Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Author Interview: Paranormal Properties by Tracy Lane

1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
When I was young I loved to read and thought it would be great if I could create the worlds I loved.

2. How long did it take you to write?
I tried for 6 years before I actually made myself sit down and do a bit of it a day everyday. Then it took me about 8 months to get it written.

3. While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
I never did rewrite the plot. I did have it edited to make it presentable but I kept the original plot and it seemed to work.

4. You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
Stephen King section. I love his books and he is the first one I look for.

5. How many books in a month do you tend to read?
I am lucky to get one read per month. I am a single mother and with working and writing I just can’t find the time to read.

6. In all the books you've read. Who is your most favorite character and why?
Katniss for sure! I can see myself as her, I would sacrifice for my family and step up to take their place in a situation like that. She is my hero!

7. State 5 random facts about yourself.
I smoked for 30 years before I quit.
I was skinny as all get out until I hit 40 and now I’m dieting.
I was in a ghost hunting group in Indianapolis for about two months.
I traveled to Tombstone Arizona when I found out the ghost hunters were there taping and met them all.
I really want to write the greatest story of them all. Wish me luck. lol

8. Your favorite Genre?

9. What are you currently reading?
Nothing right now, I am busy writing my next book.

10. What is the best book you've read?
I would have to say Hunger Games right now. That trilogy made me very sad when it ended. I can’t wait for the next two movies.

11. Any new projects coming up?
I am now writing Entwined Courage. It’s about a young girl Aurora who gets involved in a struggle for power, a struggle that could end her world. She also gets romantically involved with a mage’s apprentice Kayne.

Here’s your chance to market your book. Describe it. And why readers should pick it up?

Paranormal Properties is about a young boy named Jake who helps his parents on their ghost-hunting show. Then one day Jake realizes he can see and speak with ghosts when he meets Dusk’s oldest ghost Frank Barrone, a lounge singer who was killed in 1951 by the mafia. Frank wants Jake to help him find his killer and promises that is Jake helps he will help his parents find a ghost to film for their show.

Readers will love this story of friendship and working together even though they are separated by different worlds.

Paranormal Properties
Paranormal Properties Book One
Tracy Lane

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Pants on Fire Press

ISBN: 978-0982727171

Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 33,000

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/NwIoLYHHznU

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Book Description:

Jake Weir, while on the set of his parents ghost hunting TV show, agrees to help a ghost investigate a 61 year-old murder.

Jake Weir is not like the other kids in Dusk, North Carolina. Then again, Dusk, North Carolina is not like other cities. Known as one of the most haunted cities in America, behind Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana, Dusk is ground zero for Jake's ghost hunting parents.

The Weir family has arrived in Dusk eager to scope out some of the town's 127 reported "paranormal properties," which just happens to be the name of their own ghost hunting show: Paranormal Properties. What Jake doesn't know, and what his parents could never imagine, is that Jake can see ghosts! And hear them. And talk back to them! This talent comes in handy when he runs into Dusk's oldest, most famous ghost: one Frank Barrone, a one-time lounge singer made famous by his booze-soaked ballad, "Barroom Eyes."

Frank was gunned down by a local mobster in 1951 and has been searching for his killer ever since. When he learns that Jake can see and hear him, Frank makes young Jake a deal: if Jake will help Frank find his killer, Frank will help his parents find a ghost to film for their upcoming Halloween Special on Public Access Channel #319. Jake enlists the only friend he's made in Dusk, an overweight tomboy nicknamed "Tank," to help him track down Frank's killer. As clues emerge and old leads heat up, Frank and Jake learn they make quite a team. But will Jake find Frank's killer? And will Frank find a real haunted house in time for Halloween?

“Paranormal Properties is a great, family-friendly Young Adult novel about a boy who can talk to ghosts. Equal parts Scooby-Doo, CSI and the Hardy Boys, you will enjoy getting to know Jake, Frank and Tank as much as I did. Now, if only ‘Paranormal Properties’ was a real show I could watch on TV every week…” ~ Rusty Fischer, author of Zombies Don’t Cry

About the Author:
I was fascinated with the paranormal when I was very young. I always felt like someone was around me even when I was alone. It caused me to be inspired to write a paranormal book where a teenager can see and hear ghosts and actually makes friends with one.

I use to love to write short stories in school and always wanted to be a writer. But raising children and working jobs I just could not find the time to indulge my passion. Then my children grew up and I ended up having two teenagers at home who did not need as much attention from me. I started toying with the idea of writing once again. So setting aside 5 to 10 minutes per day to write at least one page I could end up with a book a year. Now Paranormal Properties is published and I have a list of 8 more books to write. I don't think I"ll be slowing down anytime soon.









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  1. I too am fascinated with the paranormal so this book sounds like something I know I'll enjoy. I can't wait to start reading it!

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  2. Great interview! That must of been interesting to do and be part of the ghost hunting group for two months. I would find it very interesting to hunt for ghosts. I like the sound of this story, it sounds like something that I would be very interested in reading.


  3. This sounds great! Im a big paranormal fan so definitely check this one out! :)

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