How a ghost hunt became a book

Spark an idea. Write a book.

Writers are great collectors and hoarders of snippets, conversations, ideas and experiences. You just never know what tiny spark could conflagrate into a raging fire of words. That’s the hope anyway. I keep a physical folder filled with such writerly tinder. I also have ginormous Evernote file filed with news of the weird where I collate stories and potential characters that catch my eye online.

Facebook and Twitter are virtual breeding grounds of stories ideas.

I’m also a big fan of taking advantage of opportunities when they arise because you never know what small or large life experience might one day lead to something amazing, like a 70K novel. That bucket list of yours? Heck, you could write a story about every ONE of those adventures. Of course, I would have to work a monster into it at some point because…well…monsters.

When I got a chance to go on an actual ghost hunt with The Ozarks Paranormal Society (T.O.P.S.)  a couple of years ago. I knew it would be a fantastic opportunity to study the participants and the hunters for potential characters. But it was my husband’s warning that really got my wheels turning.

“What if something follows you home?” he said.

Hmm…what IF!

I’m sure he was worried about a much more malevolent spirit than Tanner, the hero of Haunt My Heart. Still…what if someone found a haunted object, took it home and then accidentally freed the spirit trapped inside?

And that became the premise for Haunt My Heart.

A spark and then lots of “What if…” questions later, I had a book.

Not that it was all rainbows and unicorns writing it. There were and always will be roadblocks, but Newton’s third law of motion applies to books as well: a book, once in motion, it will remain in motion until you finish or give up.

Never. Give. Up.

And if you find a shiny object on a ghost hunt…you might think twice before bringing it home. You might come home with something more than a souvenir.

Want to read? You can get Haunt My Heart here: Amazon Kindle     

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A Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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4 Responses to How a ghost hunt became a book

  1. What a great story about what sparked the story!

  2. We have lots of bits and pieces like that for our books. Great post!

  3. I wish we had found something cool like a haunted ring on our ghost tour. I never thought about it before, but you could spin all kinds of stories off of one. Can’t wait to get this on my ereader!