Q: What other lessons do your characters learn in the course of their stories?
In the Operation Delphi paranormal suspense series, the hero must learn that he is a man who makes his own decisions and is not an extension of his politically powerful father. My heroine must learn that being clairvoyant is a precious gift that can be used to help others and is not a reason for shame.
Q: Why did you decide to set up a team of psychics with various talents instead of focusing on one?
I decided when framing this series to have the clairvoyant leader as the heroine of the first three books of the series and to use the other psychics on the team as the heroine/hero of later books. The fourth book will feature the crystal ball reader.
Q: Why did you choose WWII?
I was six years old when America entered the war, but I remember the feel of the times. I experienced food rationing, Victory Gardens, and black-out sirens. These memories help me create authentic and vivid descriptions of time and place.
Q: Why did you choose Philadelphia as a setting?
My first job in 1956 was in Philadelphia. Many buildings I remember from then are still there. I was able to incorporate “real life” structures with the structures created from my imagination to create a story world that would work for a series.
Q: Give us an interesting fun fact about your book or series.
I decided to use Pennsylvania hex signs painted on Pennsylvania Dutch barns in the 1800’s and early 1900s in my Work in Progress (WIP) paranormal suspense manuscript. I grew up in Pennsylvania knowing that these colorful hex symbols were painted so witches would think they were windows, hit their heads against the barn wall, knock themselves out, and thus save the animals and stored crops in the barn from witchcraft.
In the 21 st century, the research books I studied went to great length to deny witchcraft and to assure us researchers that hex signs were only colorful, artistic symbols, now considered tourist attractions.
I know better.