We didn’t want to add another YA story to the shelves in which the main characters easily overcame incredible obstacles in their way. We wanted our readers to to be unsure if our main characters would even make it through the next chapter.
What makes a villain a villain? I’ve always been a fascinated—and a little bit terrified—of villains, especially in fairytales. As a child, I couldn’t get enough of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs even if the old witch sent me diving into our couch cushions
Character Development of a Paranormal Investigator
When I began working on SPOOKYGIRL: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR, I knew right away that its main character, Violet, would have a ghostly pet. Because she has the ability to communicate with otherworldly spirits, Violet is all too used to ghosts. They don’t frighten her; they’re just a part of her daily life. It made sense, then, for her to have one as a sidekick.
The result of that decision became Buster, a mischievous supernatural being Violet refers to as an abnormal poltergeist. Loud and rambunctious, Buster likes to toss around squeaky dog toys, eat cookies, and turn furniture upside down. He’s like an invisible, overactive puppy—and luckily, he’s crate trained.