what attracted the team to a ghost story?
Rhiannon: I came aboard quite late in the process and the theme and plot had already been
decided. I’m a YA paranormal nut, thought, so as soon as I read the proposal I
had to be involved.
Sharon: What were some of the steps the team took to ensure consistency in
Rhiannon: We had several meetings and lots of discussion posts on Facebook. The main
character I write, Emma, appears first time in thread three, the thread that I
wrote with Beau. Beau had given her her basic voice, and I got to expand on
that. Emma’s 15, doesn’t like “weird” food and she’s got some stroppy
friends. It was easy to picture her from that.
Sharon: Who was your favourite character to write and why?
Rhiannon: I only write from Emma’s POV, but I loved writing the scenes with her and Mark.
I could picture him very clearly. He’s a calm, easy-going sort of guy who
doesn’t get ruffled when things get crazy. He will, however, admit when things
start to get weird. It’s a nice combo.
Sharon: If you were a paranormal being, what would you want to be?
Rhiannon: Probably a witch. They’re close enough to mortals to blend in but get to have
all these powers. Plus they read a tonne of books. I could get into that.
Sharon: During this process did you ever break out into the Ghostbusters song?
Rhiannon: I was getting a more Charmed and Buffy vibe actually! I busted out How Soon Is
Now a few times.
Sharon: Did you have an imaginary friend growing up (if so tell us about him/her):
Rhiannon: No, unfortunately, but I did have a vivid imagination. I liked to imagine there
were ghosts in my room. My friends and I even started a sort of paranormal club
when we were nine or so. We were convinced we all had ghosts in our houses.
Sharon: I believe Maria V Snyder workshopped the opening story, what was that like?
Rhiannon:I wish I’d been there to meet her! I hope she enjoys the final product and I
look forward to dropping her a line.
Sharon: What is the biggest learnings you’ve taken away from the process?
Rhiannon: It’s not as hard as you might think to manage a group project. You need the
right sort of people first, and be open to each other’s ideas. It’s also a lot
of fun. I don’t know of many group-written novels so I can’t wait to see how
this one will be received.
Rapid fire questions:
Latte or cappuccino? Cappuccino. It’s all about the chocolate.
Note pad and pen or computer? Both. I work on the train.
Magic or fists? Ooh toughie. I have to say both again.
Blue or green? Blue.
Sixth Sense or Ghostbusters? Ghostbusters all the way, baby.