What is your book about?
Giving Up Your Ghosts is about Parker Hale, a young boy who is still recovering from a traumatic loss nearly two years before. The death of his father not only changed Parker’s life, but began a series of events that is shrouded in mystery and amnesia. Since the passing of his father, Parker’s mother has moved on, found a new boyfriend and birthed a new son, but Parker feels stuck in the past. Not only is he haunted by missing memory, but Parker is also taunted by strange nightmares, vivid illusions that might hold the key to his missing time. After befriending the new girl in town, Sarah Ann, Parker begins to unravel the truth. What happened the night his father died? And what secrets hide in Deep Shadow Forest?
What Inspired you to write the book?
When I started writing Giving Up Your Ghosts, I wanted to blend my love for both folklore and the works of R.L. Stine. Growing up, it was R.L. Stine that not only cultivated my love for fiction, but my lifelong loyalty to the horror and supernatural genre. As a child and then teenager, I couldn’t read enough Goosebumps and Fear Street books. Stine had a crisp and clean way of telling a story that I admired. I enjoy long, epic novels, but sometimes less is more, and Stine perfected that.
What is your target audience for the book?
My initial audience for this book would be teenagers, but I believe that this story would appeal to older readers, as well. There are layers to the story that are deep and mature, filled with life lessons that both young adults and adults would appreciate.
What do you hope readers could get out of your book?
This book is about letting go of the past and moving forward, no matter how difficult that might be. When a tragic event occurs, we have to face what happened head on and learn from it, so that we can be better people. Friendship, especially new friendship, is also a central theme in this story. Parker and Sarah Ann’s relationship is the cornerstone of the book, and we can see these two young adults lean on each other when times get rough. Above all else, this story is about forgiveness, not only the forgiveness of others but ourselves.
What are your future/plans for the book?
My future plans for the book is to hopefully get it in front of both young adult and adult readers. I’m very proud of this little story, and I hope people enjoy it as much as I have. New Grimm Village, Ohio, is the setting for this story and I want to write more stories set in this fictional location. Like the Fear Street novels, the stories will not be directly connected, but they will contain similar narrative and themes.
Something more about yourself.
I’m a full-time factory worker with a part-time passion for creating stories. I was born and raised in Ohio, where the majority of my stories are set. I’m married with a teenage daughter and two older step-children. My favorite authors, other than R.L. Stine, are Stephen King, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, and Michael Connely. I have three short story collections that are also available through Amazon and Velox Books.