Monday, May 11, 2009
Interview with Christine B
Interview with Christine B.
Christine B. writes about subjects most people don't normally enjoy thinking about, yet ponder, just the same. Presenting a "what if" slant in her poetry, short stories and novels, her works suggest alternative answers to some of life's most intriguing questions, while guiding readers off the beaten path into paranormally "Dangerous Terrain." Christine owns El Dorado Paranormal Investigations. She creates a monthly newsletter, "Paranormal Musings," which delves into paranormal subjects and educates the public that "Paranormal is Normal.” Her novels include: “The Afterlife of Charlotte Browning” (won Best General Fiction and Best Media Package of 2008 from the Northern California Publishers and Authors); “From the Stones-A Colleen Broadhurst Adventure;” and “The Coming 12/21/2012”. She is also working on a non-fiction book about her own paranormal experiences and those of others. Christine can be reached via her web site: http://edparanormal.com, which has been named one of the most informative paranormal sites on the web. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Q: What was it that got you started in investigating the Paranormal?
A: Well, I have to contribute my fraternal grandmother for igniting my interest in the paranormal when I was still a young child. She told me my first ghost stories about how she saw the spirits of her family member who had passed. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about the paranormal from the time I could read.
I also lived in a haunted house in a suburb of Ohio for twelve years when I was first married in the early 70’s. I saw the spirits who shared the house with us every day. I was never frightened of them because I knew they just wanted to let us know they were there, and they were not in the least bit negative.
2. Q: What is the name of your paranormal investigation group?
A: El Dorado Paranormal Investigations out of Placerville, CA. I have a web site that I have created at http://edparanormal.com. My goal is to reach out to as many people I can to teach them that the paranormal is normal. The web site helps with that endeavor. I work with a youth group in an effort to teach them that there is nothing to be frightened of about the paranormal. The kids are great investigators and are generally dedicated to the work.
I also work with other paranormal groups in my area. I enjoy working with as many paranormal groups as I can because they all have their own techniques. We are all working toward the same goal—to find some answers to the unexplained.
3. Q: Tell us about the novels and short stories you’ve written about the paranormal.
A: I started my first novel, “The Afterlife of Charlotte Browning” while I was living in the haunted house. I realized after I had written several chapters that I needed to live a bit longer before I could finish it. So I kept reading about the paranormal—mostly books written by Dr. Hans Holzer, the famous paranormal investigator of the time period. Dr. Holzer was my inspiration to become a paranormal investigator.
In 1992 I took up the manuscript again and finished it within four months. I started my second book, “The Coming ~ 12/21/2012” right afterwards and finished that 500 page novel within six months. I started my third novel, “From the Stones” right after that and finished it within 3 months. I was working full time at the time, and wrote on weekends and in the evenings.
I’ve written my paranormally based short stories since then. I began writing poetry when I was still in high school. I have always written something… it’s what I do.
Paranormal Musings Newsletter is my monthly publication that I send out to hundreds of people all over the world who are interested in the paranormal. Through this venue I am able to write articles about various aspects of the paranormal and the unexplained and share my research with my readers. I also publish True Paranormal Experiences articles in the newsletter written by others who have sent me their stories. The newsletter is free to anyone who is interested in reading it. All anyone has to do is to send their email address to my email address: email@example.com and I add them to my email mailing list. I send out my newsletter via email at the end of every month.
I’m presently working on a non-fiction book about the paranormal, as well.
4. Q: Are any of your works published?
A: “The Afterlife of Charlotte Browning” and “From the Stones” are both available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. “The Coming ~ 12/21/2012” my short stories, paranormal articles and many of my poems are published on HubPages and are available free to anyone who visits the site. http://hubpages.com/profile/Christine+B.
5. Q: Have you won any awards for your work?
A: In 2008 the Northern California Publishers and Authors association in Sacramento awarded “The Afterlife of Charlotte Browning” with their “Best General Fiction” and “Best Media Package” awards. I was thrilled that they appreciated the book.
Christine, thanks for stopping by and sharing your ideas and information about your books and writing.