Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ghostly Encounter by Suzannah Daniels: Interview and Excerpt

Ghostly Encounter (Ghostly Series - Book One), a young adult paranormal romance

Seventeen-year-old Mia Randall longs for someone to take her mind off her breakup with her first real boyfriend. When she meets Benjamin, he does exactly that.

There’s only one problem. He’s a ghost.

Private Benjamin Alexander Richards, a Confederate soldier, is captivated by Mia the moment he lays eyes on her. He declares that Mia is his soul mate, despite the fact that she was born nearly a century and a half after he died.

But that's not their only obstacle. A much more menacing ghost lurks nearby. One summer evening by the light of a full moon, a ghostly encounter entangles Mia's life with Benjamin's in a way that she never imagined.

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He continued to walk along the path. She noticed that his Rebel uniform seemed much more tattered than Josh’s. “Have you been reenacting for a long time?”

He stopped then and turned to look at her. A slow, sad smile spread across his handsome face. He studied her with those beautiful eyes. “Far too long.”

She watched as he pursed his lips, and she wondered what it would be like to be kissed by him. “You sound as if you don’t enjoy it. Why do you do it?”

He clenched his jaw and looked away.

“I’m sorry if I said something to upset you.” She went to touch his arm reassuringly and then she stared in frozen horror, her body locked in position as she gaped at him. Her hand had gone right through him as if there was nothing before her but the very air she breathed.

“Don’t be frightened,” he whispered.

She backed away.

“Please don’t go,” he pleaded, begging her with those brilliant, azure eyes. “I beseech you to stay with me, if only for a while.”

How did you start your writing career?
I started my writing career in the quietude of the school library.  I was in second grade (maybe third) at an elementary school in North Georgia.  My teacher assigned a short, futuristic story for a writing contest, so I wrote The Pop-up World of 2000.  Keep in mind that I went to elementary school in the 70s.  The year 2000 seemed a really, really long way away at the time.  Apparently, wearing bell-bottoms was a great way to get the creative juices flowing because I won second place.

Like most authors, I have loved to read and write my entire life.  I dabbled with writing novels in my twenties on my clunky word processer because I couldn’t afford a computer.  But due to working full-time, going to school part-time, and raising children, there wasn’t much time for writing.

Of course, the characters would never get out of my head, and I have always dreamed of being a writer.  Fast forward a few years, and I wrote my first complete novel, Viking’s Embrace, a historical romance, which is now available on Amazon.

My most recently published novel is a young adult, paranormal romance called Ghostly Encounter (Ghostly Series—Book One).  It’s currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Tell us about your current release.
Ghostly Encounter is about seventeen-year-old Mia Randall who has just experienced a painful breakup with her first real boyfriend.  She is trying to overcome her heartache when she meets Benjamin, who immediately captures her attention.  The only problem is Benjamin’s a ghost.

Private Benjamin Alexander Richards is a Confederate soldier with a Southern charm that has been all but forgotten in today’s world.  Even though Mia was born nearly a century and a half after he died, he is drawn to her.

But that’s not their only obstacle.  A much more menacing ghost lurks nearby.  One summer evening by the light of a full moon, a ghostly encounter entangles Mia’s life with Benjamin’s in a way that she never imagined.

Tell us about your next release.
I’m currently working on the sequel to Ghostly Encounter, which has not yet been titled, and I intend to have it published by the end of 2012.  I’m also kicking around the idea of a young adult, dystopian novel.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
During the Civil War, Rebel soldiers had a difficult time getting real coffee, so they would make it out of whatever was available, such as peas, corn, peanuts, and acorns.  Mmmm…would you like to wash down your doughnut with a cup of acorn coffee?

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I have an associate degree in electrical engineering.  It took me ten years of going to school at night part-time to get it, but hey, I got it.  How’s that for perseverance?

Do you have siblings?
My parents had five children, four boys and a girl.  I was the second youngest. As the only girl, I lived by the motto “Girls can do anything boys can do, only better.”

Top five advantages of growing up with a bunch of brothers:
5.  I’m not scared of snakes or spiders.
4.  I learned how to ride a dirt bike when I was eleven, and I loved it.  (Then, I had a wreck, and my mother put an end to my dirt bike riding career.)
3.  My brothers would pay me to make grilled cheese sandwiches.  (Great way to make a quarter.)
2.  No one wanted to borrow my clothes.
1.  While everyone else was stacked in bunk beds, I was guaranteed my own room. 

Tell us about your family.
My husband and I have been married for twenty-six years.  He is my best friend, and we enjoy riding motorcycles, working on home projects, and just spending time together.

We have two wonderful children, a son and a daughter.  They both enjoy riding motorcycles, too.  My husband bought our son his first motorcycle when he was two.  He didn’t even learn how to ride a bicycle until he was three, so the first two or three years, my husband doubled my son on my son’s motorcycle until he learned how to ride it himself.

Our son is currently pursuing a degree in engineering, and our daughter is pursuing a degree in the medical field.

Suzannah Daniels has had an affinity for words for as long as she can remember. She grew up in North Georgia with four brothers, so she learned at an early age to admire snakes and motorcycles. When she wasn't pestering her brothers, she could usually be found reading or writing.

She is the author of Viking's Embrace, a historical romance, and Ghostly Encounter, Book One of her Ghostly series (young adult paranormal romance).

Currently, she lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband of twenty-six years and her teenage daughter. Her son lives nearby. The family pets include a Lab mix, a Basset Hound, a Shih Tzu, and a sweet, little kitty.

She loves to connect with readers.

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