I share this author’s disappointment in ghost tours – we’ve yet to see a ghost. Seems like its something that should be guaranteed on that kind of tour, right? The Legends and Lore posts on her blog feature jaw-dropping and uncanny mysteries/legends – I highly recommend you check them out. Furry friends have been stealing the spotlight this month, and she brings a couple of cuties with her today. Welcome Joan Hall!
Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?
Can I cheat a bit by mentioning another type of unsolved mystery? The story of D. B. Cooper has always intrigued me. He hijacked a commercial airliner in 1971, demanded 200K in ransom money, then parachuted out of the plane somewhere over the Pacific Northwest. A portion of the ransom money was found years later, but there’s been no sign of the man (living or dead).
Specific to a murder, it would have to be the story of Lizzie Borden. Did she really give her mother forty whacks, then gave her father forty-one?
If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?
A black cat, of course. Matter of fact, I have a black cat. Little Bit found us and he’s often my writing “helper.”
Would you rather go to a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?
A real haunted house, of course. I’ve been on Ghost Walks in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Jefferson, Texas. Jefferson is a small town about an hour from where I live. Still haven’t seen a ghost. “Sigh…”
Have you ever traveled as research for any of your books?
Does going to a coffee shop count? Seriously, I haven’t traveled to a specific location, but when I’m out and about—even locally—I’m always looking for ideas, observing people, etc. I’ve had short stories inspired by some of my observations of people.
Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing?
As I said, my cat Little Bit is my “helper.” My other cat, Tucker, is never far away from me when I’m on the sofa with my laptop. Both have served as the inspiration for pets in a couple of my stories, so yes, you could say they do help – even if they sometimes want to crawl on my lap during my writing time.
What books did you grow up reading?
I read a variety of books, but one of my favorites from childhood was Charlotte’s Web. I’m terrified of spiders, but I loved Charlotte and Wilber—even Templeton. After reading my first Agatha Christie book as a teenager, I was hooked on mystery and suspense.
Dream home or damned home?
Ruth Hazelton is over the moon when her husband Lee agrees with the nineteenth-century Victorian in Madeira, New Mexico, is the perfect home for them. While he starts his new job as police chief, she sets about unpacking and decorating.
But it’s not long before Ruth needs more. She becomes a fixture in the community, making time for everyone, volunteering, hosting events—she’s every bit the social butterfly her husband is not. Through her friendships, she learns several former residents of her home met with untimely deaths. If she were superstitious, she might fear a curse, but such nonsense doesn’t faze her.
Until the unthinkable happens.
Now, as the end of Ruth’s life draws near, she must find a way to convey her message and stop the cycle to prevent anyone else from suffering in the house of sorrow.
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