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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

Paranormals: Writing and being...

If you read my paranormal blog, GhostGirl. over at then you know that just recently I went to Windham, NH to participate in a lecture called Dining with the Dead, featuring psychic David Wells. I didn't tell a lot of my friends about the trip. Frankly, it was because I wasn't interested in hearing that they thought I was crazy for traveling so far (over two hours) to hear a psychic. But both my daughter and I are avid watchers of Most Haunted and his was the psychic on that show for quite some time (he's since left the show) and I thought, at most, I'd have some great research for upcoming books.

The event was held at the Windham Restaurant in Windham, NH. It's a beautiful restaurant with a great deck to sit on and enjoy the weather or eat inside and some time at the bar or in the classic dining room. We were in the upstairs dining room and all in all there were probably less then 2o of us, including David Wells and fellow psychic Gavin Cromwell. I had the pleasure of sitting next to a lovely couple from New Hampshire who made me feel more comfortable about being in that kind of setting by myself. They are also Revolutionary War reenactors who gave me a great opportunity to not only ask about how they got involved with reenacting, but the rest of the who, what, where and when's of it all. I couldn't have asked for better dinner guests. After my fabulous Chicken Bianco we were introduced to David by Ron Kolek, founder of The New England Ghost Project, but along with Maureen Wood, make up the hosts of Ghost Chronicles, a paranormal podcast offered at (read my review of Ghost Chronicles on GhostGirl.)

David was very engaging, his humor was infectious and he tells a great story as he led us on his path to developing his abilities. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I found that I came away with more insight into how the experiences effect him and how I might put those traits into a character. I will most likely use some of his insight to help me with the Nocturne Bite I'm working on. I'm very grateful for the insight.


Tempest Knight said…
Sounds like you had a great time at the conference. :)
zhadi said…
How fun! I attended a ghost conference in Skykomish, Washington a few years back for research purposes and it was a fascinating experience. I'll have to check out your other blog too!
Teagan Oliver said…
I had tons of fun. It was very interesting to see David Wells and Gavin Cromwell in person. Sometimes when you see someone in person who has such a public persona they don't quite match up with the in-face person. David Wells was very gracious and when I mentioned that my daughter would be sorry that she had missed the lecture he got a card and signed it for her. He was very much a person that you would feel comfortable sitting down and just chatting about anything with.

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