New Collection of Ghost Whisperer Stories Published
You might think that with the lockdown, I’d be frantically scribbling away, every moment of every day, churning out story after story – or at least, making rapid progress in editing my children’s novels. But I’m one of those key workers who still need to keep working, albeit at home, so my time is still somewhat limited. And although I’m not travelling to and from work, the days are rushing past so quickly, I don’t seem to have any more time to myself than I did before.
But I have managed to find the time (at last!) to do a final edit on my latest collection of short stories starring Liberty Gibbens, Ghost Whisperer; and two days ago, my partner Rick and I designed the front cover, which always makes it suddenly more real. The photograph we used is mine, but the expertise in putting the elements together is all his, and as always, I’m hugely grateful for his help and support in this vital stage of production.
And last night, I finalised the Author’s Note and Dedication and put it all together, checked it over, tweaked the layout a bit, wrote the blurb and … uploaded it to Amazon. At 1:48 this morning, I received an email telling me that Liberty Gibbens, Ghost Whisperer Volume 3 was now live! (No, I wasn’t sitting at my computer hitting refresh until the notification arrived – I saw it when I got up this morning.)
Once again, our heroine Liberty Gibbens (Libby to her friends) encounters a series of unquiet spirits, persuades them to tell her their stories, and offers them help to pass over. The stories in this volume are:
The Family Curse – following on from the flash story in Horripilations Volume 2, we discover the reason for two suicides and several unexplained deaths, and meet the vengeful spirit aiming to make the whole family suffer.
Seeking Susan – continuing the second story from Horripilations Volume 2, Susan won’t rest until she knows her murdering ex-husband is behind bars. But even she doesn’t know the full story of his crimes.
The Widow’s Tale – Libby and her friend Ruth encounter the spirit of a woman from the Civil War. But why is she still on the Earth plane after all these centuries?
The Body-Snatched – Libby meets the spirit of a Georgian pauper on the upper floor of a library.
Lizzy Dripping – Answering Libby’s advertisement as a ghost whisperer, Laura has an unusual problem: it seems her pond is haunted!
I’ve followed my usual practice and extended some of the stories from my Horripilations collection to kick off this volume. The first two ‘Libbys’ took the stories from Horripilations Volume 1 to their final conclusions, as Libby met the ghosts involved and helped them resolve their reasons for staying earth-bound. I then collected the stories from H1 and the ‘Libbys’ 1 and 2 into an omnibus edition called Departing Souls Volume 1, available in paperback and Kindle editions. I’m planning to do the same with H2, when Libby 4 is published.
As I mention in my Author’s Note at the end of the book, I originally started writing short stories about Libby to get to know her better. She started life as the main character in a paranormal crime novel called Past Sins, which was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger Award by the Crime Writers’ Association in 2003, but I still haven’t finished editing that story yet. Perhaps if these collections become popular, it’ll spur me on! You can let me know what you think by contacting me on my Facebook page, or through my website, and I’d genuinely love to hear from you. Writing, they say, can be a lonely business, but talking with readers makes it all worthwhile.
Earlier this year, Horripilations Volume 3 was published, giving me even more inspiration for my Libby stories. So much as I love interacting with my readers, I can’t hang around here much longer – I’ve got a lot of writing to do!
But seriously, folks, I really hope that my readers will have as much fun reading my stories as I have writing them. If so, please do leave me a review, as this is largely how people find me – that and word of mouth. I don’t have a large marketing budget – I don’t have a marketing budget at all! – so anything you can do to make my stories more visible is hugely appreciated. And with everyone who isn’t a key worker currently wondering how to fill their time, I’d expect there to be more demand for stories than ever. Do go and have a look, and if you think it might be for you, go on – treat yourself – and maybe treat a friend as well!