Clarissa Johal

Biography

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

STRUCK, a paranormal gothic horror.
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BETWEEN, a story of the paranormal.
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*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012

PRADEE, a young adult fantasy.
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*Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first short story in grade six. I was asked by the teacher to read it aloud to the class, which terrified me. After I was finished, I realized that I actually had everyone’s attention! I was shy and we moved every year, so I was always the new kid. When you’re in that situation, it’s kind of like being invisible. Finding my voice through story-telling made me realize how powerful writing could be.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Some stories begin as random scenes, some as characters, and some are born from asking the question, “What if?” I was hit with the idea of STRUCK while running on a forest trail near my house. It was during a thunderstorm and I wondered what it would be like to be hit by lightning. I write about ghosts and things that go bump in the night and in essence, those entities are energy. What if a portal was opened by a lightning strike? And what if that portal allowed the energy from those entities to escape? The idea was intriguing and I went to bed still thinking about it. That night, I dreamt I stood in a field, with lightning striking the ground all around me. But the lightning wasn’t just releasing electrical energy, the lightning was releasing negative entities from the Otherworld. I woke from the nightmare in a panic, thinking those entities had somehow attached themselves to me. And so a story is born.
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Where to find Clarissa Johal online


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Books

Struck
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,120. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014 by Musa Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
The shadows hadn't been waiting. The shadows had been invited. After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning.
Between
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,760. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012 by Musa Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
As a young girl, Lucinda was able to see spirits. Now, a dedicated young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that every life can be saved. As Lucinda is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events.

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