AHOW Blog Tour #17 – Donise Sheppard

Today we have the seventeenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Donise Sheppard. Her story “Coalrun Road” is one I think any parent of multiple children can relate to. Kids, especially insolent teenagers, have a way of leaving their belongings strewn about the house. if you enjoyed the ‘Poltergeist’ movies, this is the story for you! And I say this not because she has proven herself to be my #1 fan, but because her story is just that good!


Coalrun Road

Jennifer’s in love with her family’s new house. Her youngest daughter copes with the move by making an imaginary friend. When objects start moving on their own, Jennifer begins to wonder if the bargain house has a secret. There’s a perfume stench in the bathroom that won’t go away, and Jennifer sees wisps of blonde hair when nobody is around. Maybe the drawings behind the wallpaper in the bedroom are just a sick joke from a previous owner, but what if they aren’t?

What inspired you to write this story?
Ghosts terrify me. I wanted to write something that would scare someone else just as much as it scares me.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing for fun when I was a little girl. I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until I was in college.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
I like to write Young Adult with science fiction and romance elements. I like the idea of incorporating real life with fantastical elements.

What are you working on now?
At this moment, I am working on a Young Adult science fiction novel and another short story in the horror genre.

What else do you have published?
I have previously published six young adult novels, three of which are part of a dystopian series.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Read whenever you can, and write at least an hour a day, even when you have writer’s block, because writing anything is always better than writing nothing.

Links to your writing:

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