Interview with Marian McCarthy, Author of Murder and the Ghost Hunter

12 Oct 2022

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Murder and the Ghost Hunter?

Barn owls have such haunting, human-like faces. I imagined an ancient legend about a creature that is half barn owl, half woman. The mythical Owl Woman haunts the small town of Vardo, Oklahoma, in the fall, when the veil between the spirit world and the physical world is permeable. That’s the “ghost” in the title.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Murder and the Ghost Hunter, what would they be?

For psychic mortician Perrie Spock: “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.” For Sheriff Reg Woolaroc: “Rocket Man.”

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I enjoy mysteries and thrillers. And I love writing mysteries with a paranormal twist!

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

“Prize for the Fire” by Rilla Askew and “The Awake Dreamer” by Samantha Fey.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I enjoyed writing about the barn owls. They fascinate me.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I light a candle while I write. I also play music that helps me focus.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Carpe Diem. Seize the day and enjoy it as much as you can!

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Listen. People, spirits, ghosts, animals. They all have voices you need to hear.


Marian McCarthy is the author of the new book Murder and the Ghost Hunter

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