My newest release 'To Have or to Haunt, is a Halloween themed short based on Leah, a vengeful ghost, and Melanie, a determined teacher who is bent on proving Leah doesn't exist. There's candy, costumes, and trickery-all the things that make Halloween fun…and sexy!
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
The history of electricity! Although, not a major factor in To Have or to Haunt, I found it to be rather interesting. So I spent an entire day just looking up information on electricity, when I only needed to verify the date it became relevant to everyday life.
3. Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?
I can't stand when people are standing near me as I write. I freak out and assume they are reading as I type. So I shut down everything until they move!
4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Oh gosh, the list is actually rather long. But I would say it was my mother overall that kept pushing me to write. However, it was my hubby who told me to stop wishing about being published and start submitting!
5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They are ecstatic and proud. My children especially love to brag that mommy is an author! It melts my heart when they high five me for being awesome!
6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
My escape muse is online games. I am a World of Warcraft addict! For the Alliance!
7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?
Currently, I am working on a series…of Armageddon proportions! *wink*
8. How can readers connect with you online?
You can find me at:
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Can Melanie's Halloween bash survive Leah's ghostly tricks?
Melanie Fyre is a passionate teacher determined to raise funds for the town's school. What better way to do it than by expanding the local businesses? All she needs is land. Untouched for years thanks to a local superstition, the Crowe property is perfect. If Melanie can debunk the myth, she can get the use of those 600 beautiful acres. She just has to prove to the town that Leah's ghost is not haunting the mansion, even on Samhain night.
Burned to death and proclaimed a witch, Leah Crowe's soul has been cursed to an eternity of loneliness, all because she dared to love a woman. When the saucy Melanie arrives at her home to throw a costume party that mocks Leah's very existence, the bitter ghost resolves to renew the town's fear of her name. Will Leah's ghost ruin all of Melanie's plans?
That voice… Melanie's head snapped left, then right. "Leah?" On either side stood groups of people, but no one she didn't recognize immediately—even through the plethora of costumes. She turned in a circle, searching for the face the voice belonged to. "You know it's not nice to stalk people."
"I was thinking much the same in regards to someone inviting themselves into my home."
Melanie jumped. It sounded as if Leah were speaking directly into her ear. "Your home? As in Leah Crowe's home?" She laughed so hard she snorted. "So that's what you were doing in the room upstairs…haunting me?"
Once again, Leah's voice sounded near. "No. I had only intended to ask that you leave and take your party elsewhere. I will haunt you if you fail to comply."
Melanie crossed her arms and chuckled. Someone was definitely pranking her.
Circled by a group of men paying homage to her costume, Ally randomly waved from across the room, raising a glass of beer. Melanie smirked. So busted! This scenario had her best friend's name written all over it. She nodded, licking her lips. "Bring it on, ghost chick. This party needs some entertainment anyway."
At the age of fourteen, Ishabelle Torry stole her first romance novel, Warrior's Lady by Madeline Baker, from her mother's glass "no-no" cabinet. It was then Ishabelle fell in love with the idea of new worlds, love conquers all, and the ability to forget the real world as she took on the lives of characters that were just as real as the people she interacted with every day. It wasn't long before her fixation with romance novels landed her in the high school office to collect the books confiscated during the previous week. Ishabelle swore one day she'd write the kind of book that would keep readers so enthralled, they'd too risk confiscation to keep turning the pages!