My upcoming release from Turquoise Morning Press—Timeless—is the result of the original cover publisher Kim Jacobs put on the TMP website. She was advertising the new category lines, and one was paranormal. My name was on its cover just as a sample. Immediately, I told Kim I wanted to write it.
So how do you start a book that only has a cover? You look at the cover! The picture shows a man and a woman, probably in love, and a little girl in the background. This book was supposed to be a paranormal, so of course the child had to be a ghost.
I pulled out a couple of books from my research library: Haunts of Old Louisville by David Domine, and The Great Louisville Tornado of 1890 by Keven McQueen. I wanted to use information from both books as inspiration and background for my story.
I went to the Internet for other research. It’s strange what a novelist needs when writing, and the Internet is a handy place to find that information. Some of the things I researched were Baxter Square Park—Louisville’s first park—a party game called Flip Cup, post traumatic stress disorder, and the events of September 11, 2001. I also researched a hill in Cherokee Park where people sled in the winter, but that is still called “dog hill.” I investigated carriages from the 1890’s and period clothing.
Being a history major as well as an ex-English teacher came in handy when writing Timeless. It didn’t take long to research and the book was easy to write. Maybe more about that later. Let me know if you read the book and like it.
I believe Timeless is the best book I’ve written so far.