4 months ago
Black Rite was published today! (available for $2.99 from all major online booksellers. Amazon link in my bio). I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, although I did scare myself a few times.
One of my characters did something so heinous I stopped writing and refused to continue with the scene and tried to write an alternate one. The book ground to a halt and I had writer's block for a week.
Eventually, I realised that, although utterly vile and traumatic to write, it was an essential part of the story and I reluctantly continued. One of the most important things I have learned as a writer is to sit back and let my characters do whatever the hell they want. Interfering just cause’s problems. My job is to just write it down.
I also experienced a great deal of paranormal activity at my house while writing this novel, which continued long after I had finished the first draft.
One of the people I was researching, who died thirty years ago and with whom I felt a particularly strong affinity, moved in. Yeah, seriously. I saw her. I also had knocking sounds coming from the walls, flickering lights (which would continue until I greeted her by name, witnessed by two friends of mine during a video call), cold drafts and pockets of cold air hanging above me, objects being moved, the smell of perfume in my bedroom(!) and a very strong sense of her presence whenever she was around.
I thought I was losing my mind and spent many hours confiding to a Native American friend about my experiences, which to him were perfectly ordinary day–to-day occurrences. After about fifteen months of this, it all stopped and I realised that she had moved on, although why, I have no idea. Perhaps a medium who is reading this may be able to offer some theories. If so, please leave a comment bellow!
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