Today I am really glad to have Rasheedah, the author of American Specter, on the blog. I had a chance to interview her about her debut, but first her are the details about her book.
So good to have you here with us, Rasheedah. American Specter sounds really wonderfully creepy, right up my alley. Tell us a bit about the story.
The story follows an FBI Agent, Audra Wheeler, who rescued her sister from a paranormal attack when she was just a teenager. But, the attack leaves her sister in a coma. When ghosts and specters show up and become the “norm” Audra begins to suspect that earlier attack could have been a specter’s handiwork. When other victims turn up she follows that instinct and it leads her to Specter, Georgia which turns out to be a haven for ghosts.
Specter. The city sounds as spine-chilling as the story. Describe this town in one short paragraph (without spoilers) so our readers can get an idea.
Well, it is a typical small southern town with a town square. The relationship between the specters and the living is one of peaceful but cautious coexistence. The specters have their supporters as well as their sceptics. When Audra comes to town with her theory of a spectre serial killer it definitely sets the town on edge and strains that peaceful coexistence.
What makes FBI Agent Audra Wheeler special? Does she have any quirks?
The thing I like most about Audra is that she goes with her instincts even when it can cost her career. She’s not afraid to face the evils of the past to get to the truth. It definitely would be easy for her to just leave things alone, but she’s not looking for the easy way out.
She doesn’t have any quirks per se, but the people and entities around her certainly do. My favourite being a specter called Gwyn. In life Gwyn was the traditional bookworm wallflower. But, as a spectre she’s taken on a flare for dramatics that help Audra along the way.
My motto is, put yourself in your character's shoes. What would you do if you were in Audra's shoes?
I would never want to be in Audra’s shoes. One reason being that she’s constantly surrounded by death. One thing she reflects on in the book is the fact that not all of the specters were able to live a long and full life. There are children, and teenage, and young adult specters. They all died. I would not want to be in the thick of facing that on a daily basis.
Is this a series? Do you have other upcoming releases?
This is a series. I do have other upcoming releases. My Science Fiction Romance Novella Series Amullette Rose will release it’s next bookAmullette Aflame in time for the summer heat. The sequel to this noel: American Specter: Winter Solstice will release in time for Christmas 2014.
As a writer, we usually have special quotes in the stories we write. What's your favourite in American Specter?
“There are some souls that are too good for this Earth.” Every time I think of tragedy and people who parish before their time, especially when it’s due to senseless violence I think it must be because they really are beautiful people who are too good for the human condition.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Rasheedah! :)