Yeah, I get asked that a lot. So I thought I would write something a bit lighter today. There is a topic I love talking about more than anything and that is…wait for it… ghosts. No, please don’t run away… it gets interesting, honest.
Now, I have probably told this story many, many times before but every time I get asked about my novel, The Town Halloween Forgot, I can’t help but bring it up. Why? Because it inspired me to write. And anything that gets you fired up to write is a damn good thing, yes?
I am a firm believer in the spirit world. No question about it. I’ve had far too many experiences in my life to dismiss it, but I never expected what I’m about to tell you, and I certainly never expected to get a novel out of it.
When we moved into our current property seven years ago, I was still working on my first novel about vampires. I had been thinking about writing something different for a while and with Halloween only a couple of months away, I thought it would be great to write a short story centered on that theme. So, one afternoon while trying to write with two young, noisy kids I walked out of the front room into the hallway to find them kicking a ball around. Fearful one of them would get hurt, I asked them to take the ball outside. My son, who was only two at the time then said to me that they were only playing with the little girl. I immediately looked at my daughter who was looking over my shoulder and thought to myself, no, he must be joking with me. But no laughter was forthcoming. So I asked him what he meant and he pointed behind me. I knew we were the only three people in the house at the time, but nevertheless, I looked behind and saw nothing but an empty hallway. After a lot of investigating, I decided to leave them to it and went back to my desk, mulling over what he had said. After a little while, the idea for Halloween began to formulate.
Over the course of the next seven years, we have had many, many experiences in this house. My daughter, as it turned out is very psychic indeed. But of all the spooky going on’s in the house, the most frightening incident was when my daughter was making a vlog in her bedroom one afternoon. While she was filming, her bedroom door closed and a toy moved from under her bed. I know, it sounds like something from horror movie, right? This was all caught on tape too and I have to admit, watching it back made me a little nervous. And then there was one time, my son’s toy dog got thrown across the bedroom, but he wasn’t as scared as I thought he’d be which I thought was odd at the time. But kids seem more open to these things in my experience and so they find it easy to switch off and adapt.
Well, as it turned out, the novel is now in development for film. The second novel is already out, called Danny Hallows and The Stones of Aurora and I have been working, very slowly, I may add, on the third. So I wonder what will inspire the last instalment?Hmm.
Novel is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Overdrive and Ibooks.