All Rachel Blackstone wants is to talk with her father; solve the mystery of how he died. Using a Native American ceremony given to her by a shaman, she summons him in this contemporary paranormal fantasy. Instead, a soul intent on revenge slips through and threatens people she loves. Now the Santa Fe, New Mexico reporter must follow the evil spirit, uncover its purpose and send it back. The shape-shifter has horrific powers. Rachel is tormented by what she has unleashed. There’s more. She’s seeing dead people; which frankly give her the creeps. Some are helpful; others lead her away from the truth. One spirit, a lone wolf, seems to have an uncertain allegiance. What she, and friend Chloe, uncover is an earthly scam involving both the quick and the dead. Rachel must play a dangerous game of supernatural treasure hunt to stop the ruthless ghost. To survive, she must discover her own powers during a climatic storm of earth, wind and fire. To fail is to die.
Contains: mild horror effects, profanity, humor.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Good heavens, there are so many genres I couldn’t begin to say. But writing in the paranormal realm does give a writer lots of room for imagination to go wild. I can mix in fantasy, mystery and some surprises along the way.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing. And if fiction doesn’t publish right away, try journalism. It is an excellent teacher for the fiction writer as well. Deadlines are great incentive. If you don’t make them, you don’t get paid. Then take that work ethic to fiction. Set your own deadlines, and keep them.
Walking several beats, reporter G G Collins racked up a lot of column inches, a few awards and a writing fellowship at Duke University. She never met a story she didn’t like, although some interviews were challenging, a few obnoxious. But reporting is always exciting, exploring the rooftops of skyscrapers, meeting in clandestine locations, getting an exclusive story, and occasionally being a tad alarmed at someone’s behavior. (Know where the exits are!) It’s all in a day’s work. Of course, there’s the ever present question of how to dress: jacket for the interview with the visiting entertainer or jeans for the aviation hangar story? Forget wardrobe, make sure there are notebooks, recorders and extra batteries.
But there was another side lurking, just waiting to write its way out. This side of her personality is fond of the strange, the frightening, the metaphysical. An avid reader since childhood, she began her reading career with Shirley Jackson’s “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” Later, she couldn’t wait to get home after school and watch “Dark Shadows.” From there, Stephen King was but a small leap.
The day she discovered the Hopi ceremony to call back the dead, she just had to ask the question: What would happen if the wrong spirit came back? “Reluctant Medium” resulted.
Besides writing and reading, Collins enjoys travel, hiking, movies and arts. Most days, she lives above the northern Horse Latitudes.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Reading about a real Native American ceremony to return the dead. The first question that came to mind? What if the wrong spirit came back? “Reluctant Medium” resulted.