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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Spooky and Spicy!

In case you’ve ever wondered if a ghost enthusiast can also be an accomplished children’s author, here’s Stephanie to show us how it’s done!

Spooky and Spicy: My Oddly Divergent Interests
by Stephanie Faris

I landed my agent with a tween series I wrote called Ghost Patrol. The series featured a group of tween ghost hunters. While working on the book, I took every opportunity possible to indulge my ghostly interests. I did ghost tours when we were on vacation, watched hours of Ghost Hunters, and even took a ghost-hunting class at the local community college.

I love ghost tours! Have you ever actually seen one?

Have I ever seen a ghost? No. I have no idea why I’m so fascinated with the afterlife…that fascination doesn’t extend to UFOs or government conspiracy theories. Just ghosts. The truly interesting part is that I am just as happy writing about nail polish and cupcakes as I would be penning a book with a supernatural plot.

Fascinating! Do you suppose it’s the same for all writers?

I guess we all have a wide variety of interests. A horror novelist might enjoy watching romantic comedies. I’ve known many romance novelists who were into shows like The Walking Dead. Maybe our minds need that contrast, since too much of something would lead to burnout.

True. Are there any down sides to contrast?

The only problem with having conflicting interests is that it makes it hard to be consistent with your blog. I can go from blogging about true crime or current events to commenting on the latest fashion trend. In fact, even though I’m fascinated with all things girly and love it in my fiction, I tend to want to write about spooky things or mysteries on my blog. That’s good for my readers, since I’m sure many people aren’t interested in reading about cupcakes three days a week.

Ha! Can’t argue with that. Thanks, Stephanie!

I’d be interested to hear if any others have odd interests. Knitting and deer hunting? True crime and baking? Home improvement and cosplay?

But wait, there’s more! Check out the cover reveal for Stephanie’s newest book in the Piper Morgan Series!

Pretty cool, huh? You can read all about the book at Kids+Books+Nature

Way to go, Stephanie!

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today! I just tweeted it--but I don't see you on Twitter. If you're on there, let me know and I'll add you to my group. (I have a list of about 50 tweeters who are the only tweets I ever read.)

    1. My pleasure, Stephanie!
      I haven't ventured into the world of Twitter as of yet. I'm still confused as to how my cell phone takes pictures of the contents of my purse when I can't find the camera button myself - ha! ;-)

  2. it's great to have divergent interests. Congratulations on your new book, Stephanie!
    Although I'm not a believer in the afterlife, I still love a good ghost story - especially yours, Diedre - and have been on several ghost walks in various places. My town hosts one every October. Lots of fun!

    1. It's all fascinating to me! I'm not sure what I believe...but I love a spooky story. I'll be honest with you, most of the time I like ghost tours because they tell you the history of the PEOPLE who inhabited a place. Other places just tell you the facts and the number of deaths in a certain battle and such. Haunted tours are the only way you really hear about the people--how they lived and how they died.

    2. That's an excellent point, Stephanie. I agree.

  3. Aw, thanks Debbie;-) I love ghost walks, tours, sightings - you name it!

  4. So excited for Stephanie. Her research and ghostly activities sound fun. Definitely food for writing. :)


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