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The Flavors of a Good Ghost Story

The Flavors of a Good Ghost Story

By Dreaming Novelist Laura K. Cowan

 

Guest Post for Chasity Nicole

April 21, 2014

 

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“Not All Ghost Stories Are Sad.” That’s the line I have used to introduce people to my upcoming literary supernatural novel, Music of Sacred Lakes [ http://www.amazon.com/Music-Sacred-Lakes-Laura-Cowan/dp/1494711427/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390140902&sr=8-1&keywords=music+of+sacred+lakes ] , in which a young man is helped to a discovery of his place of belonging in the world by the spirit of a girl he accidentally killed. There was a time when I thought all ghost stories were the same. But if you dive into the supernatural genre, particularly the YA flavor my fellow author Chasity Nicole writes so well, or the spiritual end that is my playground, you find a much richer genre.

 

“A beautiful young girl with a free spirit, so I’m told. Let’s see if we can break that spirit. I’m Miss Elleanora.” So begins Chasity’s story of Miss Elleanora’s Boarding School of Buried Dreams, in which children who misbehave are fed to a mysterious monster beneath the school. From this story to her haunting tales in the upcoming Sins of the Past historical horror anthology and Shades of Fear [change title if anthology name changes] in which we are both taking part, you can see how Chasity balances the frightening and the humorous, the human spirit and the things that try to suck it dry from the hereafter.

 

My stories? Well, they’re pretty strange as well. In Music of Sacred Lakes [ http://www.amazon.com/Music-Sacred-Lakes-Laura-Cowan/dp/1494711427/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390140902&sr=8-1&keywords=music+of+sacred+lakes ] the protagonist Peter is pursued by strange images and sounds that haunt him through his waking and sleeping hours. The spirit of the girl he killed rises out of Lake Michigan under the Northern Lights and tries to help him understand something very important about the world around him and his place in it. And ultimately, it is the lake itself he hears whispering this truth to him when he finally finds an inner silence and gives up his will to die. But this story is so far afield from the standard ghost story that you might not even be sure that that’s what it is. I’m not even sure that that’s what it is! I love to write stories that are on a fringe like Chasity’s, where even I’m not quite sure how to explain them. I think that’s the key to a really good ghost story. It leaves you feeling a bit haunted, not quite with all the answers, but with some very interesting questions and an unforgettable experience. Who needs all the answers, anyway?

 

 

Laura K. Cowan, The Dreaming Novelist, writes imaginative novels that explore the possibilities of the human condition through the connections between the spiritual and natural worlds. Her debut novel The Little Seer spent its launch week at #2 and #5 on the Kindle Bestseller List for free titles in Christian Suspense and Occult/Supernatural, and was hailed by reviewers and readers as “riveting,” “moving and lyrical.” Laura’s second novel, a redemptive ghost story titled Music of Sacred Lakes, and her first short story collection, The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen, will be available soon. Connect with Laura on her website LauraKCowan.com, on Twitter or on Facebook.

 

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Interview with Jane Peskara/Audrey Valentine- An author of many genres with one common goal of helping people- 2/28/14

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Jane Peskara/Audrey Valentine- An author of various genres with the goal to make the world a better place.

 

I had the lovely privilege of being able to interview the lovely Jane Peskara this evening and find out more about her and her writing endeavors. 

 

Q&A:

How old are you? Where are you from?

Jane is 23 years old and from Vienna, Austria. She writes under the pen name Jane Peskara/Audrey Valentine, but her real name is Sabrina.

When did you realize that writing is what you wanted to do?

Jane has wrote stories since she first learned how to write when she was seven years old. She started out writing essays in school, amazing her teachers. In 2000, she started writing longer stories and then a few years ago she began writing her first novel. Jane realized then that she being an author was her dream. She said, “I am an author at heart already.”

What are you writing about?

 Mostly Jane writers thriller and love based books and trying to write an erotica book. She is also trying to write one or two children’s books.She already has many ideas. Besides novels she writers poems, and songs, and is also working on a biography.

Can you tell us a bit about your book?

She has ten novels that are already finished, and about forty new ideas, although none of them have been published yet. Jane said, “I now have enough courage to publish this year.” She will publish her first novel, SINFUL, that is about a guy who has everything but still starts having an affair. The affair leads to dramatic incidents, and he even has to fear for his life and the life of his family. Jane states, “Sinful is a thriller with some erotic scenes and some drama.”

What do you want to achieve with your writing?

Jane stated, “Well I would lie if I wouldn’t say I really would love to write for a living, which would be awesome, so my passion would be my job.”  But Jane said she knows how hard it is to become famous nowadays because everyone can call himself an author. She wants to achieve publishing her book, and hopefully more to follow, and gain readers who purchase and read the books. Jane wants to entertain them, scare them, make them dream big and escape for a while from their everyday lives. She also hopes to support people who suffer, that is why she posts blogs about bullying and such. She wants to help people in the way of giving them a place where they can go to with her books, and be there if they need someone to talk to. “I want to change the world for the better and I am serious about that.”

Do you have any idols?

Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, The Dali Llama and Fran Drescher (she’s an actress and has endured a lot), these people are her main inspiration for how she wants to live.

Jane’s writing inspirations are: Karin Slaughter, Lisa Jackson, Chris Carter, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel, Cody McFadyen, Lynwood Barclay, and Jodi Picoult.

Do you like to read? If so do you have any favorite authors or genres? What do you not like to read?

Jane loves to read, and has been able to read fluently since the age of six. Her favorite authors are the one’s mentioned as her writing inspirations, and her absolute favorite author is Karin Slaughter. Her favorite genres are thriller, horror, romance, poems, self-help, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, as well as Non-fiction. Jane doesn’t really like fantasy and mystery that much and she absolutely won’t read a sci-fi unless it’s for a good friend.

Is there something important you want the readers to know about you?

The most important thing you should know about Jane is that she is honest, loyal and has been through a lot of crap in her life, and it’s still far from being easy. She says she does fight and that some days she doesn’t know how to move on, but she knows that there are people who have things worse. She knows that she is stronger now and that she wants to help others. “And let me add: I love writing and reading, music and movies. And writing and to know others read it would be so amazing that I probably would collapse. So I think that’s important for others to know about me.”

What are your plans for the future (as a writer and private)?

Jane wants to reach people with her stories and one day even with her songs and poems. She wants to touch a person’s life, so not only writing for herself but for them as well. Jane never wants to be an author that writes just for the money, she wants to write because of the passion and love she has for writing. She also never wants to be the writer that writes 500 pages just because the publisher house wants it or to earn more money. “If my story is told in 50000 words then so be it.” Jane also wants to make screenwriting school so she can begin writing screenplays and wants one or more of her books to be turned into a movie one day. 

Jane’s private goals are to get a job, move out from home, and one day have her own home with a garden and a little pool with a pet or two and a child. She wants to start her life in Austria with her boyfriend from Australia, and knows that it won’t be easy. “But as I say “Dream big”.  You have to have goals and dreams in life. No one can tell the future so I can’t plan everything (sadly because I am an over thinker and analyze everything) but I can set goals and do my best to reach them.” She also wants to do some traveling.

 

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