That is exactly what Judi Phillips did.
Thank you, Judi, for taking the time to give us a little insight on how you came up with your world and your ghosts.
Thanks, Evelyn, for inviting me to your blog.
I love writing paranormal and time travel and enjoy reading science fiction. It occurred to me a while ago that I might be able to combine time travel with sci fi. And that lead to the creation of my planet, Lunalayah, a planet having two moons that rise on opposites of the horizon once a year.
But the most fun about creating it was enlisting the assistance of my No. 2 son, who has a masters in linguistics. He and I brainstormed names and words used in the story. I also wanted a setting that wasn't the traditional medieval, but not so different that readers couldn't recognize. Since my other son lives in North Africa and I've visited there several times, I thought it would be interesting to have the culture of Lunalayah be a blend of medieval and Arabic. I am currently polishing Two Moons Rising and plan to pitch it to an editor at the NEC conference next month.
On the paranormal front, Ghost of a Chance is currently have a book available from The Wild Rose Press. It all started years ago when a friend mentioned her house was haunted. But when her twins were born, apparently Ms. Ghost didn't like all the racket and left. I also knew about several other haunted houses. So, of course, I began to wonder what if . . .
Now, what kind of ghost story to write? I didn't want the hero or heroine to be the ghost. I wasn't sure I believed the ghost could come back to life.
But, what if a logical engineer type bought a haunted house? And needed an interior decorator type and hired a woman reluctant to acknowledge her intuitive abilities. And their daughters decided to do a bit of matchmaking. And the ghost was a mischievous little boy. And there were interfering mothers, too. All combining to tell a funny, touching story.
Here's where you can find Judi on the Web: