Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading, certainly not the first I ever read, was a short ghost story called, Spook's Bones, about two kids who find the remains of a ghost and properly bury them so he can rest, and then enjoy some sandwiches. I always loved the idea of ghosts and this story has stuck with me. Looking back on it, it's not a great story, very little conflict, and some casual murder, mostly exposition, but it still had an impact on me love of hauntings.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing (and illustrating) was my own version of Moby Dick. I was in first grade, and I drew a picture of a whaling ship being sunk by a whale, and wrote a little story to go with it. I always rooted for the whale.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Winterbay Abbey started as dare to write a Halloween story. My co-author, Davonna Juroe, sent me a list of America's most haunted locations, and dared me to come up with a story centered on one of them. I was already working on a children's middle grade novel, LOST IN GHOSTVILLE (Capstone 2016), so I was into ghost stories. I initially tossed something together, writing on FB messenger, in about five minutes. Davonna added to it, and after maybe half an hour, she suggested we actually write the story for real. That's where Winterbay Abbey came from.
Describe your desk
My desk is a big pile of papers, books, and lots of junk I have to sort through to find anything.
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