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A Child’s Toy
Sunlight filtered through the sliding glass door, shining on the brown spirit board spread out on the antique oak table. A bright blue box emblazoned with the words Fun for all Ages sat beside it, along with an instruction sheet. One girl twirled the planchette with her fingers while watching her friend read the instructions aloud. A child’s game bought at a toy store. What harm could it do? These two girls were about to find out that sometimes evil existed in the most innocent of packages.
“Okay, so it says to rest your fingers on that piece,” Melissa said as she tossed the instruction sheet aside.
“If we put our fingers on it, then how do we know that we didn’t move the thing?” Kendra asked, placing the planchette in the middle of the board.
“I don’t know,” Melissa said, rolling her dark eyes. “Did you want to try it or not?”
“Sure, why not.” Kendra released a bored sigh that turned into a yawn. “Why are we up so damn early?”
“I wanted to get an early start.” Melissa’s shoulders scrunched up into a sheepish shrug. “Lots of time until dark, you know, in case…”
“It’s a toy, Melissa,” Kendra said with a snort of laughter.
“Maybe, maybe not.”
“You’re totally kidding, right?” Kendra stared at her friend from the corner of her eye.
Melissa kept a straight face for a few more seconds, then burst into laughter. “Fooled you!”
“Okay, just put your fingertips on this thingy.” Melissa placed her fingers on the planchette before giving a pointed look to her friend.
“I feel kinda stupid,” Kendra said as she placed her fingers on the opposite side of the planchette. “So, ah, if there are any spirits who want to communicate, we’re here.”
“Wow, that was dull.” Melissa took a deep breath. “Spirits across the hazy veil. We call to you from beyond the pale.”
“What was that?” Kendra asked, raising her brow.
“Just a little drama.” Both girls stared at their hands which stayed unmoving. “I call to thee spirits for we are here. Any spirit nearby is welcome to appear.”
The planchette began to vibrate and wiggle.
“Are you doing that?” Kendra asked in a shaky voice.
“No,” Melissa whispered back. “Shh! It’s starting to move.”
“Is a spirit here with us?” Kendra called out to the empty room.
The planchette jumped a bit before sliding to the word, yes. But it didn’t stop there. Before either girl could think to ask another question, it shot across the board, flying from letter to letter. Both Kendra and Melissa snatched their hands away from the shuddering, plastic pointer.
Kill, kill, kill. Over and over again.
“Who are you?” Melissa shrieked the question as an invisible wind blew her long hair around her body.
“Amy?” The whipping air died with Kendra’s question. Both girls trembled as the planchette moved to yes.
“There are two of you?” Melissa’s face paled. Cabinet doors opened and slammed closed in rapid succession.
The planchette paused. Kendra took a breath to ask another question, but before the words reached her lips, the planchette spelled out a new word.
Goosebumps spread up Kendra’s arms after she spoke. She hugged her arms around her body, trying to chase away the bitter chill. Dishes flew from the cabinets, smashing to the floor one after the other. Kendra pushed her chair from the table and fled the room. Drinking glasses from the cupboards flew across the room, hitting the wall where Kendra’s head had been just moments before.
“You were murdered?” Melissa asked through a gasped breath. She clutched the edge of the table with white knuckles, too scared to move. Pieces of shattered pottery lifted from the floor on an invisible whirlwind, blowing around the terrified girl.
Yes, murder. Free, free, free.
Twisted Sisters by Kimberly Wheaton
Release Day: October 27, 2015
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy | Mystery
It’s a child’s toy—what could go wrong?
While playing with a spirit board, two sorority sisters summon the vindictive spirits of three women brutally murdered by a psychopath. Join Logan, Kacie, and the rest of the Orion Circle as they delve into the disturbing events of the past to find the key to freeing the spirits.
But this isn’t any ordinary haunting. These ghosts were banished before, and now they have returned more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Anger breeds hatred and hatred leads to darkness—these phantoms are on the verge of losing their last spark of humanity and becoming completely lost to the shadows.
Can Logan and Kacie convince the tortured souls to embrace the light and move on, or will the spirits succumb to the hypnotic pull of evil, leading to an eternity of torment and suffering?
This is my second time conducting an interview for a author. It still gives me the thrill of knowing them and I’m happy while reading the answers. 😀 I wanted to interview some authors again. Kimberly, Thank you so much! 🙂 ❤
- What made you write novels?
I’ve always loved writing but didn’t really have the time to pursue it. When my son transitioned from elementary school to middle school, he didn’t want me volunteering at school anymore. I suddenly found myself with a huge chunk of free time. I sat down one day and started to write, and I never stopped.
- Every writer has their own writing spot, could you describe or show us how does it look like?
My writing spot is a very messy king-size bed. You really don’t want to see a picture 😉 I do all of my writing and editing in bed. I used to have an office and sit at a desk, but I felt like it stunted my creativity. I feel more relaxed and myself on my bed.
- Do you write like every day?
I always keep a manuscript open on my computer while working on other things. If inspiration hits, then I’m ready. I don’t keep any type of writing schedule because it’s counterproductive for me. But yes, I do end up writing every day, even if it’s just a sentence or two.
- What do you do when you have a writer’s block?
I have several manuscripts going at any one time. If I run into a block on one, I work on another. Music is very helpful for me when I need inspiration. I also go for a walk or out with friends. The one thing I won’t do is sit and stare at a blank screen, waiting for the words to appear.
- Is there anything that makes you in the mood to write?
Driving and listening to music. Don’t know why, but when I’m driving with the moon roof open and the right music blaring, I become inspired.
- Are you’re stories purely fiction or some are from personal experience? Could you share one if yes?
I always use a bit of personal experience in my novels—I think all authors do. But all of my characters and plots are completely fictional. The closest character to a living person is Kacie’s father in Tortured Souls. I see a lot of my husband in him. There is also a scene in Twisted Sisters that was inspired by something that happened to me in high school.
- It amazes me how authors tune in to their character when writing their novels. Every character feels so real. For you, How do you do that too?
Here’s where the crazy comes in. My characters may as well be living, breathing people—they certainly are to me. I spend a lot of time running scenes in my head that will never make it into the novel. It’s a way to get to know my characters better. I talk to them aloud, usually when I’m alone in the house… sometimes not so alone, running dialogue lines between two or more characters to get a feel for how they react. The important thing is to get to know the characters as whole people. That keeps them from being a tired trope.
The Origin of The Orion Circle series
The Orion Circle was a series that played in my mind for years in different forms, different places, even with adult characters for a while. It wasn’t until I discovered my main character Kacie, heard her voice in my head for the first time, that everything began coming together. I have loved the paranormal since I was a little girl. Scooby Doo was one of my favorite shows growing up, but I was always disappointed that the monsters weren’t real.
My love for the paranormal only grew, and I’ve spent years researching and visiting paranormal places. For all of those years, I’ve only had one paranormal experience, and it happened a few months ago. But lack of proof didn’t lessen the appeal. When I started The Orion Circle, I planned the first three books about my favorite paranormal phenomenon: ghosts. But ghosts aren’t the only thing in store for the Circle members. Book four will have some pretty nasty vampires. I also plan werewolves, witches, and more.
As The Orion Circle evolves, I see it as Scooby Doo meets Supernatural. I love the aspect of the high school club investigating and hunting the paranormal. It has long been a theory that younger people are more in tune to the supernatural and psychic energy. I absolutely love writing about the Circle and its members.
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. In addition to writing, she works as an editor for two publishers, as well as select indie authors.
She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and lots of dragons. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, video games, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)
Winner of the 2014 Rising Star Award at the BTS Red Carpet Awards in NOLA & a Silver Medal for YA Mystery/Horror in the 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.
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