Saturday, March 31, 2012

Do you believe in ghosts?

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Although I'm best known for writing cozy mysteries, that's not where I got my writing start.  (If you want to go back to ancient times, I started out writing Star Trek stories for my own enjoyment.)  But I've always been fascinated by things other worldly.

Recently, I purchased the first season of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).  It was syndicated in the US in the 1980s. It's about a couple of not-too-successful private detectives, one of whom gets killed in the very first episode.  It, plus the novels of Barbara Michaels, inspired me to write my Jeff Resnick Mysteries.

Everything kind of happened at once. I loved the paranormal threads in Ms. Michaels (okay, Barbara Mertz, also known as Elizabeth Peters) romantic suspense novels, but it was also the Jeff (Randall) and Marty (Hopkirk) adventures that encouraged me to think about stories that involved the supernatural.

Then again ... it could have been the Leonard Nimoy/Susan Hampshire made-for-TV movie Baffled! that pushed me to try my hand at writing something in the paranormal (and NO not vampires, zombies, or werewolves) realm (and, yes, I can recite nearly 90% of the movie from memory, Too bad I can't buy a DVD of it).

There are ghosts in some of my stories (and I won't tell you which ones -- you can read them to find out for yourself).

That said, do I actually believe in ghosts? 

I don't think so. 

Then again ... one never knows. 

How about you?
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