Interview with Hunter Shea: on THE WAITING and the true-life ghost-story that inspired the novella.

The Waiting Hunter Shea True Ghost StoryAs promised (and just under the wire) I present part one of my interview with Hunter Shea. This segment focuses on his latest release, the novella THE WAITING … and the true-life experiences of the author which inspired the ghost story.

Grab a favorite beverage (we chose to drink pale ale during the interview) and join us for the next 17 minutes or so. Then hit us with any questions or comments you have below.

By the way, we managed to not spoil the book’s ending, so don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet.

The Waiting is available for instant download, for just $2.66 right now, on Amazon.

Go buy it.


Work (#paranormalhotel)! Work (writing horror)! Work (interviewing Hunter Shea)!

Thank God I love the kind of work I do, because – lately – there’s been plenty of  it!

Paranormal Hotel:

I’ve returned to working full-time at the #paranormalhotel – at least for the next few weeks. (A staff member has had a family emergency.) I’d always hoped I’d be able to go back part-time this summer, but I wasn’t expecting this. Because I recently trained Langston for the job, I was almost completely up to speed when I was called back, but there was some adjustment required.

Highlights:

  • there’s new staff  & new linens
  • we have a laundry room for guest use now
  • rates have gone up
  • the commercial dryer is dying (which makes doing the laundry even more time-consuming)

Otherwise, most everything is the same.

Camp NaNoWriMo:

When I found out I’d be going back to the hotel, I feared I’d fail to meet my Camp NaNoWriMo goals, so I took a deep breath and plunged in. I’m not at goal yet, but I’ve managed to get an awful lot done and I think I’ll make it. I haven’t been taking the time to properly track anything (or participate in the camp festivities) but I just did a quick tally of hours spent story mapping and drafted words and come up with 23,137. Tell me that’s still within reach!

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Hunter Shea’s book tour:

Just five minutes ago, I finished reading Hunter Shea’s new novella, The Waiting. This is a good thing, because – in about an hour – I’ll be settling in with him on Skype, to do the first official interview ever for The Paranormalist.

In a way, I’m glad I had to hustle up and get the reading done in one sitting, right before the interview. The details of the story will be fresh when I ask him all the questions I have roiling around in my brain. My plan is to have at least one segment of that interview packaged and available for viewing here tomorrow. Right now I can tell you it’s a fast, tight, eerie read which still manages to be emotionally affecting.

By the way, I want to thank you all for making the book giveaway I recently sponsored a great success. The winners have all been notified, and – as far as I know – the books are winging their way to their new owners.

Earlier this week, as we were arranging our interview time, I asked Hunter to decide what we’d be drinking tonight. Now, I have to run over to the liquor store to see if I can find any Captain Lawrence pale ale. As a cheap-American-beer-drinker, I’m glad he didn’t suggest Guinness.

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Click here to get your copy. You still have time to read it before the interview series begins.

 

 


#NetNet: Free ghost book drawing by midnight tonight! Plus The Night Cafe & a newsreel treasure trove. Happy Easter weekend.

A short ‘NetNet this week (which is better than none, right?) I seem to have injured my right wrist / forearm and working on the computer, and scrolling in particular HURTS. I’m pretty much taking a few days away from the PC. Happy Easter weekend everybody.

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DON’T FORGET TO ENTER TO WIN A FREE  DIGITAL BOOK, OR AUTOGRAPHED PAPERBACK, BY HUNTER SHEA . YOUR DEADLINE IS 11:59pm TONIGHT

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The tour has been going well, form what I can see.  To find links to all the tour’s stops, visit Hunter’s launch post at his website, huntershea.com.

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In order to enter the drawing, please click below to be taken to The Paranormalist Portal.

Once there, you will find a widget that allows you to earn chances (think of them as raffle tickets) by completing simple actions that will support Hunter. Tasks that can earn entries for you range from following him on Twitter to purchasing and reviewing any of his books. (THAT sort of behavior, will get you multiple entries, of course :))

Once you’re done there, there will be an easy link to come back here, so you can continue reading this week’s NetNet.

CLICK TO GO TO THE PARANORMALIST PORTAL

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GET SWEPT UP IN MUSINGS ON VAN GOGH & HEMMINGWAY

Ray has been participating in an A-Z challenge over at his place, and has chosen the theme of art. I’ve enjoyed the whole series so far, and learned a fair bit. This is my my favorite so far:

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From Ray Yanek at Writing the Rails: N is for … (the Night Cafe)

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SPEND THE WEEKEND HUNTING FOR NEWSREEL TREASURES

British Pathé, has uploaded 85,000 historic films to YouTube. Read more about the project at The Telegraph.


The folks over at Mysterious Times brought this to my attention. If you aren’t subscribed to this site that frequently shares historical and paranormal links and tidbits, you ought to be.

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There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.

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