Monday, March 28, 2011

Can we combine them?

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.

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good story.

Nina Pierce said...

I love the premise of your new world. Best of luck pitching it!

Judi said...

Thanks Sapphire and Nina. I've got my fingers crossed, but I have so many irons in the fire, I don't have enough fingers, toes or eyes.