it comes to fiction writing, almost anything goes. That is why I love writing
paranormal and fantasy stories. The author can go completely over the edge and
make something unbelievable seem believable. When it comes to ghost stories, I
get a lot of my inspiration from real life experiences. Not necessarily my own
either. I watch television programs that partake of the supernatural and
paranormal flare. Programs from ordinary people who claim they experienced
either an afterlife experience, or a haunting.
Some of the stories from my anthology, Wicked Intentions, are based on actual
hauntings. In The Legend of Lake Manor, I placed my young psychic,
Cassandra Lopez, in a haunted mansion I fashioned on my knowledge of a
three-story mansion in my hometown and information from television about a
restaurant/bar in Ohio, supposedly ruled by demons so violent that the local
police are constantly closing it down.
television documentary about a young mother plagued by ghost sightings since
childhood, inspired The Haunting of Barb Marie and her gift/curse.
The Apartment, in which my newlyweds, Bill and Gayle, are plagued by
sightings of evil ghosts that threaten their marriage and theirs lives,
originated from a real apartment haunted by the ghosts of two homosexual lovers
who died violently. The legend says no tenant is able to stay there until the
spirits are chased off by a paranormal investigation team.
the Discovery Channel, is where I got the idea for Summer Wind. I
learned of the colonial explorer Jonathon Carver who lived during the 1700s and
whose ghost is believed to be haunting the Summerwind estate, built in the
early 20th century. Carver’s ghost is, supposedly, searching the
house’s foundations for deeds to a vast tract of land (10,000 square miles)
given to him by Sioux Indian chiefs as a reward for the peace treaty he created
between two warring tribes. In my Summer Wind, 29 year-old Ginger
is mysteriously drawn to the old mansion, and like the many owners of the real
mansion, the haunting had a negative and profound effect on Ginger and her
investigative program concerned one sister’s psychic premonitions about her
twin’s murder. This led to my story, Blood Ties, and my heroine, Audra
Roper’s dark, disturbing visions of her sister’s disappearance and the roller
coaster of risks, heartbreak, and intrigue that followed.
came from reading a newspaper story while sitting in a diner. A young woman
began having visions of her father's disappearance that was actually his murder
from years earlier. So, my Carrie Reynolds starts having nightmares on her twenty-sixth
birthday and believes these ‘dark visions’ can solve the twenty year
disappearance of her father.
set my murder mystery, The Truth Behind the Lies, on Norfolk Island
after following a three year long murder investigation on that island from 2003.
In my story, Federal Police Inspector Ian Christian faces attacks, more murders
and ghostly occurrences, and the killer is closer than anyone realizes.
the next time you get Writer’s Block, or need a new idea, try switching on the
television, open a newspaper, delve into history or simply look and listen. You
will find something to stimulate your muse.
has been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the
blue-collar industry most of her life. Besides having several novels under her
belt, JoAnne canvas paints. When not busy with hobbies or working outside the
home, JoAnne spends time with relatives, her dog Jasmine, and volunteers her
time within the community. JoAnne is a member of the International Women’s
Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild,
True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and
Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and
the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. JoAnne believes in family values and
following your dreams. JoAnne’s original canvas paintings, can be found at: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com
books by JoAnne:
Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology
Crime of the Century-a biography true crime
About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Love-a biography true crime anthology available June
detective/mystery novella anthology available Summer 2014
links for “Wicked Intentions” 7 bone chilling paranormal/mystery tales