Cam Shaw is hoping that her life will be ghost-free from now on. But that hope dies with the appearance of Mac “the Faker” Green, a wise-cracking ghost from Vegas who has followed her grandmother home. And during the opening night of Blithe Spirit, someone has sent Susan Ingram to her ghostly afterlife. What does her death have to do with the death of her mother-in-law fifty years ago? Who is trying to wipe out the Ingram family one person at a time? And when will that Vegas ghost stop sticking his nose into Cam’s business?
Let me tell you a story:
“Pulling her red Mistubishi into the driveway of the duplex, Teresa got out of the car, opened the trunk and started to unload the groceries. Taking one load inside, she put them on the kitchen table, went back outside and grabbed a few more bags.
She was excited about the new chapter of their lives that was about to start. She and her new husband had built a house in the next town over, and they would soon move into it with their eight-year-old son. There was still so many things to do, and so much packing that still had to be done. But it would all be worth it when they finally got settled.
After taking in the last load of groceries, Teresa went back outside to close the trunk, when she noticed that something had slipped out of one of the bags, and had ended up against the back of the trunk. Saying a couple of choice words, she leaned against the bumper of the car and reached as far as she could to try and grab the item.
Suddenly, a sharp pain in her right ankle made her scream bloody murder. Hopping on one leg, she spun around, sat down on the bumper, and grabbed her ankle. She didn’t need a doctor to tell her that she had just torn the ligaments in her ankle again. At least it wasn’t like the last time. She had torn them that time when she stepped up on the toilet lid to get something from the top shelf of her medicine cabinet!”
Sounds funny, doesn’t it? I’m sure you can’t imagine that ever happening to anyone, but truth be told, it did. This was totally autobiographical. My friends call me Queen Klutz, mainly because the way I usually hurt myself is just too funny to be believed.
That’s the goal of any writer: to tell a story to their audience. Whether it’s a funny story about an awkward moment, or a spine-chilling one about a scary trip to the cemetery, we want to make you feel like you are right there, watching it happen.
My stories are carried by the characters, because it’s their story I’m telling. I’ve had many people tell me that they love the way I write, because they feel like they are right there, hearing the conversations, seeing their interactions with each other. That’s music to my ears!
I write because I love to tell stories. And the stories I tell are ones that I would read myself. They aren’t graphic, gory, or explicit. They are mysteries with surprise twists and turns; they make you laugh, gasp, and sometimes even cry. But by the end of the story, you’ll be asking, “When is the next one coming out?”
A good storyteller always leaves them wanting more. Maybe I should tell you how I broke my arm when I was in the fourth grade. It involved someone twice my size, and a concrete slab. Nah, I’ll save that one for next time…
About the Author
I’m the daughter of a semi-retired Methodist minister, and have spent most of my life living in Texas and New Mexico (no, I am not a native Texan; I was born in the state of Washington). I graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in 2000. I taught school for a couple of years before realizing that I really wanted to spend my time writing.
I’m a daughter, mother, wife, sister. Currently, I live in North Texas with my husband (still getting used to being an empty nester!). I love sports, and spend my free time harassing my husband about his Cowboys losing to my Redskins (and Steelers). Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner? is my tenth book (second book for the Ghostwriter series). I also write the Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries (next book for this series is Death Drives a Zamboni).
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