I want to welcome Bev Irwin, author of Ghostly Justice, who is my guest today!
Hello, Stacy. Thank you for having me here today and happy Easter to everyone.
Stacey wanted me to talk about led me to write a paranormal and what challenges did I have writing with a teen perspective and did I have to delve into my own childhood.
I’ve always been interested in the paranormal. Many things have happened in my life that convince me there are spirits who live among us. Some people are just more in tune than others. I’m sure the spirits are aware of this too and target those who can hear or see them.
Have you ever thought about someone and phone rings. Guess who is on the phone?
Have you ever wanted a certain piece of clothing or furniture and then sometime later (may even be weeks later) you walk into a store and there it is. For me its awesome, with my Scottish background, when I even find it on sale.
Coincidence or something else?
I think it’s something else?
Have you ever had a close relative who has crossed to the other side but you had a feeling that they are close by. Or have they visited you in your dreams? Or have you sensed them talking to you?
Here’s me putting myself out there for ridicule, but I have. I have had so many paranormal experiences that I am a believer. For example:
My mother passed at the age of seventy-nine. She had never been to the house I have now as she had died years before. But when my sister was ill she came to visit.
I had been working nights and was sleeping on the chesterfield. Something woke me and there was my mother sitting on the arm of the chesterfield. She told me to be there for my sister. It turned out my sister was sicker than first anticipated. My mother knew when no else did.
My lived father lived with me for a couple of years and loved animals and birds. He leaves me crow feathers. But that is another story.
The story I am telling today is about how GHOSTLY JUSTICE came to be written.
When Amanda, the ghost, came to me wanting revenge for her murder, how could I say no?
She proceeded to tell me about Daria. Daria is the first person she has been able to contact since the day she died. When she saw her pass by her house, Amanda felt, well, I let her tell you.
It was as if a jolt of electricity surged through me, and my heart almost began to beat again.
So how could I not feel sorry for Amanda? How could I not tell her story?
Well the truth is, Amanda harassed me until there was nothing I could do to shut her up, other than kill her, but then she’s already dead. So I had to write her story. And now you can read it too. Amanda would really like that.
Fifteen-year-old Daria Brennan doesn’t want to hear people’s thoughts. She doesn’t want to see ghosts—or talk to dead people. And she definitely doesn’t want to help solve a forty-year old murder.
But Amanda wants revenge, and Daria is the first human contact she’s had since the day she died. Now the killer is after Daria and her friends. Can they solve Amanda’s murder before becoming his next victims?
Here is an excerpt:
After all these years, I could finally feel something. It was as if a jolt of electricity surged through me, and my heart almost began to beat again.
At first, I didn’t know what caused it. I only knew an undeniable force drew me to my bedroom window. With each step, the tingle of fingernails tracking down my spine increased. The thought passed through me, maybe I should be afraid. But really, what was there to be afraid of? It couldn’t get worse. What’s worse than being dead?
I floated toward the window. Two girls were walking in front of the house. They looked about my age, maybe younger – fifteen, sixteen. I was drawn to the one with the dark curly hair. Her friend called her Daria. I reached out my hand, called her name. She looked up at the window. She sensed me. I knew it. I saw her shudder, but she kept walking.
I watched until they turned the corner at Colburn Street. Then the energy vanished and a profound sadness filled me. Even playing the piano held no joy that day.
I have to talk to her. But how?
I gave up trying to contact the living years ago. It became so tiresome—appearing in front of them, touching them, talking to them, yet never being noticed.
Every day, I watch for her. Every day, I try to make contact. Every day I plead for her to look up at my window again. Two weeks have passed now. And every day, she hurries past; her gaze focused on the street ahead.
I must talk to her.
Daria is the first person I’ve been able to communicate with since the day I was murdered.
KUDOS for Ghostly Justice
Ghostly Justice by Bev Irwin is one of those books that can easily span the bridge between YA and adult fiction. Though the characters are teenagers and still in high school, like Harry Potter and Twilight, the story is fascinating enough to appeal to much broader audiences. Our heroine, Daria, is young, but she’s also spunky, creative, clever, and reluctantly courageous—my favorite kind of gal. And she is most definitely not pleased when she discovers that she is psychic and can talk to ghosts. Well, one ghost, at least...Irwin has added a well-rounded cast of secondary characters to help Daria in her quest, and together with a strong plot, excellent dialogue and a few surprises along the way, they all combine to make this book a very enjoyable read. – Taylor, Reviewer
Ghostly Justice was not quite what I expected when I learned it was YA. Even though the characters are teens, the subject matter—some of it anyway—was very adult. However, Bev Irwin seems to be a talented author and handled the sensitive issues with the same aplomb with which she did the scenes where her teenage characters break into an abandoned house. Daria, our very reluctant heroine, doesn’t want to be special. She especially doesn’t want to talk to dead people or to hear her best friend’s thoughts. She wants to keep clear of her mom’s creepy boyfriend, snag a hot, sexy boyfriend of her own—who doesn’t—and to be left in peace...The other characters in the book are equally well-developed and three-dimensional, the plot has some very nice twists and turns, and Irwin’s writing is superb. – Regan, Reviewer
GHOSTLY JUSTICE will be available on April 14th!!!!
Also coming from Black Opal Books in June:
Where is Clayton. There is no when Jenny calls. The sandbox is empty, the backyard is empty, the gate is open, where is her six-year old son. Will she be able to find him in time?
MISSING CLAYTON came third in the Gateway to the Best in the Suspense category, and second in the TARA for Women's Fiction.
Other books by Bev Irwin writing as Kendra James:
Thank you everyone for coming to see me today. Happy Easter! For some lucky person who leaves a comment, I will give a free ebook of WHEN HEARTS COLLIDE or GHOSTLY JUSTICE after its release April 14th.