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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

An Interview With a Psychic by Karen Michelle Nutt @KMNbooks #endoftheroad #ghosts

An exciting guest post for Wicked Wednesday. Welcome Karen Michelle Nutt. She's brought us a Q&A with Kaleb Houston, a character from End of the Road. 

The wind blows gently and the morning sun shines bright overhead, keeping away the morning chill as Karen Michelle Nutt makes her way down the Malibu Pier. Since Kaleb Houston doesn't live far from the pier, they decided to conduct the interview here. The sound of the waves crashing against the pillars below is like a siren's call for surfers. Karen peeks over the edge of the railing and in the distance, she indeed spots surfers in the water at Malibu Surfrider Beach as they wait patiently to catch the next ride. When she finally turns away, she spots Kaleb striding toward her. He has dark hair and a scruffy beard he wears more like a badge of honor than a fashion statement. He smiles as he reaches her. Karen hands Kaleb a large cup of black coffee, just like he ordered. She takes a sip of her cinnamon almond latte as he indulges in his drink of choice. Then they're ready to conduct the interview.
KAREN: Let me start by introducing Kaleb Houston, one of the stars in the novel End of the Road. He's here to tell us a little bit about his experiences with ghosts.
KALEB HOUSTON: Yes, I can see dead people. (He teases but then becomes serious.) Since I was young, I could see and talk to ghosts. At least the ones who wanted to communicate with the living. There are different kinds of ghosts and not all ghosts are considered intelligent.
KAREN: Tell us a little about the different types of ghosts you've encountered?
KALEB HOUSTON: Ghosts are usually people or animals that for some reason or another cannot cross over. Sometimes a person will remain earthbound out of fear or they might have a message they want to tell someone before they move on. On some occasions, a love one could be the one holding the ghost earthbound and they won't leave until that love one says goodbye to them.
KAREN: You also mentioned there are intelligent ghosts. What did you mean by that statement?
KALEB HOUSTON: When I say they're intelligent, I mean they are able to communicate or interact with the living. If I rearrange the furniture in my house, they're aware that I did and will walk around it as if they were still alive. However, a residual ghost is like a recording. The ghost may play out certain aspects of a traumatic event. Maybe one that led up to their death or they might play out a time in their life that they enjoyed. Then there is the poltergeist. This usually involves sporadic activity. Noises and maybe objects are moved. Then there is what I like to call a spirit.
KAREN: Aren't ghosts and spirits the same thing?"
KALEB HOUSTON: Some may argue they are but to me there is a difference. What I call spirits are those that have crossed over but come back occasionally to visit loved ones. They don't always appear as they did in life but rather you know their presence when you catch a whiff of the perfume they once wore or there may be a light touch on your arm, a breeze where there shouldn't be one, or perhaps a tug of your hair will alert you that you're not alone.
KAREN: So Lars Gunner, Cecilia's father, is an intelligent ghost then.
KALEB HOUSTON: Yes. He is the most opinionated ghost I've ever met. Stubborn and bossy too. Frankly, I'm not sure why millions fell in love with the rock star. Heck, who am I kidding, the fans are still in love with him even though he died 23 years ago.
KAREN: I have a good idea why. Not only was he a looker, the guy could sing and he wrote his own heartfelt lyrics.
KALEB HOUSTON: Oh no, not you too. (He smacks his forehead with a sigh.) You've fallen for the Nordic god of Rock and Roll just like all his other minions.
Karen chuckles.
KAREN: Maybe just a little.
KALEB HOUSTON: Okay, I must admit he has some good qualities. He cares deeply for his daughter, annoyingly so. He's popped in unannounced at the most inconvenient times. Anyway, Cecilia and I are working together to help him move on to the afterlife. He can't stay on this plane forever.
KAREN: Why not?
KALEB HOUSTON: Ghosts need energy to stay on this plane and more so if they want to be seen. They can draw energy from electricity and batteries, but they can also draw energy from the living too.
KAREN: Obviously, it wouldn't be healthy for a person to have a ghost leach off them for long periods of time.
KALEB HOUSTON: No, it wouldn't. Lars Gunner died when Cecilia was only three years old and as much as I'd like her to spend time with her father and get to know him, he must move on.
KAREN: I suppose he does. I do hope he goes willingly. I like to ask some more questions, but I believe our time is up for today. I want to thank you for meeting me here and sharing your knowledge about the afterlife.
KALEB HOUSTON: My pleasure. If you don't mind, I'd like to let the readers know END OF THE ROAD is available in both print and eBook formats. And for a limited time, the eBook is only 99¢.
Question for the Readers: If you could talk to ghosts, who would you like to have a conversation with and what would you say? Could be someone famous, a rock star, an actor, a writer...
About the Book:
Lars Gunner, the frontman for Silent Plaids, died 23 years ago and his death was ruled an unfortunate accident. Despite the fact he can't recall what happened to him in his last moments of life, he is convinced he was murdered. He has been trapped in limbo until his daughter, Cecilia, unearths his journal and is able to see him. She seeks help from Kaleb, a psychic, but as they resurrect the past, the secrets and lies surrounding Lars' rock and roll life just may be the death of them too. 

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Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband. Though her three children are grown and starting their own adventures, she still has a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.
When she's not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian's Book Covers, "Judge Your Book By Its Cover".
Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.
Visit the author at her website:
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  1. Brenda,
    Thank you so much for having me on your blog. Much appreciated. :)

    1. It's a great post. I hope lots of people look in.