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Thanks for joining me today Nina. I guess I’ll start by asking why. Why do you write what you write?
As a child, I had vivid nightmares – the kind where I’d fall out of bed terrified. I also had an active imagination, so I’d see things. This combination filled my head with eerie stories I sometimes wished were true.
I was the oldest child in my family, but I had a dream where a young woman visited me at night and told me she was my big sister. She would sneak me from the house and we would fly through the night on vigilante adventures. As a Catholic second-grader, I’d share this story to an attentive group of friends on the playground. Eventually, the nuns took me aside to verify if these stories were true. “The other children are afraid these are real. Maybe you should just write your stories down.” It was a thrill to keep their attention, to seize their imaginations, and to give them a little scare.
Tell me about your story Frigid, it won an award, right?
Yes, Frigid won first place in Mythraeum’s Pygmalion contest. Mythraeum runs about four short story competitions a year. Each theme centers on a mythological figure and writers are encouraged to really run with it, to morph the traditional idea. So, of course, I went dark with it!
There’s a cash prize for first place and then your story is in the running with the rest of that year’s first place winners for short film development.
Frigid won! Filming begins in January 2018 with Loste Films in Colorado. Their last project Turn Around (2016) was an award-winning horror short. I’m excited to see the story come to life on screens at indy film festivals.
A movie? Wow! What about your other work? I know you have appeared in some anthologies. You even work in field, correct?
My stories appear in a number of anthologies. Horror readers might be most interested in the Polterguests and A Haunting of Words anthologies. My dark science fiction story “Regolith” is coming out in the Terra Nullius anthology fall 2017.
I’m in a ghost investigation group founded by members of Unseen Press.com. We’ve investigated historical buildings such as the Athenaeum in Indianapolis and the serial killer Herb Baumeister’s house. My husband and I love to visit small towns and will often legend trip on our own. We’ve expanded some of our equipment, but my favorite is taking notes and tons of photographs – the pure experience of it.
What are you working on now?
I’m in final edits for my story The Clearing appearing in the Transmundane Press anthology On Fire later in 2017.
But I’m most excited about a new project inspired by fans at local paranormal conventions. I love sharing stories about the ghost investigations I’ve participated in and everyone keeps asking if I’ve put them in a book. So, that’s my current project. I’m compiling field notes and data plus, of course, my recollections, on several locations into a volume. I have a feeling it will turn into a series.
I'd love to hear more about what it is to be a ghost hunter. Is it like what they show on television? Mind telling me about one of your hunts?
Oh, I warn newcomers it’s nothing like the shows! You definitely need patience. It’s like fishing. You keep quiet most of the time, setting your lures, casting your line, and eventually there’s a bite and a sudden flash of activity. And sometimes you catch it – sometimes you don’t!
At Herb Baumeister’s former residence, we’d been investigating for several hours. We were all quite tired after roaming the house, the woods, the acreage. We waited in the warmth of the lower level for the last of our group to return. We sat in the game room, next to the infamous indoor pool, and packed up most of our equipment. And that’s when something happened. Our group leader was so disappointed, kept lamenting how he’d shut off the video camera. I so wished I’d been taking some random photos at that moment! But, that’s how it often works out. It’s an intriguing experience.
I am definitely going to get you to do a guest post and tell us a lot more about that! Thanks so much again for being here, and I look forward to speaking with you again.
For more info on K.N. Johnson, her work, and ghost hunting, click on any of the images and links below. Happy hunting!
My Facebook page serves as my website for now & includes a Shop with links to the publishers’ online bookstores:
Here’s Loste Films’ award-winning horror short Turn Around (2016):
Here’s my Amazon author page: