Author interview with Autumn Chills of ‘Spooky Tales Inspired by Real Ghost Stories: Girl on the Train, Phantom in the Forest, & More Ghostly Encounters’
In this collection of spooky ghost stories, you’ll get a glimpse into the world of the supernatural. A mysterious cowboy who appears out of nowhere in a moonlit New Mexico road. The woman in blue who unnerves a young couple waiting for a train. The strange voices a grandfather and his grandson hear out at sea. Listen to the characters in these short stories describe their phantasmal encounters, including the dark form floating in the forest, the man in the mirror, and the little ghost girl who flickers lights and moves the cookie jar. Some of the ghosts are friendly and helpful, some are mischievous, while others are … something else.
We’re going on a ghost hunt! Autumn Chills, author of ‘Spooky Tales Inspired by Real Ghost Stories’ has joined me, flashlight in hand to hunt down the supernatural elements hiding within her this ghostly literary collection. Autumn, thanks for guiding our pursuit today. What initially got you interested in writing about these otherworldy spirits?
The idea for this book came about after I read real accounts of ghost sightings. While fascinating, these accounts were short and the sightings were fleeting. I wrote these short stories as a “what if” response to the reported sightings. I just had a need to create tales that would expand and complete the brief paranormal encounters people had.
Have you had your own paranormal encounters that have helped you add a little extra spook to your writing?
Well, my husband sees ghosts … but that’s another story and another book down the road.
Ooohh, That sounds like he’s seeing ghosts repeatedly. A real-life ghost watcher is definitely cause for another book! But before we move onto your upcoming tales, let’s chase the sightings in ‘Spooky Tales Inspired by Real Ghost Stories’. What was the central idea that you wanted to share through these spooky tales?
Any ghostly encounter must be spooky, I would imagine. But it doesn’t have to be scary. So to me, it was important to create at least some stories where the humans aren’t frightened of the ghosts, and the spirits aren’t menacing. I really wanted to infuse warmth into as many of these stories as possible.
Was infusing warmth in the paranormal the greatest satisfaction of this novel?
I’m pleased with the characters and personalities that emerged. There’s a nice balance of ages, genders, and nationalities represented in these stories.
You’ve used the word emerge, that sounds like you start a writing project without a clear ending. Is that correct?
The writing process is exciting because I rarely know how a story will end. The ending typically comes to me after I’ve written at least half. Even when the story I weave is based on a true account, the ending is a surprise to me.
Is editing a critical step in your writing process to ensure that the story you’ve weaved delivers that ending with enough surprise?
Editing is so important to me. I will review a story dozens of times, if needed, to get it just right.
And by getting it right, you end up with a better book and a better book turns into happier readers, and we all want that! Another way I like to create happier readers is by asking the unexpected as I think that it gets those creative juices flowing. Let’s try and manifest some creatively in the next few questions, starting with: what is your zodiac sign?
As a Libra, I like to keep things fair and balanced. I also like to say that my head is in the clouds since Libra is an air sign.
*Laughs* I’m convinced that keeping your head in the clouds makes you a better fiction writer so I think you should keep your head up there as much as possible. Are you left or right-handed?
I’m right-handed, but if I had to do it all over I’d insist on writing with my left hand. Some of the most fascinating people, from Fred Astaire to Marie Curie, were lefties.
That’s very true, although I’m sure there’s a large number of interesting righties too, maybe they aren’t acknowledged as such because more people are righties. Right or left-handed, what is your best tip for authors?
If you love to write, just do it. As for promotions, have fun with it. Try different approaches, and see what sticks.
As long as you’re having fun and loving what you do, you’re on the right path! Autumn thanks for uncovering a little of the paranormal for us today.
Excited to read the book we discussed today? Find it here on Amazon: ‘Spooky Tales Inspired by Real Ghost Stories: Girl on the Train, Phantom in the Forest, & More Ghostly Encounters ( ASIN: B074PRD4CN )‘.
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