Ghost Agents: Revelations
(The Ghost Agents Trilogy)
by Nita DeBorde
It is my pleasure to welcome Nita DeBorde back to Escape With Dollycas today.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a writer and French teacher from Houston, Texas. Though right now I teach full time and write as a hobby, I would love to be able to transition into a full-time writing career eventually.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I like to have a thorough plot outline before I start writing, and that usually takes about a month or so. I’m definitely up for changing things if I need to once I get started on a project, so I do a lot of research while I’m writing as well when things come up.
The actual amount of time I spend on research for a novel differs from project to project. For the Ghost Agents Trilogy, my research has involved a lot of ghost tours, which has been super fun!
Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?
I rarely suffer from writer’s block. I’ve found brainstorming really helps break right through that wall because you can just put any idea on the page no matter how stupid it seems and just keep going until something feels right. It really helps keep the creative juices flowing, and I actually find it invigorating!
During the brainstorming process, I like to play what I call “The What-If/Maybe Game” if I’m feeling a little stuck. I take whatever scene or plot point is plaguing me and I keep asking “What if…?” or considering “Maybe…”until something catches my attention. For example, What if her cat wasn’t actually a cat? What if he were a ninja? A Jedi? The reincarnation of her sister? Etc…)
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
I would encourage them to really get familiar with 2 things: 1) How to craft a really good story, and 2) the ins and outs of the publishing industry
They need to know how to write something people will want to read, and they need to decide if traditional or indie publishing would be the best fit for their goals. Each path requires a lot of work, so it’s good to have an idea of what to expect before you dive in.
When you are not writing what do you like to do?
I am a complete narrative junky, so I like reading as well as watching TV and movies – anywhere there is a good story! I also like spending time with my friends and family, and of course, my dog, Mabel!
How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing?
The months we were on lockdown provided a lot of time to get Ghost Agents ready to publish last year, so that was one positive thing.
The mental and emotional toll of everything that has happened over the last two years does make it a little more challenging to find the energy to sit down at the computer once I get home from work, but I’ve been forcing myself to make time. Thank God for weekends & school breaks!
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would want to visit the island of Martinique in the Caribbean. The beaches are beautiful and the pace of life there is so much more relaxed than what we tend to experience in America. I’ve taught about Martinique my whole teaching career, but I’ve never been there!
What is next on the horizon for you?
Next on the horizon is completing the final book of the Ghost Agents Trilogy, Ghost Agents: Retribution, which is scheduled for release at the end of October!
In the meantime, I am also working on a collection of short stories, Ghost Agents: Lone Star, with a new story scheduled for release periodically over the next few months. The completed collection is meant to be a companion to the Ghost Agents Trilogy, as well as introduce some new characters and a new mystery that will hopefully launch a new series once the trilogy is complete!
Thank you, Nita, so much for visiting today.
Keep reading to learn about book 2 in the Ghost Agents Trilogy!
About Ghost Agents: Revelations
Ghost Agents: Revelations (The Ghost Agents Trilogy)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Mabelonia Press (March 18, 2022)
Digital ASIN : B09QJCVY4Z
A new mystery to pursue … a growing threat… Will she be able to stop them?
Claire Abelard has never been normal. She has always been able to see and communicate with energy projections, or the entities more commonly known as ghosts. As an agent of the Bureau for Historical Preservation, her abilities come in handy on the job, but they tend to complicate every other aspect of her life.
Now, four months after a series of world-shattering events in Galveston, Claire’s life is still in turmoil. No one at Bureau headquarters in Boston will even acknowledge the existence of the sinister secret organization known as The Syndicate, but Claire is convinced they are behind the disappearances of dozens of rogue energy projections.
When Claire hears that rogues in New Orleans are behaving strangely, she immediately joins the investigation. As she and her fellow agents unravel the new mystery, they discover The Syndicate has more ominous plans for the rogues than simply making them disappear… and it appears they have plans for Claire as well.
Ghost Agents: Revelations is a cozy, paranormal mystery that continues the story of Claire and her work with Bureau for Historical Preservation.
More About Nita DeBorde
Nita DeBorde is a published author and teacher from Houston, TX. Writing and teaching are her two major passions, though traveling and being dog-mom to a crazy Staffordshire-Boxer mix named Mabel are high on the list as well.
Nita has taught high school French for more than 20 years and absolutely loves her “day job” job (about 95% of the time). She loves to travel, and not surprisingly, France is her favorite destination, though her home state of Texas runs a close second.
She is also a huge history buff, which comes through in her fiction writing, and particularly in her latest novel, Ghost Agents, a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery with a little sci-fi and romance thrown into the mix. Ghost Agents: Revelations, is the 2nd book in the Ghost Agents Trilogy.
Nita’s first novel, Project Lachesis, is currently available in both Kindle and hardcopy format from Amazon.com.
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