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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Interview with Debbie Peterson

Alright, here is the interview I promised. I found I could acess the file through my phone, but the post wouldn't have been as great as other's and it didn't seem fair to me to short the author. So it may be a day late but it will still run just as long.
Thanks for hanging in there guys.

About the Debbie Peterson: Debbie's Website
Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. She incorporates these aspects into all of the paranormal stories she writes. When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, she spends time with the beloved members of her very large family. She also pursues her interests in family history and all things ancient and historic.

I would like to thank Debbie Peterson for taking time out of her busy life to stop by and share a few words with us, even if it is a little late. >.> Sorry! But hopefully you enjoy the book as much as I did, and you enjoy learning more about the author and getting inside her thoughts. So strap in and take a trip down the Rabbit Hole as we talk with Debbie Peterson today.

1. Thank you for taking the chance to answer a few questions for the reader's and follower's of WonderlandReviews.
Why did you choose to write a ghost story?

Ghosts are just my favorite paranormal entity. You can go anywhere in history you choose to go if one of your main character’s is a ghost. So far, I have visited the Southern states during the Civil War with“Spirit of the Rebellion.” My next release from The Wild Rose Press, (now in edits), “Spirit of the Revolution” concerns the ghost of a Revolutionary War Ranger from the state of Pennsylvania. After that, we’ll see the ghost of a Scottish knight in the Highlands of Scotland. And, in my novel “Shadow of the Witte Wieven” we have a “ghostlike” seventeenth century sea captain, now from a parallel dimension.

2. Did you have any trouble completing the book, any writer's block? If so, what did you do to get past them.

Walking away from the WIP for a while helps tremendously whenever I hit “dead space.” Spending a little time out in the yard or with the horses will usually clear my mind enough to get the juices flowing again.

3. How did you come up with the name of the character's and their descriptions?

My hero and villain are both Norwegian ghosts who died during the Civil War. I looked through war records pertaining to the Wisconsin 15th regiment to find names common to the time and place. My heroine? She has a combination of family names. As far as their descriptions goes, I just wrote what I saw in my head.
For more information on the Wisoncsin 15th regiment you can start here: Names and here: Information

4. What would you do if you found yourself face to face with a ghost?
Turn around and walk away. (Been there…done that…) See question 7.

5. What is your biggest fear?

Being locked up in a room full of bugs, with no way out…

6. If you could go back in time and live in any era, what would it be and why?

Wow… sit down, it’s a long list! I LOVE history and there are just too many places and era’s I would love to experience to narrow it down to only one. But let’s see…I would love to visit the medieval period of Wales, Ireland, England, and Scotland. The Scandinavian countries during the Viking era. And I think it would be fun to visit ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt…just to name a few.

7. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?

Yes, I believe in ghosts. Why? Because I saw one in the house my grandparent’s had just purchased. I was about fifteen or sixteen years old at the time and was carrying boxes from the moving truck into the house. One particular box needed to go up stairs, so up I went. When I reached the top, there was a man up there, dressed in overalls, with a red plaid shirt underneath. He wore silver, wire-framed glasses and a straw hat. I thought he was one of the workers my grandparents had hired and so I asked him where I should put the box. He just stared at me for a good fifteen…twenty seconds without saying a single word and then…he disappeared…right in front of my face. Now please keep in mind this was in the middle of a bright sunny day. We were all hard at work and the LAST thing on my mind was ghosts. Anyway, I sat the box down in the hallway, kicked it to the side with my foot, turned around, descended the stairs, and from there on out, only retrieved boxes meant for the kitchen.

8. Out of all of your character's who do you relate to the most?

As far as “Spirit of the Rebellion” goes, I probably relate most to Shae. She has a burning need to unravel and understand the mystery regarding Tristan’s death. In like manner, I too have a need to keep whittling a way at things that need solving.

9. Out of everything you have read or written, who has been your favorite hero and who has been your favorite villain?

Hmm…I probably shouldn’t play favorites among my own hero’s, so let’s go with Rhett Butler from “Gone with the Wind” as one of my favorite hero’s. And villain? Blue Duck from “Lonesome Dove.”

10. Thanks again for stopping by, any last words you would like to leave with the readers?

Thank you for having me! I found it a pleasure to be here. And for those who feel so inclined, I hope you enjoy tagging along with Tristan and Shae on their quest to solve the mystery surrounding his death!


  1. Lovely concept. I've been reading about a Pennsylvania Revolutionary-era Ranger and thought he'd make a great (warm-blooded) hero. I do love the ghosties, though. Much more than other paranormal characters.



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