So why did I decide to write a ghost story that is 'hot and haunting'? Writer's blockd!!!
I always wrote adult stories for contests and won various awards with these 'edgy' stories. A number of them appear in anthologies, so ECTOS isn't the first time I wrote for adults. Writing for grown-ups has fewer restrictions and I always found it very liberating, a big change. In my children's books like THE ROCKHOUND MYSTERIES, where I had to be very careful about things like violence: the only thing ever killed in my books were bananas and tomatoes. Sex is only hinted at in THE MIDNIGHT DIET CLUB, my award-winning story about a girl facing bullies who may be vampires, which is now an audiobook too. I love writing books that make children laugh while they learn, but suddenly found I had writer's block and needed to try something totally different to shake it off. I always loved ghost stories, mysteries, horror movies and books. That's when I got the idea of writing about a beautiful girl stuck with a ghost who becomes mixed up with the strange doings of a failing university parapsychology department. I wrote it for fun and it flew. It really almost wrote itself. I couldn't stop writing it.
I didn't think about getting it published until after sharing it with some friends who said they loved it. I read it again and I loved it too so I sent it out to one publisher, Solstice Publishing, that seemed to want hot paranormal romance. It is very difficult to get a publisher to take a book today. Most books you see are 'self-published', so when Solstice said they wanted my book, I was thrilled. It was only after I signed the contract that I began to worry that some of my former students and fans of my children's books might not understand why I would write something so different. The truth is that, even though there is sex and violence, and of course ghosts and horror, in my new series, I think it is a fun book and I really had a ball writing it, and ECTOS 2, which will be out soon. Don't get me wrong, I still love writing for children and I have a new book which will be published soon that I think kids will love, but I needed a change and so I decided to 'grow up' and try something challenging. I am proud of ECTOS and thank everyone who has made it my best-selling book in such a short time. WARNING: ECTOS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN, but I'm glad adults are enjoying it as much as I enjoyed writing it. WARNING: I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. LOL Thanks.