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ICYMI: Story Inspiration for Restless Spirits

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BY JEAN MARIE BAUHAUS, AUTHOR OF RESTLESS SPIRITS

Restless Spirits is one of the few books or stories of mine that I can pinpoint the exact moment of inspiration.

It was Halloween night, 2004, and my friends and I went to see The Grudge (this was exactly two nights after I had met the man who would become my husband on a semi-blind date, which might be why it stands out so well in my memory). Afterwards, I was pondering the mechanics of the curse, and I had questions.

Questions like, if someone dies a violent death and becomes a vengeful, murderous spirit, then what happens to their victims, who are also violently murdered? Do they also become cursed vengeful spirits? What if the original spirit kills enough people that those spirits decide to turn around and gang up on the original spirit who killed them?

And thus the main plot of Restless Spirits was born.

So by the time I actually started writing Restless Spirits for Nanowrimo in 2008, it had evolved a bit. It’s funny how your subconscious keeps working on a story and shaping it into what it’s supposed to be even when you think it’s the last thing on your mind. I can’t even tell you where my protagonist, Ron, came from (although I’ll try to make a few guesses in my next post, when I talk about character inspiration). I just know that the moment I started writing in her voice, she just sort of took over and told me the story. That was the first and, so far, only time I’ve ever successfully pantsed a novel, as well as the first time I’d won Nanowrimo, mainly because Ron simply wouldn’t stop talking to me until her story was told.

It actually took a few more years–four, to be exact–before I started writing the book. In the mean time I was working on my first post-fanfiction novel, the Cyperpunk Faeries in Hollywood tale I

was calling Hero Factor,which has since become lost before I could make it fit for public consumption, and it’s probably just as well. I was also falling in love with that aforementioned blind date, planning a wedding and settling into married life, among other things.

I wish all of my narrators could be so chatty. It certainly makes my job easier.

Book Bundle Birthday: The Spirits Collection

Veronica “Ron” Wilson is a dearly departed paranormal investigator, and her sister, Christine Wilson, is a psychic medium who can talk to the dead. That’s fortunate considering she’s still among the land of the living.

Together, the two sisters battle evil spirits, solve mysteries, and find unique versions of happily ever after in this three-book bundle that contains Restless Spirits, Kindred Spirits, and Restless Spirits.

 

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Book Cover Reveal: The Spirits Collection

On June 15th, all three books in Jean Marie Bauhaus‘ Restless Spirits Series will be available in one bundle for one low price!

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The Spirits Are Back!

Bound Spirits, the 3rd book in the Restless Spirits series, is now available, and it’s bringing more spirits with it!

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When her dad and his annoying girlfriend announce their engagement, Chris Wilson isn’t exactly thrilled. As if getting roped into bridesmaid duty for a future step-mom she can’t stand isn’t bad enough, Chris is stunned when Marsha accuses Chris’s deceased mother of trying to ruin the wedding.

Certain their mother moved on to the Great Beyond long ago, the Wilson sisters investigate who—or what—is really out to get Marsha. With marriage fever making everyone crazy, can the sisters get to the bottom of this haunting in time to save the wedding? And do they even want to?

Available now from your favorite retailer! Find out more at www.vinspirepublishing.com.