12-year-old Pepper’s new friend, Corey, is a ghost, but she doesn’t know it.
Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeist activity, and crystal ball readings propel her toward the shocking end of her search, and an understanding of what it means to be a true friend.
When our turn came, Sage and Mosi ran to the first car, and I climbed into the one behind them. The ride was meant for kids their age, so I expected it to be as scary as a Jack-in-the-Box.
Suddenly darkness covered my eyes like a blindfold. My heart raced. I was worried about Sage and Mosi, but I heard them laughing. Then the thud thud thud of a bass drum vibrated through the seat of the car into my stomach.
Then, flesh slowly covered one of the skeletons.
What inspired you to write this book?
Can you give us an interesting fact about your book that isn't in the blurb?
How did you choose your title?
I always have a difficult time with titles. I brainstormed with my critique group, and The Castle Blues Quake won!
Tell us about the cover and how it came to be.
I love my cover! It was created by Jennifer Stevens who works for my publisher, Beau Coup Publishing. There were the tiniest of tweaks to make after the first round, but right off the bat, it was practically perfect.
Did you self-publish or publish traditionally and why?
What do you consider the most important part of a good story?
The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
~E. L. Doctorow
These two quotes pretty much sum up my writing process.
It’s always difficult for me to get started. For me, first drafts are the most difficult part of writing. But once I get past that, I absolutely love revising—searching for that perfect word or phrase, developing the characters, refining the plot. I could keep revising a story (almost) forever!
How long have you been writing?
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to cook. It’s another creative outlet for me. I also love to garden and travel.
What advice would you give an author just starting out?
My road to publication has been a long one, and I’m so excited to finally have made it to “published author.” I want to tell any aspiring writers out there to Never Give Up. Though this might be a cliché and something you’ve heard many times before, I really mean it. I’ve gone through the tears and depression of all those rejections. But I kept at it. I never gave up. So that’s my advice to you: keep writing, keep revising, keep improving, and you’ll find your dream will come true!
What's your next project?
The Castle Blues Quake
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