I decided to write a fun ghost story, one that kids will enjoy reading and not hide under the covers when night comes. My ghost is fun, friendly, and maybe a little pushy. But all in all, he is one "live" character, if you'll pardon the pun.

Until the next post....

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Paranormal Properties

The following is the synopsis for my book Paranormal Properties which will be available Spring 2013.

Jake Weir, while on the set of his parents ghost hunting TV show, agrees to help a ghost investigate a 61 year-old murder.

Jake Weir is not like the other kids in Dusk, North Carolina. Then again, Dusk, North Carolina is not like other cities. Known as one of the most haunted cities in America, behind Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana, Dusk is ground zero for Jake’s ghost hunting parents.

The Weir family has arrived in Dusk eager to scope out some of the town’s 127 reported “paranormal properties,” which just happens to be the name of their own ghost hunting show: Paranormal Properties.

What Jake doesn’t know, and what his parents could never imagine, is that Jake can see ghosts! And hear them. And talk back to them! This talent comes in handy when he runs into Dusk's oldest, most famous ghost: one Frank Barrone, a one-time lounge singer made famous by his booze-soaked ballad, “Barroom Eyes.”

Frank was gunned down by a local mobster in 1951 and has been searching for his killer ever since. When he learns that Jake can see and hear him, Frank makes young Jake a deal: if Jake will help Frank find his killer, Frank will help his parents find a ghost to film for their upcoming Halloween Special on Public Access Channel #319.

Jake enlists the only friend he’s made in Dusk, an overweight tomboy nicknamed “Tank,” to help him track down Frank’s killer. As clues emerge and old leads heat up, Frank and Jake learn they make quite a team. But will Jake find Frank’s killer? And will Frank find a real haunted house in time for Halloween?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thank you Rusty Fischer!

My good friend Rusty Fischer has been helping me with the process of getting ready for my first book to be published next year.  I wanted my first post to show him how much I appreciate him and his help.

Thank you Rusty!  None of this would be possible without you.

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