29 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Guest Post by Michael J. McCann, author of The Ghost Man

Why did you decide to become a writer?

When I was a kid, I was a book reader and a daydreamer. I devoured every juvenile novel the library had on their shelves back then, and I always wanted to be able to tell the same kind of stories myself. Science fiction, sports, historical fiction, you name it. After leaving my job as an editor in the early 80s, I wrote literary fiction for a while, mostly short stories, and sold a few to Canadian periodicals such as Fiddlehead and Quarry. However, once I went back to work full-time in the late 80s, I had to set the writing aside until I was finally able to take early retirement several years ago.

What is your latest book about?

The Ghost Man is the story of Simon Guthrie, a former celebrity chef whose life changes drastically when he’s involved in a car accident that kills his beloved wife and leaves him with a serious head injury. He undergoes a near-death experience in which he encounters a malevolent presence, and after his release from hospital he discovers he has become a passive medium who attracts ghosts trapped in this world. He moves to the country to build a new life, only to find that his new home is haunted by the ghost of a young girl begging for his help against the same malevolent presence he encountered in his NDE, and the demon spirit behind it all.

Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know?

My characters are almost exclusively fictitious. I would never write a “roman a clef” where the characters are based on real people because I believe this is an invasion of privacy. I may borrow one or two traits from someone I’ve seen in the mall or someone I’ve worked with in the past, but the characters as a whole are not based on these people at all.

What else have you written?

I’ve written three crime fiction novels: Blood Passage, Marcie’s Murder, and The Fregoli Delusion. This series is set in the fictional city of Glendale, Maryland, and focuses on the homicide investigations of Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer. Donaghue and Stainer come from very different backgrounds, and their approaches to investigation and enforcement are at times very different. Donaghue tends to intellectualize, while Stainer is more of a butt-kicker. As the series progresses, they will grow closer, and the reader will see why law enforcement officers often bond together for mutual support and protection. Donaghue and Stainer will become very tight, although not in a romantic way, as both will develop relationships with other people as the series moves forward.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the fourth novel in the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series, which should be published this summer. After that, I’ll write the next novel in the new line of supernatural fiction which we’re publishing. Hopefully it will be available in time for Halloween 2013.

About the Author:
Michael J. McCann lives in Oxford Station, Ontario, Canada, on seven acres in the Limerick Forest south of Ottawa. Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Mike earned a B.A. (Hons.) in English from Trent University and an M.A. in English from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. He is the former editor of a Canadian legal publication, and also spent fifteen years with Canada Customs as a training specialist, project officer, and program manager at the Canada Border Services Agency’s national headquarters in Ottawa.

He’s married and has one son.

Author website.
Author Blog: Behind the Walls of Nightmare

Description:
First there was the car accident that claimed his beloved wife. Then came the grueling months of recuperation from his injuries. Now his constant companions are ghosts seeking worldly release. His new home is haunted by the ghost of a young girl demanding his help. His friends and neighbors are under attack by strange, destructive forces. Who is the Angry Man who haunts his dreams … and what does the demon controlling him want of Simon Guthrie?

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