Kathy: In Die Die Blackbird Nora Alexander welcomes paranormal investigators to the Tunie Hotel. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had a paranormal encounter?
TT: I do believe in ghosts. When I was a child, we lived in a house in Illinois for about three years that had been a part of the underground railroad. There was a hidden room in the basement and an escape hatch in the roof. Chairs would rock, doors would open, and there was always the feeling that someone was watching you. I would play piano in what used to be the parlor and felt a presence when I would be the only one in the room.
Kathy: I've taken part in a few paranormal investigations, have you?
TT: My husband and I went on a ghost tour in downtown Houston one time, and I didn't feel anything until we got to the Spaghetti Factory, a haunted restaurant. I wasn't scared, just uncomfortable. We took a picture on the stairs, and there were white orbs all around us. I don't seek out paranormal investigations in real life because they creep me out too much. I'll keep watching them on tv where nothing will hitchhike with me back home.
Kathy: The town's quilting group isn't pleased with all of the paranormal equipment in the hotel. I find the various "ghost hunting" tools quite interesting. Do you have a favorite?
TT: I love electronic voice phenomena recorders but sometimes have to question the validity of what ghost hunters say they here. I wrote a scene in Die Die Blackbird where I put in a garbled sound, and the paranormal investigators come up with an entire sentence. Another device is a camera that they aim at a certain area, and if there is a spirit, it comes out like a stick man. Is it real? I couldn't tell you.
Kathy: Was there a specific inspiration for this story?
TT: In the first book (Murder of a Good Man) of The Piney Woods series, Nora sees the ghost of Mr. Tunie, the original owner of the Tunie Hotel. If there was one ghost, then why wouldn't there be more? Also, I wanted to explore the world of paranormal investigators. I think some of them are absolutely legitimate and others not so much. How do you verify something like that? All of that inspired me to write about a search for Sam Houston—the go-to ghost in the state of Texas.
Kathy: Are you able to share any future plans for Nora?
TT: I don't want to say too much because it would spoil the story, but I see some romance and some murder in her future.
Kathy: Will you share any other upcoming books?
TT: My next book in the Pecan Bayou Series will be coming out in late spring. Die a Yellow Ribbon was inspired by the movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The residents of Pecan Bayou are after the elusive golden pecan. Who will find it and win a luxury cruise? All of the Pecan Bayou cast is searching high and low in the heat of a Texas summer.
Die Die Blackbird (A Piney Woods Mystery) by Teresa Trent
About Die Die Blackbird
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (January 14, 2020)
Paperback: 210 pages Digital Print Length: 159 pages
Nora Alexander is finding her job exciting as she welcomes paranormal investigators Jack and Daisy Foley to the Tunie Hotel. They are trying to contact the ghost of Sam Houston not only for their internet production but because it is reported there is a stash of Santa Anna's gold hidden somewhere. They are operating on the theory that Sam Houston visited a lady of the evening in Piney Woods and locate Red Ruth Inn where a parking lot now stands. Not only do these two stir the spirit world, but they also bother some of the town's most established citizens including the town's quilting group who doesn't appreciate their overtaking of the hotel with ghost hunting equipment.
When a townsperson is murdered with suspected ties to the local gang, The Alamo Runners, Nora finds herself wanting to protect his wife and daughter all the while getting cryptic messages from beyond. Jack and Daisy aren't the only ones with a connection to the other side.
About Teresa Trent
Teresa Trent writes cozy mysteries that take place in small towns in Texas. The Piney Woods Series came to be because her older brother worked in the hotel industry for over twenty years and would relate all the things and people he had experienced. Because Teresa loves history and a little bit of the paranormal, the Tunie Hotel was born! Teresa is also the author of the Pecan Bayou Cozy Mystery Series.
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