Renee Freeman lives in California with her partner and her cat. She enjoys cooking, reading, wood working, and volunteering with the Rossmoor Woman's Club.
Born in Colorado, Renee has a degree in Sociology from the University of Southern Colorado. She moved to California in 2002 to be with her partner, who introduced her to the wonderful world of live theatre in Los Angeles. They were regular attendees at Thrilling Adventure Hour.
Their cat is a rescue, adopted in 2010, and is often found curled on Renee's shoulder while she works on the computer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Colorado, in the mountains. I could walk down the road and be in a national park. Our backyard stretched for several acres, and the dogs and I would have a grand time roaming around and pretending we were on some great adventure. I even made a little clubhouse underneath some tree branches.
I think growing up there helped to expand my imagination. When you're a kid and you have all this land to roam through, you can be anything from a miner panning for gold, or an outlaw hiding from the sheriff, or even an archeologist digging in the dirt. As I grew up, the adventures I imagined going on were told in the stories I would write.
Who are your favorite authors?
Well, I have to admit, modern fiction isn't something I enjoy. My favorite authors are from years ago, but they're classics. Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ursula LeGuin. They both delved into things that left me in awe. Identity and gender identity and where the two of them cross. I also love Elizabeth Peters; her Amelia Peabody books are a delight to sink into.
Several years ago I also found Simon Toyne, whose work I enjoy. I think his first book was the best, though. Then of course there's Neil Gaimon. Naomi Novik. Melinda Lo. Adaptation, by Melinda Lo, is a fantastic book.
When a photo is taken of a ghost at Alcatraz, paranormal researcher Samantha Jarvis is sent with her team to investigate. They follow a wave of ghost sightings across the United States, ending with a confrontation in a historic field in Pennsylvania. But are they chasing ghosts or is history chasing them?