It’s the first day of October, and you’re in the right place – welcome to Day One of Bad Moon Rising! Today’s author made her BMR debut last year with the first book in her series, Inheritance Revealed, and is here today with the sequel to that novel. She also shares a spooky ghost story set in a Massachusetts cemetery that might curl your toes. Welcome Cheryl A. Hunter!
Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?
I would rather visit a graveyard. Graveyards are fascinating places, and there are so many stories in a graveyard.
What is the spookiest ghost story you’ve ever heard?
This is probably not the spookiest of ghost stories, but it is one that fascinates me and that I use in my classes at Halloween time. It is the story of Witch Bonnie. Her grave is in the cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts. The legend says Witch Bonney stands guard over the grave of Clara Bonney Lilley, a woman who died an untimely death in 1894 at 39 years old. The statue over her grave is of a woman with outstretched arms, and her hands clutch a veil that falls down behind her body. Her eyes are holes that stare at the sky, and the area under her left eye has a black tear stain through the greening tarnish. Urban legend says Witch Bonney stares toward the Avery lion statue (another famous statue in the cemetery) that guards her. According to legend, the bodice of her dress falls a little lower each day throughout the month of October until her chest is exposed on Halloween. Then, liberated from the bronze and granite prison, her ghost runs free through the streets of Lowell.
If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?
I would have an owl. I love owls. My husband counted the owls that I have in the dining room alone (statues, drawings, plates, etc) and there are forty. My office has many more.
Have you ever traveled as research for any of your books?
Yes and no. I like to travel, and majority of my settings are places that I have visited or based on a place I visited. I believe it allows me to add more details and description if I have been to a place.
What books did you grow up reading?
I read a variety of genres growing up. My favorite book when I was quite young was Little Wind, about a young Native American boy. I believe the book is long out of print. When I was a little older, I read the Alfred Hitchcock and the Young Investigators series before progressing to the Hitchcock novels. I have always enjoyed fantasy novels including The Lord of the Rings, and the Pern novels by Anne McCaffrey. I also read a lot of “popular” literature. I remember reading Jaws before vacation on Cape Cod and then I was nervous about going in the ocean.
What are you working on now?
I have two works in progress. I am completing the final revision of the third book in the Inheritance series: Inheritance Quest. I am also working on a sequel to my contemporary women’s fiction novel.
Arianna and James’ happiness is once again threatened by the mystery in Arianna’s past surrounding her great grandfather. When a new opportunity to uncover answers comes along, Arianna, James, and Giovanni head to Montana. Now, with new threats, wolf shifters changing the balance of power, and the growing need to find answers, Arianna must decide if she will finally accept her role in the supernatural world.
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Author Bio and Social Media
Cheryl A. Hunter is an author and artist. Her books span multiple genres including historical fiction, contemporary fiction, paranormal fantasy, and nonfiction. Cheryl is also an artist who works in glass, ink and watercolor, and photography. When she is not writing, taking pictures, or creating glass art, she loves to travel. Her interest in Ancient Greek and Roman cultures has taken her to many Archeological sites and museums in several countries.