"As I watched him vanish into a soft mist that faded away, I knew that he was no ordinary spirit...I knew that he was a dangerous entity that could be in some corner of another realm planning his revenge, but I also knew that I was hopelessly in love with him."
When Becca moves into her ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana, her life takes a puzzling and thrilling turn when she meets the ghost haunting the halls. As the seductive spirit lures her closer and closer, she learns about her own past and starts to understand that some mistakes are meant to last.
Becca McAllister has always been different from other girls her age. Never part of the "in crowd", Becca never really fit in anywhere. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the small town of Corydon, Indiana, Becca didn't expect things to change.
But things do change when Becca accidentally makes contact with a one hundred and sixty year old ghost, Alastor Sinclair, that haunts the halls of her new home.
To Becca, Alastor is a seductive spirit that seems to see straight into her soul. To Alastor, Becca is what he was waited a century for--A second chance.
But the closer they get, the more Becca realizes that this isn't the first time she and Alastor have known each other. Worse still, is she the one responsible for his death so long ago? And if so, did he come back for love or revenge?
How did you start your writing career?
As a kid, I was always making up scenes and acting them out for my family. Then when I got older I always that girl in school with her nose stuck in a book. The more I read, the more I began to think up stories of my own. By middle school, I was writing them down. I played with different genres until I found some success in literary fiction, but I still wanted something more. A little over a year ago, I struck out on the indie journey and have never been happier. I feel most complete when I'm writing.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I've always dreamed of going to the
. I am enthralled with west end shows and would love to see one live. Also, I have to admit I am a complete Robin of Sherwood addict and my dream day would be to see a west end show with Michael Praed in it because there is still something about that man that is hot. UK
My current series is based in
Tell us about your current release.
Spiritus is a paranormal romance set in
Haunted is the sequal to Spiritus. In Haunted, Becca and Alastor's relationship grows even stronger, but takes an unexpected direction. It's darker than Spiritus and will keep readers on their toes.
Where do you research for your books?
I live in
which is not that far from Corydon. Anytime that I go shopping or out to eat, I have to drive through Corydon. I passed the beautiful mansions and the site of the Battle of Corydon all the time. There, you are surrounded by history, so research isn't that hard. I spend a lot of time in libraries, on-line, and interviewing people. Lanesville, Indiana
How do you describe your writing style?
I tend to write whatever scene comes to mind. I think it makes the scenes more intense because none of it is forced. Once I have all the scenes written, I go back and write everything that goes in between. I also do this odd plotting thing with index cards when I'm first getting ideas together where I write scene ideas and notes out. Then I can shuffle the cards into different orders to see what works best. I tend to write everything out long hand and always spend a few days trying to read my own handwriting when I type everything up.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I tend to be writing all the time. I'm never able to shut it off completely. There are times that it's easier such as when my daughter has a dance competition or recital. That's when it's my turn to be her number one fan instead of the other way around. I love to watch her and how proud she is of herself. It reminds me of myself when I craft what I believe to be the "perfect" scene or line.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
My advice would just be to go for it. Now is a great time to be an indie author and the opportunities are endless.
About the Author
Dana Michelle Burnett spent most of her life writing short stories and sharing them with family and friends. Over the years, her work was published in numerous commercial and literary magazines including: Just Labs, Mindprints: A Literary Journal, Foliate Oak, and many more. Her short story John Lennon and the Chicken Holocaust was included in The Best of Foliate Oak in 2006. In 2010, Burnett’s first novel, Ghost Country, was released. Based on her own Cherokee heritage, the novel marked her return to the literary world after a four year hiatus. She followed that with the release of her romance novel, Two Out of Three in the summer of 2011. Spiritus is the first novel in her new paranormal romance series by the same name. The second book, Haunted, is expected in the spring of 2012.