What scares you the most?
I was going to say failure, but it’s really embarrassment. I can be a very shy person, and I get mortified way too easily.
What makes you happiest?
My husband! He has an incredible sense of humor, and I love geeking out over things with him!
What’s your greatest character strength?
I’m persistent. No matter how tough things get, or how much I want to give up, give me a day and I’ll pick myself up and keep trying.
What’s your weakest character trait?
The flip side to being persistent is that I have a hard time letting things go. I will try to get something to work past the point where I should have abandoned it.
Why do you write?
I played make believe constantly as a kid, and I never really stopped!
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Jeez, I don’t always enjoy writing now! Seriously, though, writing has always been a part of my life. My parents surrounded me with books from an early age, and as soon as I learned to write I was writing my own stories.
What motivates you to write?
It depends on the day. Sometimes I’m working on something that excites me, or have characters I want to spend time with. Sometimes I’m chasing that amazing moment when things just click and the words flow like water. And sometimes I’m slogging through, and I keep writing because I know that’s the only way to be a writer and get better.
What writing are you most proud of?
My favorite published story is The Perfect Waltz, which was featured in the Aug/Sept 2013 issue of Nth Zine (http://www.nthzine.com/NthZine/current.pdf or, if that issue isn’t current anymore, it can probably be found at http://www.nthzine.com/NZbackish/nthzine008.pdf)
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
My children. They are amazing, caring, unique people, and to the extent that I had anything to do with that, it is my greatest accomplishment.
What books did you love growing up?
My favorite books were The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I read those books so many times that the paperbacks fell apart. In addition to that, though, I also got into Stephen King way too young, which is where my penchant for horror had its start (my dark, morbid streak has very deep roots). I also discovered Ray Bradbury very early. I used to read Dandelion Wine at the start of every summer, and I checked his short story collection The Illustrated Man out of the library at least a dozen times. One Christmas break home from college, the library was having a sale of books withdrawn from its collection, and that copy of The Illustrated Man was on the table! It’s on my shelf right now.
Tara Martin – exceptionally accomplished neurobiology major with a troubled past. Steven Trent – confident political science major with an irresistible attraction to Tara. Paul Stratton – history major who is able to hear spirits. Together, they make up the Society for Paranormal Researchers at their prestigious New England University. When they’re not in class or writing papers, the three friends are chasing their passion….ghosts.
When the group learns of a local retired couple trying to sell a house they claim is haunted, they decide to investigate. As the clues unfold, a familiar spirit interrupts their investigation and Tara finds her life in danger. Can her friends save her before it’s too late?
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Genre – YA paranormal, NA paranormal
Rating – PG-13
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