GHOST HAND: Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a rare birth defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Things from the darkest depths of the human psyche never meant to exist in this world.
Olivia can pickpocket the soul.
But she can’t control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust.
AND NOW...a little about the author, Ripley Patton. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of Ghost Hand, a YA paranormal thriller and the first of a three-book series known as the PSS Chronicles. To find out more about Ripley and her fiction, visit her Website, or find her on Facebook or Goodreads.
What brings your writing into focus? For me, writing has always been about creating meaning. From the first poem I wrote at age thirteen when my mother died, to book two of the PSS Chronicles I'm working on now, I write to make sense of life, and ideas, and the world. When things are confusing, or hurt me, or seem random, I need to write them into story because only through story do they suddenly become whole and sensible to me.
What inspired GHOST HAND? Ghost Hand is about a girl who can pickpocket people's souls. She can reach into them and take out a token of their deepest darkest psychological issue. And I suppose that idea originally sprang from the fact that my husband is a therapist who works with troubled teens. Teens have a lot going on in their psyches these days, a lot of hurt, and baggage, and inextinguishable light. So, I sort of jumped off of the question, "What if someone could just reach in and pull that out?"
What's the highest compliment someone could make about your writing? Your writing touched my soul. That would be amazing, but nobody's said that exactly. I've had a few people say, "Your writing made me cry," and I hope they meant cry in a good way. And I wouldn't feel too bad if other writers said, "Damn, I wish I'd written that."
What do you think readers will like about your book? Well, I've been told it is a page-turner, the kind of book you can't put down until you've read the last page. And that is actually what I was going for. I also think that the paranormal aspect is really unique. I've never read or heard of a book with a premise even close to Ghost Hand's. Finally, I hope they'll love the characters as much as I do. I tried to create the kind of characters I love to read; flawed, sympathetic, complex, and realistic. Oh, and the ending is nice and round. It doesn't leave you hanging, but it does leave you wanting more.
If you could meet one of your characters, who would it be and where would you meet? Of course, I've met all my characters. I've met them on a daily basis for the last three years in my head. But if I could meet any of them in this world- the world outside my head- I think I'd meet Olivia sitting next to her dad's unmarked grave. And we wouldn't talk. We'd just sit, and that would be enough.
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