Monday, February 6, 2012

My Guest Today: Coral Russell

I am pleased to welcome writer Coral Russell to Words from Thin Air today. Coral is a versatile writer who won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative, which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula, about South Korea's view on reunification. You can also find various articles written by her on Technorati and BlogCritics. After winning a fiction writing contest (a fluke), she caught the fiction bug. An encounter with something paranormal on a local ghost tour inspired her to start writing her ghost hunter series.

And she has her own personal ghost story to share! Read on...

I have had strange experiences in my life that have led me to believe that there is 'something' beyond this life. One of the most memorable experiences was with my husband. We bought a one hundred year old house. It was 2400 square feet. The upstairs and downstairs consisted of a wide room at least thirty feet long with two ceiling fans. The foyer of the house was done in oak and had three flights of stairs. My husband worked during the day and I worked part-time at night and would get home about 11 p.m.

Our house was on the corner and for weeks now I had driven up to a house ablaze with light. My husband had turned every single light in the house on and there were many windows, so you could see it from a couple of blocks away. I begged him to think of the electricity and please turn off the lights. Surely he didn't need every light in the house on when it got dark.

He mumbled something or other and I still came home to find the house all lit up. It was welcoming, but I dreaded receiving the electric bill.

One night we were watching TV downstairs. The TV was in front of a big picture window at one end of the big room downstairs. We had a loveseat in front of the TV and to our left was the foyer. I'm not sure when we became aware of footsteps overhead, but they were at least twenty to twenty-five feet behind where we were sitting. My husband and I both turned and looked up. The footsteps were walking straight down the middle of the room and the ceiling fan directly behind us shook a little as they passed.

Then the footsteps proceeded down the stairs. The staircase was old and every step creaked loudly. As the footsteps continued down the three flights of stairs, my husband and I leaned forward and looked into the foyer fully expecting to see a person enter the foyer. The footsteps stopped. Only there was no one there.

For the first time my husband and I looked at each other. We had been speechless this entire time. Then my husband jumped up, turned to me and said, “See, that's the same #$%* that's been going on every night in this house!”

I never asked him to turn off the lights again.

Her titles include Peace on the Peninsula, Twelve Worlds, Playing with Fire, The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing, and Amador Lockdown:
Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.
You can join Coral's mailing list to find out about new releases and updates, and view the trailer for this spooky novel on YouTube.

Ms. Russell also runs the blog alchemyofscrawl at alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com. Stop by for the latest in Indie book reviews, news, and resources. You can stalk her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+.

1 comment:

Coral Russell said...

Thanks for having me! :)