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The Sirens of Suspense


Still to come: Halloween guest-blogs from Berkley Prime Crime authors Melissa Bourbon, author of the Magical Dressmaking mystery series; and Carolyn Hart, author of the Bailey Ruth mysteries.Comment on any of the blogs this week to be eligible to win the grand prize!

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Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) is the best-selling author of over a dozen novels, including the Wishcraft Mysteries (It Takes a Witch, A Witch Before Dying) . She's a Dr Pepper enthusiast, total homebody who loves to be close to her family, read, watch Reality TV (totally addicted, especially to competition shows), crochet, occasionally leave the house to hike the beautiful mountains in the northeast, bake (mostly cookies) and dreams of owning a house at the base of Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, VT. Heather grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently, she lives in the Cincinnati area with her family and is hard at work on her next book, The Good, The Bad and the Witchy (out April, 2013).

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I’ve always had a fascination with the paranormal, so it’s really no surprise to me that I started writing psychics, witches, and empaths... My early love of I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, and more currently, my utter adoration of the Long Island Medium have all have influenced me. But alas, I’m not a witch. Or a genie. Or a psychic. Instead of writing what I know (a common phrase in fiction writing), I simply write what fascinates me.

As Halloween nears it’s impossible to ignore the paranormal. Turn on the TV and you’ll see commercials for a variety of horror movies coming to theaters near you. Drive down the street and you’ll see witches and ghosts and goblins peeking out from windows and dangling from trees.

This is the time of year that all things spooky are celebrated. But what about the rest of the year? The times when things don’t only go bump in the night...but also in the daytime?

Beyond pop culture influences, I’ve also had some personal incidents in my life that have made me take note of the paranormal. When my nineteen-year-old son was three, it was early morning when I heard him talking in the other room, having a full conversation with someone I couldn’t see... When I asked him who he was talking to, he said quite seriously (yet calmly), “The man.”

Spooky, right? It was for me too—at first. But my grandfather had died the week before, before he’d had a chance to meet my son... I like to believe that they were getting to know each other.

More recently, I’ve started to notice that when I get into my car, my rearview mirror is tilted. If I run an errand and come back to the car the mirror is askew. Not every time, but enough times to make me wonder who’s riding along with me...

It’s situations like these -- and others I hear about -- that keep me writing about things that can’t easily be explained. I upped the ante in my next Wishcraft book (The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy) that comes out in April. It’s set at Halloween, celebrates the truly paranormal, and deals with things that go bump...all day long. All of it is unexplainable. All of it so very fun.

Fun, because my preference is to take supernatural experiences and keep them light, to find the humor in them, or to take an emotional look at how these things can impact the lives of those around them...for the good. Despite writing murder mysteries, I prefer to focus on the good, not the evil, which comes across in every book I’ve ever written. There’s too much dark in the world as it is—which is why I won’t be seeing any of those scary movies that are out right now. Instead you’ll catch me watching repeats of Bewitched or eavesdropping on my kids to see if they’re having any more interesting conversations...

Have you had anything go bump lately?




WHAT'S THE SPOOKIEST THING THAT'S HAPPENED TO YOU? Tell us, or ask Heather a question by commenting below or visit us and share your thoughts on our Facebook page. and be entered to win Friday's grand prize of a book from each of this week's guest authors!

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