The Big Thrill Discusses THE COPPER ISLE GHOSTSLAYER with Terri Greening
When nature photographer and former journalist Layla Devereaux travels to a remote island, she finds it haunted by ghosts. Originally there to solve the mystery of a lighthouse tour guide’s murder and free her wrongly accused brother, Layla soon realizes she faces greater dangers than imagined. She turns to local businessman Colton Harding, who tries saving the struggling island community, for help. Together, they work to unravel the murder mystery and build an unbreakable bond, even as vengeful spirits aim to thwart their efforts.
As Layla searches for answers, she grapples with ghosts from her own past failed relationships. But dealing with both the living and dead becomes easier with Colton by her side. To solve the lighthouse murder and secure her brother’s release, Layla must learn who she can trust among the living as well as the dead before the island’s dark secrets claim yet another victim.
Terri Greening recently sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss her latest paranormal thriller, THE COPPER ISLE GHOSTSLAYER.
A novel is such a major undertaking; there’s the writing of it, of course, then you’re spending months and months revising, polishing, and then promoting it. How did you know this was the book you wanted to spend the next couple of years on?
I wanted to write a novel about an everyday character trying to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to free herself and those she loved from a difficult situation.
When you first created your protagonist for this book, did you see an empty space in crime lit that you wanted to fill? What can you share about the inspiration for that character?
I hope I added to the literature that already exists. Layla is an exceptionally perceptive character. I wanted to explore the gap between the psychic world and the general world with a character who experienced both.
Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?
I read a story about a shipwreck long ago of a ship carrying bags of gold, and I wondered what would happen if someone found it.
Were there any particular books, movies, or songs that were knocking around in your head while you were writing this one?
I thought about movies and novels with ghosts in them.
In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?
I hope readers will root for Layla and draw their own strength from her determination. I hope they admire the lengths she goes to and the internal character traits she draws on to try to save someone she loves.
What can you share about what you’re working on next?
I’m working on another suspense novel.
Terri Greening is a novelist and creative writer. She has a B.A. in journalism from Central Michigan University and an M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University.
To learn more about the author, please visit her website.
THE COPPER ISLE GHOSTSLAYER with TERRI GREENING