Kids Who See Ghosts: How to Guide Them Through Fear. Kids Who See Ghosts takes an up-close and personal look at ghosts, the kids who see them, and the parents who want to help.When children see ghosts, parents often wonder whether their children have a unique talent, need psychological help, or are experiencing a one time, weird event.
My motivation is simple. I cannot imagine a child, frozen in fear, unable to sleep in his own bed or refusing to enter her bedroom, growing into an adult who is not scared of their environment and world. It is time to talk about this stuff so that the next generation can be more empowered in the face of their fears and so that their parents might find understanding, reprieve, and compassion.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma, home of Fort Sill, 5th Army artillery headquarters. Can you imagine growing up next to the artillery range and hearing the “big guns” day in and day out?
My second published book happened to be released at a time when I had major emergency surgery and a near-death experience, so I wasn’t in great shape to do a lot of book marketing. Nor was I convinced I was a good writer. I got serious about writing in 2002 – since then, I’ve ghosted 50 nonfiction projects, and have written and been published myself. My 2009 book release won a National Book Award in the Parenting category. That convinced me I can write well enough for an interested reader.
What inspired you to write this book?
I started a blog on parenting children with intuitive intelligence. I couldn’t think of anything to write until I saw the A & E channel television show about psychic children who see ghosts. I posted one blog on that topic, and within two weeks had 10,000 views and the blog was suddenly a site where parents wanted info on how to help their children who see ghosts. The book became a compilation of responses and stories.
How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?
I have an agent, and she found the publisher. I like working with Red Wheel\Weiser team of great people.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
My fourth grade teacher said she would accept extra credit if any of us students wanted to write poetry. I did! That opened the door to creativity and curiosity. Also the encouragement of a high school creative writing teacher to enter writing contests I won was of great encouragement.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
For me, it is getting started, and ending. The outline in the middle seems to be the easiest part for me.
How do you do research for your books?
By reading and taking notes and interviewing, then organizing and reorganizing – much like research for a doctoral dissertation. I immerse myself and then go from global views to specific focus and topic.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
I learned that if I write a book, people believe that the book content is something I believe personally as opposed to a research project I found interesting, researched and wrote about. I interviewed forty people, researched, found some answers and wrote a parenting book. I discovered that despite the fact that 45% of Americans believe in “ghosts” and “angels,” few professionals will discuss the topic, and one even threatened to sue me if I used his name. ghosts and spirits are touchy subjects when writing it as a popular topic and not a professional topic, per se.
What are you reading now?
No book currently is on my night stand.
What types of books do you like to read?
I read crime novels, biographic profiles, and marketing books when I have time
Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I admire authors like Grisham, Baldacci, Tannebaum and such authors who craft a 500-page story so smoothly that I hang on each page. I would like to learn their craft. And I always fee Elmore Leonard had a unique flare for strange characters!
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Kids Who See Ghosts 2 is about the truth behind the phenomenon – the science of perception and possiblity.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Write every day means to focus on writing something. Persistent and consistent focus does have an exponential return as your brain cells know you won’t ever give up!
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
email campaign for amazon sales, 80 radio shows, 3-week blog tour, teaching through teleconferences.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Please go to www.Kidswhoseeghosts.com