One Garish Ghost and Blueberry Jam
Interview with Jennifer Fischetto
1 - What do you enjoy about writing paranormal fiction?
I love the freedom that a fictional world gives. I have flexibility with my world's rules, and that's a lot of fun. Plus, I love the supernatural and the "what ifs" of ghosts, witches, time travel and other paranormal phenomenon. It's exciting. :)
2 - Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
I love my lead, Gianna. She has a goofy side that I find refreshing and a lot of fun to write. She doesn't take herself seriously. She's not overly concerned about appearances or how she comes across to others, which allows her to have the freedom of acting silly. And she has a super close, loving, and loyal family. She'd do anything for them.
3 - What are you working on right now?
I am writing book 4 of the Jamie Bond Mysteries, with Gemma Halliday.
4 - Have you ever had a paranormal experience? If yes, please elaborate.
When I was between 3 and 5, I was lying on the top of my toy chest. One side was close to the wall, and I allowed my arms to hang over the sides. It wasn't that wide of a box. My left arm was between the box and wall, and I felt someone grip my hand. I don't recall what happened next, but I assume I got scared, lol, because I remember crying to my mom. She tried to play it off as not a big deal (she definitely believes in the paranormal) and told me that it must've been one of my dolls. But I knew none of them could move, and I definitely felt someone close their hand around my fingers.
5 - What has your experience as an author been like so far? Easy? Hard? Different than you thought?
Something you'd never do again?
I've been writing since I was a child. I still recall my first original short story in 8th grade, with its own construction paper cover. haha When I started writing seriously though, I assumed I'd sit at my computer and the words would flow from my brain through my fingers, and the pages would fly by. Excuse me while I laugh uncontrollably for a moment. :)
I learned that most of the time it is very hard. It's like walking uphill in a foot of fresh, firm, packed snow in slippers. It's cold, I'm all alone, and I forgot my ski poles at home. But then some days you get to sit at the top of the hill and slide back down on a totally shiny, cool sled and you know there's hot cocoa waiting below. Despite it being so much harder than I ever imagined though, I wouldn't do anything else. :)
6 - Please share your favorite line from the book.
Oh wow, that's hard. I have more than one from the same scene. Taken out of context it isn't nearly as much fun, so I'll write the whole paragraph, but my favorite is the last line:
Izzy perches halfway in and halfway out of the window in some delicate dancer-type pose. She took ballet as a child. I colored with my box of 96 Crayolas. I don't think Burnt Sienna could've helped with my landing.