Interview with Juliana Crowson from Death Lies Between Us
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
Definitely a night person. Me and mornings are bitter enemies. It’s best if we don’t see each other too often.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really little I wanted to work with all the big cats at the zoo. I gave up on that idea when I realized that I couldn’t set them free. Now I’m about to turn twenty and I still don’t know. My Grandmother Charlotte wants me to work at her herb shop, Native Naturals, for the rest of my life. I do like working there, but I sort of see myself working outside more. A job where I get to travel would be awesome too. My brother, Jared, will let me go on tour with him and the band. So I guess I’ll be a roadie for the rest of the summer. J And after that, who knows.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Alaska is at the top of my list for sure. I love the mountains and the wilderness. And, Ireland because my mom’s family is from there and she says it’s really beautiful. Her and my dad went there for their honeymoon. I think it would be great to visit somewhere my dad really liked.
Tell us about your family.
I already mentioned my dad. His name was Wes Crowson. He died when I was nine. My grandmother, Charlotte Crowson is the greatest. She’s teaching me everything she knows about medicinal plants. I’m always amazed at how much she knows. She has a way of curing people that is almost magical. And it’s not just illness. She helps people with their head problems too. My mom’s name is Diane. She works at the local hospital as a nurse. She’s very sweet and she works A LOT. Having to raise Jared and me by herself has been pretty tough, so I help her out as much as I can. Jared is my little brother. He’s not little at all, he’s six foot four and loves his guitar more than anything else in the world. He’s very talented and is Mr. Charismatic. He has this irresistible sparkle about him that you just can’t ignore. I love him to pieces but I also feel like I have to look after him. He can be rather wild and irresponsible at times.
Who is your favorite author?
It’s a tie between Edgar Allen Poe & the poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Check them out sometime. They’re pretty inspiring.
What makes you happy?
Hiking in beautiful places when no one else is around. And, feeling the beat of live music pulsing through my veins. I adore them both equally.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Do you have any special routines or rituals?
I could easily write an entire book with this one question but here are a few things that I always do, or don’t do. I never leave shoes under a bed. It causes nightmares. I always count how many ravens I see and I only sweep the floor one room at a time. It’s bad luck to cross a threshold while sweeping. Don’t get me started on planting and picking herbs. Like I said, an entire book.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I don’t like telling people this and I can’t believe I am sharing it now, but I see things that other people don’t, like ghosts and angels. It really freaks me out and I try to avoid the phenomenon as much as possible. Unfortunately, I have run-ins with the dead that I can’t escape. Let me just say that life and the afterlife have been really complicated lately.
Saving the life of someone you love should not be the worst thing you have ever done, unless you are an Angel of Death.
Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents.
In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it.
Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?
“Juliana?” I don’t respond. I can’t face anyone.
“Can I sit with you?”
I hug my knees into my chest with my face buried in my folded arms. I mumble into the pit of my lap. “Are you here to end my misery?”
It’s an odd answer but then again so was the question. “Then, please leave.”
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have come, but neither can I go.”
I turn my face, taking in the crisp air and digest his unusual answers. There are so many things that have happened tonight that don’t make any sense. Why would one more confusing sentiment make any difference?
Loneliness wraps around me, holding me in a cool embrace. I break its grip by saying, “It goes on the list, you know?” I speak into the dark. No movement or sound gives away his location but I can feel him close by. The low thumping of Blue Nouveau’s drums is the only sound breaking the stillness of the forest.
The caress of his voice brushes my ear. “Which list are you referring to?”
“Our list — things that are inexplicable.”
“Which deficiency of mankind are we adding tonight?”
“Lying to someone you love.” My voice is flat but the tear leaking from my eye gives away my true feelings.
“We can put that one on the top of the list,” he says.
A gentle hand surprises me as it wraps gently around my swollen ankle and finds a comfortable hold. The warmth penetrates through the sore muscles like a mild current of electricity.
Jody A. Kessler enjoys writing paranormal novels and is a member of Pikes Peak Writers. She is a yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and a graduate from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. When she took an extended leave from her massage practice to stay at home with her newborn she returned to her first true passion —writing. She spends most of her time being a mother, writing, and teaching yoga, but also likes going to concerts, hiking, practicing herbal medicine, and reading anything that catches her interest. Jody lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family.
She welcomes visitors to her website www.jodyakessler.com
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