Monday, October 27, 2008

All About Nichole R. Bennett


I'm honored to get to start this blog off.  

As I'm sure you can tell, this blog is dedicated to paranormal authors.  Why write paranormal?  For me, the answer is simple.  I like ghosts.  I believe they exist.  I know they exist.  I've seen them.  I've talked to them.  Some of them have even talked back.

Some people may think that's a little nuts.  Some might want to get me fitted for a nice white jacket, or get me started on the latest anti-psychic medication.  That's why I don't usually discuss my experiences with the paranormal.  

Now that I live in a highly-spiritual area of the country, my paranormal experiences seem to happen more frequently.  Is it because of the beautiful Black Hills?  Or am I just more open now than I was in my late-teens and 20s?  Who knows.  Maybe both.

Why I write is harder to explain.  I've heard it said that a true writer can't not write.  I'm not sure I believe that.  Some days it would be a lot easier to play computer games or even fold the laundry than stare at a blank computer screen trying to come up with the next scene.  But I try anyway.  I enjoy it.  

I've written my entire life.  As a child, I published a small newspaper about the events in my neighborhood.  Each press run was one copy, done on leftover school paper with crayon-drawing images that I pretended were photos.  As I grew up, I went to college to be a journalist.  I joined the Air Force to be a public affairs specialist (any other DINFOS-trained-killers out there?) and to pay for the rest of my college eduction.  Now I spend my days writing fiction.  OK, some could say that's what I did in the military, too, but let's not go there.

I'm currently working on my first novel.  Ghost Mountain is about a 30-something mother who is compelled by her spirit guide to help solve a murder.  Cerri doesn't want to help.  She doesn't event want to believe in spirit guides.  But the circumstances are too compelling.  And the family traditions she's grown up — and tried to abandon — along with her over-riding sense of justice ensure Cerri sees this through to the end. 

Cerri and I are a lot alike.  We're both on a journey that, at times, seems out of our hands with "talents" we've tried to deny.  But we'll both keep plugging along and make it work to our advantage!


1 comment:

ben said...

Believe I read some of your early work in the 'Donard Anthology.'