Message From The Author

Author's Message

With the first book in my new Caffery and Quinn series coming out, I’m getting the usual question: “Why are you so interested in the paranormal?”

You may have noticed that I’ve been involved with it for a while. One of my very first books, Every Time I Love You, was about time travel, and I’ve had the ghosts going for a long time — Adam Harrison made an appearance before the “Krewe” books officially began.

But the question does make me wonder. (Maybe I should worry!)

I think that I figured out that we were a little different when my son’s friend once said, “Wow. It’s like you’re growing up in the Addams Family or you’re the Munsters or something!”

Not quite sure how to take that, but ... I do love the paranormal, haunted houses, unusual history and the generally weird.

And I know that, for me, it goes way — way! — back.

My mother immigrated to the United States from Ireland with her family. When we were growing up, we spent a lot of time with her mother. Granny was thinner than a string bean, teeny-tiny, and one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. (She told me that Irish women got that way because of Irish men!)

But while she could have ruled the world, she was also a great storyteller. We heard fantastic stories about pixies, faeries, gnomes, giants and banshees. She had a brogue so thick you could cut it with a knife, and my sister and I would sit wide-eyed, listening to her tales.

My father, on the other hand, was a Scot, with more than a few of his own ghost stories. Highlanders can be very pragmatic, but they can just as easily tell you about Mary King’s Close, where legend has it that plague victims were locked in to die…. Or how William Wallace can sometimes be seen in the mist surrounding Stirling castle. 

I believe that part of what fascinates me has to do with the fact that I love history. I don’t want you to tell me that spooky things happen; I want you to tell me why they happen. Most ghost stories come with tales of tragic romance, great heroism or the fates of men and women who had great decisions to make. People who acted out the events that brought us to where we are in this world.

As for my fascination with New Orleans…  My father took me there when I was young. No, he didn’t take me on a pub crawl down Bourbon Street! But he did show me the great Mississippi and teach me the history that went with the massive river. He taught me about the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, the Civil War and more. I adored the architecture and the cemeteries; I was amazed and (enjoyably) terrified by the “cities of the dead.” So, at that very early age, the city and I began a love affair, one that continues to this day.

- Heather Graham

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