Clarissa Johal

Biography

Clarissa Johal is the bestselling author of paranormal novels, Poppy, The Island, Voices, Struck, and Between. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s swinging from a trapeze, or taking pictures of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep.

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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Books

Struck
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,110. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Caught a terrible storm, Gwynneth is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of a mysterious stranger. Following her release, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift—one that will stay the hands of death. She is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something sinister... for as he shares more of this gift, his price becomes deadly.
The Island
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,250. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Rumors and superstition. That’s what Emma thinks about local gossip concerning her grandmother’s “cursed” private island. Emma journeys to the island to ready it for sale. While out exploring, she unearths a hidden cave which holds answers to the island’s dark past. There may be more to the rumors than she thought.
Poppy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,340. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A red-headed, pink-loving mortician who speaks to the dead. A moody, unsociable funeral director. Poppy and Dante from "Struck" are back. Something is lingering around Skyview Funeral Home—and it's stealing souls of the dead. With Dante in tow, Poppy is determined to put a stop to it. Can she protect those who are trying to cross over, or will her soul be next? *Poppy is a standalone novel
Pradee - The Guardian of the Orb
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,260. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Three friends are accused of poisoning an Elder in their village. They escape to the mysterious region of Vel to search for the Guardian of a mythical artifact, one with the power to see the past and change the future. If they find the artifact, it could prove their innocence. However, if it falls into the wrong hands, it could destroy the future of their world as they know it.
Voices
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,120. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2015 by Permuted. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Moira Flynn hears voices. The voices of ghosts. As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he realizes that her ghosts, Jack and Isabella, are real. And Jack is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him. Will she be able to escape the ghosts that haunt her–or will they drive her to the edge of insanity?

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