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Paranormal Properties by Tracy Lane
I was fascinated with the paranormal when I was very young. I always felt like someone was around me even when I was alone. It caused me to be inspired to write a paranormal book where a teenager can see and hear ghosts and actually makes friends with one.
I use to love to write short stories in school and always wanted to be a writer. But raising children and working jobs I just could not find the time to indulge my passion. Then my children grew up and I ended up having two teenagers at home who did not need as much attention from me. I started toying with the idea of writing once again. So setting aside 5 to 10 minutes per day to write at least one page I could end up with a book a year. Now Paranormal Properties is published and I have a list of 8 more books to write. I don't think I"ll be slowing down anytime soon.
Jake Weir, while on the set of his parents ghost hunting TV show, agrees to help a ghost investigate a 61 year-old murder.
Jake Weir is not like the other kids in Dusk, North Carolina. Then again, Dusk, North Carolina is not like other cities. Known as one of the most haunted cities in America, behind Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana, Dusk is ground zero for Jake's ghost hunting parents.
The Weir family has arrived in Dusk eager to scope out some of the town's 127 reported "paranormal properties," which just happens to be the name of their own ghost hunting show: Paranormal Properties. What Jake doesn't know, and what his parents could never imagine, is that Jake can see ghosts! And hear them. And talk back to them! This talent comes in handy when he runs into Dusk's oldest, most famous ghost: one Frank Barrone, a one-time lounge singer made famous by his booze-soaked ballad, "Barroom Eyes."
Frank was gunned down by a local mobster in 1951 and has been searching for his killer ever since. When he learns that Jake can see and hear him, Frank makes young Jake a deal: if Jake will help Frank find his killer, Frank will help his parents find a ghost to film for their upcoming Halloween Special on Public Access Channel #319. Jake enlists the only friend he's made in Dusk, an overweight tomboy nicknamed "Tank," to help him track down Frank's killer. As clues emerge and old leads heat up, Frank and Jake learn they make quite a team. But will Jake find Frank's killer? And will Frank find a real haunted house in time for Halloween?
“Paranormal Properties is a great, family-friendly Young Adult novel about a boy who can talk to ghosts. Equal parts Scooby-Doo, CSI and the Hardy Boys, you will enjoy getting to know Jake, Frank and Tank as much as I did. Now, if only ‘Paranormal Properties’ was a real show I could watch on TV every week…” ~ Rusty Fischer, author of Zombies Don’t Cry
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I have always loved the paranormal. I wanted to write a story about a kid who could see and hear ghosts. Then I came up with the idea of making his parents ghost-hunters. After that the story became fun for me to write.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me about 6 years to actually get it written completely. I just did not have the confidence to get it down on paper. I thought there is no way I can be a writer, even though it was my life-long dream. After about 5 years of trying I decided to take it one page and one day at a time. That actually worked for me.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Creating different worlds for people to escape too. That is why I love to read. Escaping reality is something we all need at times.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Trying to get it perfect. There are times I am not sure I got the exact idea I have down well enough for others to know what I mean. Thank God for editors.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
There is no one I’d rather be than me. But if I had that chance to be someone famous I would be Betty White. I think she’s had a full and exciting life!
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A can of cranberry sauce. It keeps getting pushed to the back of the fridge and I think it’s been in there about 6 months. I need to go check the expiration date again.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More books! I am now working on Entwined Courage and it is much easier to write than Paranormal Properties. I think it’s because I am now broken in as a writer and the story just seems to flow out of me.
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