Do You Believe In Ghosts?: Guest Post by Simone St. James + Giveaway!

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The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. JamesHello, friends!

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to read The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James and really loved it. (You can read my review HERE!) Today I have the pleasure of having Simone on blog, telling us all about what scares her most. Also! The nice people at Penguin were kind enough to offer a copy of this fabulous book to one of my readers! Be sure to enter below!

So, without further ado, here is Simone St. James:



“Do you believe in ghosts?”

I get asked this question from time to time – having written a novel called The Haunting of Maddy Clare, it’s a fair question. I’ll admit, I’ve never encountered a ghost myself. And I’m just fine with that. Ghosts pretty much scare me more than anything, and I’d really rather not encounter one at all.

Actually, most things scare me. Dark basements. Weird sounds. Scary movies – just ask my husband. I had nightmares for two weeks after seeing The Blair Witch Project, and I still haven’t quite recovered from accidentally watching 28 Weeks Later. (I watched it accidentally, because my husband promised me it “wouldn’t be that scary.” I have never let him live it down.)

I’ve always found rural places pretty creepy, especially at night. All that open space, and quiet. I’d rather be in the city, surrounded with people. So I set my ghost story in a quiet town, surrounded with woods in which something terrible may or may not have happened. Because woods are also scary. Seriously. So are abandoned barns. That went into the ghost story, too.

The only thing that doesn’t scare me, ironically, is spiders. Spiders don’t bother me at all!

I probably sound like I’m pathologically afraid of everything, though somehow I do manage to get through the day. Why, then, would I actually, on purpose, write a ghost story? Well, fear is an interesting emotion. The only way to deal with it is to face it, I think. I wanted to explore my own fear. And, frankly, I figured that what scares me might frighten a few readers, too.

So I created a story that has some chills and ghostly happenings, but also has a heroine who gets to have an adventure with a gorgeous, brooding hero. A story with mystery and intrigue set in the 1920s, a historical period that has always fascinated me. What better time to hunt ghosts, when you think of it, than just after a war has ended?

I hope readers enjoy it. And here’s what I’d like to know from readers: What scares you?


Now! For the GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway Closed!


Jess @ Gone with the Words

9 Responses to “Do You Believe In Ghosts?: Guest Post by Simone St. James + Giveaway!”

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    Not much any more , but I’m pretty old. Sometimes the scariest things are things come from inside us. Fears that our small successes will not measure up favorably to those of others. That kind of fear can get you at any age.

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    Kristilyn Robertson

    House noises. Especially when I’m silly and watch a horror movie knowing that my husband won’t be home in the evening. Even my three dogs can’t comfort me! 

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    Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)

    I think I’ve grown strangely immune to horror films (though not the slasher/gory type) because of the class I took where I had to dissect them in full detail. (And that there folks is an example of facing your fears head on!)
    But I do still harbor some fears – knives, sharks, alligators/crocodiles, dying in a fire or by drowning. And also, failure.

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    I’m scared of anything that causes harm to the neck. Knives and ropes applied to the neck will cause me to scream, but they seem less scary when they threaten other body parts.

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    I’m not a big fan of fire and zombies.  I used to have dreams of the house being on fire but thankfully those went away.

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    I am a wimp when it comes to horror movies, although I think books can be even scarier! Truthfully suspense doesn’t bother me, but gore creeps me out!

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