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?


Sherri A. Dub said...

I believe.
But, like they say, personal expirience is always the proper stimulation.
I've had that, in my life, as a child. So, I'm sold.
Other than that, I wanted to add, I love Barbara Michaels mysteries. She's the absolute~definitive in mystery writing, from my take.
So, if she helped you to write anything, it has to be good:)
Thanks for the chat.

Aurian said...

Yes, I do believe in Ghosts, but have not had a personal experience. Not sure I want one either. But there is more between heaven and earth than my eyes can see and my ears can hear.

Dru said...

I definitely believe since I have a ghost who likes to visit me in the laundry room and in my office.

Carol S said...

I have experienced un-normal occurances at an old newspaper office: a face reflected in an inside window (scared me enough to get up and look in the back to see who was there but no one was), marbles dropping from the ceiling, and cigarette smoke-smell. An owner died in a fire upstairs back in the 1950s; the building was built in the late 1800s.

Katreader said...

I do believe and have had some personal paranormal experiences. I also love the books of Barbara Michaels (and her other personas) and can't believe I never heard of the show Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)-it sounds right up my alley. I enjoy books with a paranormal slant-Jeff included!

Linda McDonald said...

We had a very unusual experience at a house we rented in Utah while on vacation. We went to bed and a fire magically started up in the fireplace. A wood fire, that we never started. And we heard some loud banging noises in the house that we could not explain. The upper floor was fine, the lower floor where all the bedrooms (and the fireplace) were, was freezing and had a strange warped floor that maybe was caused by water damage. We spent three nights there and I was kind of happy to leave on our last day there.