JMB: I can. I think it was shortly after I saw The Grudge that the question first occurred to me — if someone dies horribly and becomes this evil avenging spirit who murders everyone in its path, then what happens to the spirits of the people it kills? Do they become evil avenging spirits, too, or do they just get pissed off at the ORIGINAL avenging spirit and gang up on it? I wrote Restless Spirits mainly to answer that question.
|SM: That sounds ridiculously cool! Have you always been interested in writing about the paranormal?|
JMB: I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of the other — non-human beings or entities living among us, either battling against us or trying to fit in and have relationships with us. And ghost stories have always scared me. I’m not sure what I believe about ghosts — as a religious person I believe in angels and demons as depicted in the Bible, but I’m not sure that the Bible is quite as definitive about ghosts as most Christians claim, and I’m not sure where ghosts fit into that equation. At any rate, they freak me out. A few years ago I started watching Ghost Hunters and researching the paranormal mainly to confront that fear and desensitize myself to it a little. And that, of course, fed into Restless Spirits and my protagonist’s background as a paranormal investigator.
|SM: Are you working on anything new?|
JMB: I’m currently writing Dominion of the Damned, which explores how vampires would react to a zombie apocalypse that threatened to do away with their food supply. It should be ready for release in October.
SM: Vampires and a Zombie Apocalypse? Oh, goodie! I can hardly wait! Sounds like two of my favorite things rolled up into one tasty treat.
Thanks again, Jean. Wishing you much success.
Seriously, does it get any cooler than avenging ghosts and vampires in a zombie apocalypse? I think not! To learn more about Jean’s books, check out her website.
For those of us in the UK, it’s also on Amazon UK for just £2.14.