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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Research takes a lot of an author's time. Even if we mostly avoid writing historical novels, like me, we can't avoid research. Even writing fiction requires research. What if someone reads your novel that knows all about that profession, or hobby, or setting? If it's inaccurate, that reader would close the book.
I wrote a YA ghost story, Victoria and the Ghost, that highlighted a real Texas ghost town, Clara. Soon, the sequel to that story, A Ghost for Shelley, will release. This book will tell about the ghost legend at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, which used to be the courthouse. It's in McKinney, Texas just north of Dallas. I began Weird Wednesday in anticipation of the new book.
So, I'm offering real ghost legends here on Wednesdays.
I researched Guthrie online and learned the following things:
1. Guthrie offers ghost tours throughout most of the year (weather permitting) every Friday and Saturday evenings.
2. Guthrie is 22 miles north of Oklahoma City just off I-35.
3. Guthrie came to be in one day.
(Check - weird, yes, must investigate this)
4. Guests on the tour visit 6 -8 historic places.
Find Guthrie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guthrie-Oklahoma/112280128788125
Yep, I figure Guthrie, Oklahoma is about 3 hours from me, so when the weather warms up (please, Lord, soon) I intend to go on a research trip. Who knows? A new ghost story might be on my horizon.
How about you? Anyone ever been to Guthrie?
Have you ever taken a ghost tour anywhere?
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
This is my third and last story that I found in The Ghost of Fort Sill by Robert R. Hiatt published in 1989. Especially if you live in the area, I recommend the book. Since it contains maybe twenty-five more ghost legends around the old fort, you just might find the book fascinating, as I did.
Weird Wednesday is looking for more ghost legends. If you have one, please e-mail me at Janet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember my ghost story, Victoria and the Ghost is based on real ghost sightings at Clara Cemetery in the ghost town of Clara, Texas. It makes a great Christmas present especially for a girl aged 13-17.
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Until then, beware ...