Let’s get to know author Kerrie DuBrock….
I've always written. I started out with poems when I was a teenager. I had a fabulous teacher, Mr. G.E. Smith, who taught creative writing. It started my story telling, but only shorts. It wasn't until I was discussing a story idea at dinner time a few years ago with family that got things going. I talked about my drive to work...it was dark and the fog was so thick you couldn't see the stop light until you were on top of it. I wondered what it'd be like to drive and end up in another time period. I gave some cool scenarios and my husband said, "So what are you waiting for? Write!" So, I began writing the story but then it morphed into Recycled Souls. It was the hardest one for me to complete because I was always going back to it and tweaking it. I'm pretty proud of it because it deals with so many things that I'm interested in.
Reincarnation....I've been introduced to people and have felt such a strong connection to, like we've already met, but we haven't.
Angels...I firmly believe that every one of us has an angel or two watching over us. In Souls, Jessica finds a healing prayer to mend her spirit. She winds up conjuring an angel!
Time travel...Souls touches briefly on this. Who wouldn't love to do that?
Tell us more about your book, what can readers expect from it?
Recycled Souls is about a couple from the 19th century reunited in the 21st century, but they have obstacles they must overcome. It's paranormal/romance story with a hint of mystery and a lot of laughs. Soldier Field is mentioned as the main character Jessica, is a huge Bears fan. Having never been to Soldier Field I relied on a lot of information from friends & family who've been there.
Merchants with Evil Intent deals with human trafficking in Chicago. It's also a paranormal/romance with a lot of mystery as well as twists and turns. Camryn O'Mara, a Chicago journalist is hot on the trail of the kidnapper and ends up falling for Irishman, Declan Corrigan, in Chicago on holiday. They share a memorable dance at a concert in the city and the next day a photo that looks like Camryn appears in the paper and the next missing woman. For reasons he doesn't understand, Declan makes it his mission to find her. He's assisted in his search by a ghostly knight and a pesky angel.
Wicked Games is about Emily, a woman who cheated death as a child when she drowned in Lake Michigan. After the accident she can see and speak with ghosts. Maintaining relationships is difficult for her when people discover her gift. She meets Chase Storm, a man who's been hurt in the past by women. He designed a concept called Seven Days of Heaven. He dates a woman for seven days, has his way with her and moves on. When Emily's not interested in his offer he can't help but pursue her. But then he finds out about her gift. On top of that, Emily's being pursued by The Grey One, a grim reaper of sorts, who wants her soul because he was denied of it so many years ago. This is also a paranormal romance/mystery.
Did you spend time exploring the city and the locations mentioned in the book while writing it?
Grant Park is mentioned in Wicked as well as Navy Pier. I've visited both places prior to writing the book and I tend to take my characters to the south suburbs since it's an area I'm very familiar with.
You saw your first ghost at age 9, tell us about this. What was your reaction?
When I saw my first ghost of course I yelled. Then I jumped on top of my sleeping sister and scared the crap out of her, too. Lol. My parents’ house has a lot of activity in it and we had a few paranormal investigators in once to check it out. One of the investigators was a psychic and told me I had the gift, but I was afraid to tap into it. Over the years I've seen things from the corner of my eye, but when I was writing Wicked I began to notice things more. I'm not sure if this is because Emily was so attuned to seeing ghosts and my mind opened itself up. For instance, one morning I was getting ready for work and walked into the laundry room without putting on the light. I saw a teenage girl with long brown hair standing by the furnace. I went humph, grabbed my shirt and got dressed. She didn't scare me though and I haven't seen her since.
How do you find balance between family and the written word? Any tips for other parents?
It’s not easy having a full-time job, a family & writing! I usually do my sit down in front of a computer writing late on Friday & Saturday nights. I'll be up until four in the morning writing and if my husband has worked the late shift I'll get up at 7 and make him breakfast. But then I find my way back to bed shortly afterwards. My daughter is 15 and is a night owl as well on the weekends. But she respects my writing so will try not to bother me when I'm pounding out my story in the wee hours of the morning. I also have two cats that like to either lay on my lap when I write. During the week I'll spend time with my family watching TV., but I've got my notebook on my lap writing a scene or two. Above all...my family comes first.
What other projects can readers be on the lookout for? What’s next for Kerrie DuBrock?
I have three books out currently.
I'm currently working on my fourth book. Something interesting about my books is that I pull some element from each book and incorporate it into the next book. They are stand-alone books and not a series though. Michael James, the doctor from Recycled Souls, appears in Merchants. The book I'm currently working on involves Rick O'Shea, a character from Wicked. He was a minor character and I wanted to delve deeper into his character. He's a Defenseman for a Chicago hockey team, but not THE team :) who meets a Wiccan and well, that just spells trouble! Of course I'll be venturing out to the city for more inspiration!
I'll be at the Joliet Public library (the Black Road Branch) this Saturday, October 12th, for an Author Fair.
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