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Life BalanceFor those who’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve likely noticed I’ve been suspiciously absent in my posts for some time. The reason is simple; life keeps getting in the way.

I didn’t set out to let this happen. Each day and each week kept getting busier and busier with so much stuff, and I told myself I’d get back to my blog next week. I didn’t. Then I realized I needed time to attend to life’s duties and the increasing demands to get my current WIP edited and in to my publisher. For those who aren’t writers, let me tell you, editing is a loooong, sloooow process that drives writers crazy. We can’t hurry it along (although we desperately want to), and we can’t take short cuts. It takes as long as it takes, and it’s not the fun part of writing. Still, it’s absolutely essential to creating something you want to put out there in a public format and ask people to purchase with their hard-earned dollars. In the end, it’s time well spent.

I’m also working with a new publisher, Books We Love (BWL). They are a Canadian publishing company that I have to say that I’m enjoying working with so far. They’ve been quick to respond to my emails and questions, and they’re diligent about staying on top of everything from editing to cover art and final preps for publishing a book. I like that, but it does mean I’m having to learn (and in some cases, re-learn) what I thought I knew about publishing, but that’s all to the good too.

The problem, as I was starting to see it, is that life kept getting in the way of my writing work. I started resenting not having the time to attend to my duties as a writer, or get the next blog posts written and published, or even breathing, it seemed.

Stumbling blockSo, I’m headed down one road when suddenly I’m tripping and stumbling over blocks in the road. I’m thrown on my ass, and it takes a while to figure out which way is up. We’re still dealing with the realities of aging parents and Alzheimer’s with my mother-in-law, a disease that we’ve all learned to hate (are there any diseases we don’t hate?). We’re coping.

Then I had a set-back with my own health issues. I have Sjogren’s Syndrome . The dry eyes and mouth associated with the condition worsened in about that same March/April time frame. Stress? Maybe. The problem really became a problem when my eyes became so dry, despite multiple applications of special eye drops a day, that my vision was impaired. For about two weeks I really couldn’t see well enough to drive. I had to have my husband drive me to a memoir writing workshop I was giving in a nearby town, and after the workshop I had to hightail it into the bathroom to insert more drops for the drive home. Eventually that issue resolved itself as well and I’m back to normal, whatever normal is for me.

I was actually going along pretty good for a month or so, until we put our park model home on the market so we wouldn’t be carrying two residences each month. Good news. We sold it. Woo Hoo! Oh, then I realized I would have to leave the wonderful area of Grand Bend and Port Franks, Ontario and live only in the city. That really bummed me out for a while. I also knew I’d miss the “mini house” and all the memories associated with it. I’d miss living up near the lake and being able to slip down to the beach at a moment’s notice. I was sad to be putting aside another chapter in my life.

Along with the sale came the stress of moving everything we owned out of it and figuring out what the heck to do with all the stuff we’d accumulated there over the course of five years! I’d just moved back to the city in December, remember? Now I was having to downsize yet again, and amalgamate, give away, or throw away more stuff. That all takes time. Time I wasn’t writing. Time I wasn’t editing. Time I wasn’t blogging, or reviewing books, or interviewing other writers.

ConnectionWhat I did do was stay current on social media through all of it. It kept my hand in the game, which kept me up to date on what’s been happening with who. I read writing related articles of interest galore. I wrote when I could. I edited when I could. I gave myself permission to do what needed to be done and not beat myself up too much over it. I also periodically vented to my husband. He’s an excellent listener, so his ears got a good workout. I’m grateful for his patience, believe me!

This past six months has served to remind me that I can’t control everything. I have to “Let go, and let God,” as I’ve heard the expression said. I’ve learned that sometimes good enough has to be good enough. I also knew that some things would just have to work themselves out. I consoled myself over the sale of my mini-house by acknowledging that it was a good, sound financial decision to sell. The single woman who bought it was thrilled to have her own little place with a good-sized garden and beautiful view of the wooded area across the street. I’m sure my old neighbours welcome her into their midst, and I sincerely hope that she’s able to settle in and make it her own.

Blue Starburst by Debbie McClure

Blue Starburst by Debbie McClure

Surprising, to me at least, is the fact that I discovered a new creative outlet. I began experimenting with acrylic abstract painting and I love it! I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler (my son, brother, and grandson can, but I’m hopeless). What I do have is imagination and a good eye for colour, or so I think. I’ve even started doing a few large paintings for family and friends who’ve requested them, so that’s pretty cool. I’m not a professional painter, by any means, and I’ve hated some of what I’ve created, but as with writing, I can go back and fine-tune, or erase what I’ve done and start over. It’s become a great stress reducer, and I believe it stretches my imagination in other ways I hadn’t encountered before. It’s also a great way to just zone out, and sometimes that means I’m able to work through writing issues, without having to actually work at it. I like that.

The King's Consort Cover ArtIn the meantime, I’m happy to announce that my most recent (bio) historical fiction novel is finally done! This book has been a long labour of love, since my mother tells me her paternal great aunt claimed we are related to Louise Rasmussen, Countess Danner. Whether it’s true or not, I became intrigued by Louise and King Frederik VII of Denmark’s remarkable love story, and knew I had to write my (fictionalized) version of it. For information and a brief synopsis of the story, head over to the Amazon link provided below.

The great news is that my publisher let me know that we’re looking at an e-book release date of September 10th, 2016 for The King’s Consort-The Louise Rasmussen Story, followed by a print release a few weeks later. For anyone interested in ordering their copy right away, it’s available for pre-order now (see link above). I’m so excited! I’m also extremely nervous (that’s another post). It has taken me two years to get this book to this point, and now I’m standing on the threshold of seeing all that hard work come to fruition. Yikes! I truly hope you enjoy it, and if so, please consider leaving an honest review on Amazon (it really, really helps the writer), email me, or drop me a line on the blog, and of course, share the news with your family and friends.

As for what’s next, well, I’m in the process of getting my first two books, In The Spirit Of Love and In The Spirit Of Forgiveness, re-released – complete with new cover art and titles (details to follow once I have them). My plan is to re-release these two books and follow them up with a new series that continues Sir Richard and Claire’s story, and adventures. I’m really excited about that too, so check my website periodically, or social media sites, for new information. I have a second (bio) historical romance novel I started working on several months ago, and am itching to get back to, so it’s in the works for a little further down the line.

I’ve settled into our city house and am loving my little courtyard garden. The weather has been hot and summery. My family are all doing well, and I have my life back—for now. I know life will rear its head again soon, but today I’ll celebrate the good things and not worry about what’s around the corner.

We all go through life challenges. How have you dealt with some of yours lately? Share ideas for what’s worked for you – you never know who might benefit from your insight and wisdom. Thank you for sticking with me, and I’ll talk to you soon. Promise!

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Success through Failure

Success through Failure

As an emerging writer, I’m often faced with having to work through my fear of failure. It seems as if I’ve failed at so many things, I should be an expert at it by now. My first marriage failed dismally, and I’ve failed at virtually every job I’ve ever taken on. Then I got into writing, and the very nature of that beast means I’ll be met with failure, rejection, and more failure. I’m not a masochist, honestly. I’m just determined to continue moving toward what I do want, rather than settling for something close to it.

For years I was a single parent, raising two kids, and living on the poverty line. I had no job, no money, and was at the lowest point in my life. I couldn’t see how I was ever going to turn my life around, but I always thought I would. I believed that I could achieve better than my circumstances at the time. I was right, but it didn’t come easy. It never does.

When I talk to people who attend my book signings and library readings, I hear so many of them tell me they always wanted to DO something. They had a dream that they let slip through their fingers. Or worse, they feared failing if they tried. I get it. I know what it is to face your fears, and try to step beyond them. I also know that failure isn’t just a possibility when you reach for your dreams, or a life you want to have, it’s guaranteed. What helps me is to remember that I’m not alone. In fact, I’m in some of the greatest company possible. JK Rowling comments often that she felt like a colossal failure for most of her life, before publishing the Harry Potter series of books. Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, received 144 rejections before landing a publisher. And virtually every well-respected inventor or luminary has experienced failure on a HUGE scale. So, I figure I’m okay.

Moving Toward Success

Moving Toward Success

Failure leads to learning, and learning leads to success. One can’t happen without the other. I also know that, just like Rowling, had I succeeded at any other job, I would never have begun to write, or stuck with it for so long. That’s the beauty of  life; we don’t know what’s around the next corner, or whose lives we touch.

Just today I watched a video interview featuring writer, Lisa Nichols, the author of “No Matter What”. I was fascinated by her story. Lisa talks about how, in her college days, one of her professors told the entire class that Lisa was “the weakest writer he’d ever met”. That fuelled a fire under Lisa, and she went on to become of the world’s most renowned writers. She didn’t set out to be a writer, but when the opportunity came, she went for it. That woman deserves the praise and accolades she receives, not only for writing, but for speaking out.

With the upcoming release of my second book, In The Spirit Of Forgiveness, I too have begun to take on public speaking engagements. Talk about overcoming a fear of failure! Before becoming a published writer, I’d never dreamed of speaking in public. The very thought terrified me. But I knew if I wanted to get the word out about my work, I was going to have to get over it. What I discovered surprised me. Turns out I love it, and others claim I’m good at it. I soon realized that I had nothing to fear. Those who had come to hear me speak only wanted me to share what I already knew about novel writing and publishing. I could do that. I was confident that I could provide some value to what they were seeking, so I relaxed and enjoyed the process. Even more than the speaking part though, I enjoyed the Q&A that followed. I love hearing the questions and connecting with people. Public speaking offers me a forum to do this, and I love it, so I’ve begun to expand and offer other topics relating to motivation and encouragement for groups, companies, etc..

Stepping Up to the Mic

Stepping Up to the Mic

A few months ago, I participated in my first podcast interview at Eat, Sleep, Write. I was keyed up in fear for days in advance, but on the day of recording, I relaxed. I realized it was just like public speaking in front of an audience. I was there to share what small knowledge I had on the topic of writing and publishing, and of course, my work. It went beautifully, and was fun. As a result of having said yes to the host’s request to do the podcast, it lead to him asking me to pull together a roundtable discussion podcast with two other paranormal mystery writers. I was thrilled. I knew who I wanted, and I knew I wanted it to be as interesting as possible for listeners. As a Canadian writer, I wanted an international feel to the next podcast, so I invited UK’s Karen Perkins, best-selling author of Thores-Cross, and USA Today’s best-selling author, Tonya Kappes, to join us. What a resounding success that has been, with the podcast going live today at eatsleepwrite.net! It was such fun learning how other authors work within the paranormal mystery genre in very different ways. Karen focuses on the darker side of paranormal, Tonya infuses humour into her paranormal mystery stories, and mine, as romantic paranormal mysteries. My point is, if I’d allowed my fear of failure to stop me from accepting the first interview, I would never have had the opportunity to work with Adam again, or with Tonya and Karen on this one.

Now, I’m a HUGE fan of Walt Disney, and Disney World in Florida. Ever since my parents took me and my three siblings to the Magic Kingdom back in the ‘70’s, and after years of watching Disney movies, I’ve had a thing for “Uncle Walt”. What I’ve loved is the man’s ability to move through failures, and he had lots of them, while using his imagination to visualize a future like none other. Many, many times throughout my life, I’ve had to hold on to my visualization for a better future, and I still do, every day. Imagination isn’t just about fantastical or magical books and characters, it’s the corner stone behind virtually every medical and technological development known to man. Someone has to first have the imagination to conceive of the idea, and that’s truly amazing, but its not enough. After all, As Lisa Nichols says, “Vision + Action = Success; Vision + Inaction = Wishful Thinking.” Wishful thinking is NOT enough. We have to be willing to put the action into place and DO something to move us forward to success. Without it, we go nowhere. That’s where so many go wrong. They rely on wishes, good intentions, and visualize the heck out of something, but they stop short of actually doing what’s necessary to achieve their goal.

The other thing I’ve learned is that to succeed at something, you have to have Guts. You have to believe you have the right to achieve the outcome you want, and just go for it. So many times I didn’t try hard enough. I knew I wasn’t giving my previous jobs my all, and so wasn’t really surprised when they didn’t work out. But when I discovered my passion for writing, I knew going in I’d have to pull out all the stops. I’d have to push myself and not allow failure, rejections, or a lack of imagination for the future stop me. It isn’t easy. In fact, it’s damned hard, but it’s worth it. I’m still struggling to make ends meet, and my writing career is far from stellar yet, but I’ll keep pushing, striving, and writing, until it’s as good as I can possibly make it. Oh, I’ll still also wish upon lots of stars, because that’s part of the magic of being human. More importantly, I’ll add a hefty dose of action behind the wishes.

Going to the Ball

Going to the Ball

I guess I’m like Cinderella; I want to go to the ball and dance with the prince at the palace.

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Modern Technology

Modern Technology

I’d never heard of Podcasting, and YouTube was something I watched, but didn’t really understand. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m no techie. I say it all the time, and it’s true. My hubby is my go-to guy for all things technical, from the computer, television, to the family car. Needless to say, when I was contacted by Adam Scull, the host of the Eat, Sleep, Write, a podcast dedicated to writers and readers, I had to ask the question, “What’s a podcast?”.  Adam went on to explain that a podcast is essentially similar to a radio broadcast, except the podcast is done via Skype and sent over the internet. Once live, it can be downloaded directly from his website, iTunes, or a host of other sites ESW is featured on. I was intrigued and excited to participate, but nervous too.

That initial contact resulted in me once again stepping outside my comfort zone. I’ve talked about this before, and as the old adage warns, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. So, I was ready to veture forth yet again and try out this podcasting thing.

To prepare, I listened to about three or four different podcasts with other writers, I wrote down some of the questions I heard Adam ask others, and in addition to the few questions he asked me to provide him, compiled a few answers. Yep, I’m a planner and researcher. I don’t like going into things blind, so I prepare as much as possible. When it came time to record the podcast, I’d already had a brief testing with Adam via Skype, which went a long way to easing my anxieties about putting myself, and my voice, out there. We chatted about how the interview would go, and generally got to know each other a little better.

On The Air

On The Air

The morning of the taping, I took Adam’s suggestion and “dressed for radio”, which means dressing for business, even though I knew no one other than Adam would actually see me. I already knew that being in the right state of mind often includes looking the part, smiling into the phone, or in this case, the microphone and computer screen, and relaxing. It went remarkably easy and I found the whole experience fun and exciting. It took Adam about a week to edit the podcast and download it to go live. I gotta tell you, when he emailed me to say our session was now live on the website and iTunes, I was nervous as heck. I’ve heard my voice on family video recordings, and never like the sound of it – it doesn’t sound like I hear it in my own head, but I hear that’s normal.

We happened to be visiting my son and his girlfriend, so they listened to the podcast with me and my husband. At the end, my son looked at me and said, “Wow mom, you sounded pretty good!” I was relieved, giddy, and excited, although I still didn’t like the sound of my own voice. I honestly don’t think I really took in much of anything, other than listening to make sure I didn’t sound completely ridiculous. In the end, I was pleased with the finished product, and was proud of myself for having taken another step outside that comfort zone.

When Adam asked me to facilitate a  second podcast that would be a roundtable discussion with two other writers in the paranormal mystery genre of my choosing, I was thrilled. This would be even more fun, since I’d get a chance to introduce a couple of other writers I’d been followng on social media for several months. I felt both women would be great additions to the discussion, and chose to reach out to Karen Perkins of LionheART Galleries in the UK, and Tonya Kappes in the US. My thinking was to introduce a “global village” aspect, with writers from three separate countries who are all writing in the same genre, but with vastly different takes on what that means.

Last Thursday, August 8th we “met” on Skype for the first time for the podcast taping with Adam. Once again he made everyone feel relaxed and at ease with the questions he lobbed at us, encouraging us to interact. It was fun, informative, and another great experience for us all. Of course this podcasting thing is also a fantastic marketing and promo vehicle for each of us, and I believe helps in our individual branding. There is talk that that last podcast may be done as a YouTube video as well, depending on how the finished product looks, but even as an audio podcast, I’d be more than happy. Of course if he uses the video, there’s the personal anxiety of how I look, not just sound, to the general public, but I felt it was a great success and so did Karen and Tonya. Apparently Adam thought so too, since he invited us all back for a second roundtable discussion on a date tbd in October, 2013, with new topics. It certainly didn’t take any cajoling to convince the three of us to agree to participate.

Together

Together

To me, the podcasting/iTunes/YouTube thing I embarked on wasn’t just about marketing and promotion, although of course that’s a large component. It’s also about connecting with readers on a different level, branding, and also about reaching out to other writers and inviting them in to participate. It’s about sharing the experiences and learning from one another. That’s one of those bonuses we so seldom get to see, but can create, if we choose.  It’s also about extending yourself and accepting new challenges. From these two recent experiences I’ve learned that I enjoy public speaking, that others who’ve listened to the first taping enjoy it, and that I have a lot to learn from others, like Karen, Tonya and Adam, who are walking the same road I am. I like that.

If you get a chance, please do pop over to www.eatsleepwrite.net and/or iTunes to check out the podcasts and other great information Adam is sharing there, then take a few more moments and leave comments and share the information with your own circles of people who might be interested in these podcasts. For my own direct podcast, go to my website at www.damcclure.com and click on the “Author Podcast Interview” link.

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Fire

Fire

I was reminded of a favourite song of mine the other day, Standing Outside The Fire, by Garth Brooks. The song focuses on the need for people to take chances in their lives and to create the destinies they want. I truly believe that. I always have. I guess that’s why that song, and others like it, strike such a strong chord within me.

When we write anything, an article, a song, a poem, a story, a letter, anything at all, we have to believe that what we have to say is worth others hearing. Some call that ego. Maybe it is, but maybe its also about sharing this human condition of living. I like to think it’s about connecting with others on a basic level.

When a writer writes a story, they create characters who have to DO something. The characters must have a purpose, needs, flaws and desires that readers can relate to, otherwise the story is boring. Plot lines and flow charts aside, it’s the characters who must echo humanity and human lives. Even in science fiction, horror or other genres where the characters aren’t actually human, the characters must exhibit a human character. They have to move the story along by their words and actions, just like we do.

A writer's space

A writer’s space

But by nature, most writers are introspective and can be a little more solitary than some people. We are happiest to sit at our desks and create worlds, characters and dialogues in our heads while putting them to paper, or on a computer screen. Then the book comes out. Now we’re supposed to be PR experts and marketing moguls. Uh, maybe not so much. But if we want our work to be a commercial success, and if we don’t that’s fine too, but if we do, we have to step outside our comfort zone. We have to push ourselves to get out there and promote our work and ourselves so people will know we, and it, exists. I write for two reasons, because I love it, and because I am hoping others will get some real enjoyment from the stories I’ve crafted. I hope the characters will come to life for readers and provide a measure of entertainment and escape. Oh, and yes, I would like some financial redemption for that work. No apology. If I have to make money somewhere, this is how I’d like to do it.

 That means having confidence enough to push myself beyond where I’d normally go. I’m not an experienced public speaker, and I don’t necessarily seek the lime light. I watch famous writers like James Patterson, J.K. Rowling and others who have learned how to reach out to readers and brand themselves to the buying public. Maybe they’re more extroverted than I am, but possibly not. They just know it has to be done, so they do it. I like to think I can too. I’m fortunate to have been blessed with years of watching both my mother and younger sister, Stephanie, in public speaking engagements. Each is amazing and inspirational. They speak about women, to women, and business professionals about creating the business and lives they want. I love listening to them. They are my inspiration. My middle sister, Melanie, runs a very successful business with her husband and has done for the past fifteen years or more. They’ve learned a lot along the way, and she’s definitely had to step out of her comfort zone to promote her business, on more than one occasion. My brother, Stephen, followed his dream of playing in the CFL when he was younger and now runs his own contracting company. He wanted to play in the Greycup, and damn if he didn’t do it! I’m so inspired by these people and their drive. I’ve always been the quiet one. The studious one. Now, I’m having to step outside my comfort zone and pull out all the stops in marketing and promoting the heck out of my book. I’ve been contacting local libraries to ask for book readings/signings, I’ve contacted local news publications to ask if they’d be interested in interviewing me as a local emerging author, I’ve had to start reaching outside myself in so many areas I feel my arms are growing (too bad my legs wouldn’t). It doesn’t feel natural to me, but it’s important. When I needed to have my book on Kobo because I’m Canadian and Kobo is a major venue in Canada, supported by major book retailers and libraries, I stepped in and liazed between my publisher and Kobo directly to encourage a working relationship. It worked and In The Spirit Of Love is now on Kobo, in addition to all the other venues it’s been on.

Each step I’ve taken these past months has been difficult, but also fun. I’m learning and growing and gaining confidence. My first public appearance was at a book reading/signing at a small local library. I had no clue how to proceed, and neither did they, but I went with my gut instinct and kept it light, easy and hopefully fun, for the attendees. I’d never done anything like it before, where I’d be the center of attention, and you know what, I liked it. I was fine, and I brought my mother with me for moral support, which was a great idea.

My point is this. As writers, we have to make our characters stretch and grow to gain the desired objective. As people, we do too. While recently talking to the manager of a local major book retailer who is considering placing my books on consignment and hosting a book signing, she told me flat out, “I want an author who will connect with my patrons and draw them in. If he or she just sits there, I’m not going to be happy, and I won’t invite them back.” Point taken, challenge accepted. I might bring my mother with me though, for moral support.

So, like Garth Brooks sings, “Life is not tried if it’s merely survived, If you’re standing outside the fire”.

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The Ghost Hunter

Author, Lori Brighton, has penned a great paranormal romance story that I really enjoyed reading. This was the first time I’d ever read anything by Lori, so wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself continually picking up my ereader to read more.

Ashley Hunter doesn’t realize she’s just inherited more than an English pub, but a house full of ghosts, a witchy neighbour and one fallen angel, Christian. The haunted house and neighbour Ashley can handle, but Christian is another matter all together. With his wickedly handsome features, hot body and simmering sexuality, he’s not easy to ignore, but she’s determined to try. When her ghosts begin disappearing one by one, she suspects Christian may be the culprit.

I highly recommend The Ghost Hunter and author, Lori Brighton, to anyone who loves to curl up with a good read and a little romance.

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In The Spirit Of Love

I’m often asked why the male protagonist in my novel, In The Spirit Of Love, is a ghost. After all, he’s dead, and really, what chance for a future romance is there?

When I started writing ISOL, I didn’t worry about that. I was concerned with the issues they’d face, the obstacles that would be inherent in both being a ghost, and in loving one. See, the fact is, love doesn’t offer guarantees, it’s often a leap of faith to accept that you’ll be together many years in the future. For that matter, the same goes for life. We aren’t promised happily ever-afters, or even temporary happiness. We have to create them ourselves. Every turn of life could send us tumbling into the abyss. But I’m a romance writer, so I couldn’t help but wonder; what if you loved someone because you were destined to? What if you had to put all the “what if’s” on hold and just love someone because of who they were, not for what they had, or what they could do for you.

As a ghost, Lord Richard Abbottsford is limited in his ability to communicate with the outside world. After almost one hundred fifty years, he’s come accept this limitations. Then he spies Claire Jacobs, who is the exact replica of his long deceased love, and suddenly, the future is rife with possibilities – and love.

Lots of publishers and agents said “rubbish”, it’s too far-fetched. Again I thought, but isn’t that true of life? Don’t we all meander down a path, accepting things as they are, we stop fighting, stop questioning, only to come smack up against something – or someone – who alters our course forever. Doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes rail against our lot in life, the disappointments and hurts, but maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason for it all. Maybe we really are supposed to learn something from the obstacles and pain.

By allowing my protagonists to experience pain and unhappiness, as well as joy and excitement, I hope to instil a sense of hope and expectancy for the future for them, even when it seems impossible there could be one.

 

Movie – Ghost

Ghosts, re-incarnation, visions and déjà vu are all subjects that are kinda out there, but people have been talking about them for millennia. I’ll admit I think a lot of it is hooey, yet some are just so damned unexplainable – what if they’re real. What if the past affects the present, so that our future can change? I for one have definitely experienced many instances of déjà vu, or had dreams that were startlingly real – but those are stories for another time.

Because I wanted to write a story about a woman who falls in love with a ghost, I did a bit of research. Websites such as Ghosts and Stories abound, although I thought this one was fun and interesting. With the story set in England, I also researched haunted English estates and was surprised to discover there really is a Chillingham Castle in Northumberland. I say shocked, because I’d never heard of it before, yet I’d already written that one of the minor characters in the book is from “Chillingham Estate”. Coincidence, I’m sure but again, interesting.

So, back to my original question; why a love story between a woman and a ghost? Because it was a story that intrigued me, and once I started, it wouldn’t let me go. I don’t know if I believe in ghosts, or the paranormal, but I do believe in love, in second chances, and in leading with your heart as well as your head.

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