Everyone, I have a special guest on the blog today. Julia Rachel Barrett is here to talk about her new release, Incorporeal:
Why I wrote a ghost story.
The answer is so simple – because I was told it can’t be done. Three publishers informed me that ghost stories do not, EVER, sell. I was told there is no market for a ghost romance, that there are no readers for a ghost romance. I asked myself, is this really true? I love a good ghost story, always have…always will.
I have this problem. If you tell me not to do something, I immediately do it. My mom told me not to stick my tongue on a freezing lampost. As soon as I got outside, I stuck my tongue on a lampost. She told me I couldn’t fly so I spent years jumping out of trees and off garage roofs to prove I could. Three broken ankles later, I finally decided retreat was the better part of valor, but I still believe I can fly. Oops! Guess it’s true. I don’t always act in my own best interest!
You know, here’s the thing, writing Incorporeal was fun. In fact, it was a blast! I decided to tone down the erotica that I more typically write and instead tell a story. I threw two characters together, both of whom were confused by their paranormal circumstances, but despite the big challenges they face – the biggest is that he’s dead while she’s alive – Sara Wise and Natan de Manua fall in love. Natan comes alive in Sara’s arms. Both characters came vividly alive in my imagination and I knew I would publish their story on my own, advice to the contrary be damned!
Another character came alive during the writing of Incorporeal and he gets his own story in my next installment, In the Flesh, when Sara and Nathan’s Guardian gets another chance at life and love.
Thanks for having me, Rosalie.
Blurb for Incorporeal:
Sara Wise is sick of ghosts. They’ve haunted her since she was a child, destroying her family, endangering her life. When an incorporeal being appears in her shower, she curses him soundly and orders him out, but this ghost is sticky. Not only does he invade her shower, he moves into her home, invading her dreams, sharing her bed. The reluctant Sara finds herself falling in love with a dead man.
Despite Sara’s objections, Natan de Manua isn’t permitted to leave. Protecting the woman is both his penance and his means to redemption. She’s not easy to protect, she fights him nearly every step of the way, except in her bed. Nathan may have come to regain his soul, but instead he risks losing his heart.
You can learn more about Julia here: http://juliarachelbarrett.net
Thanks so much for telling us more about your story, Julia! For all you out there, I’d love to know if you enjoy a good old ghost romance. I know I do! Anyone remember that old Steve Guttenberg movie, High Spirits?