It is my pleasure to share a guest post by author Elizabeth Price.
ELF: What is one of your hobbies and how has it enriched your writing?
EP: One of my favorite things is to research haunted locations. I especially love to visit haunted places. Over the past ten years, I’ve probably visited over a hundred haunted locations or at least locations that claim to be haunted. Every one of them had a fascinating story to tell about the history of the property. In many cases, like with hotels and restaurants, the people working for the establishments would gladly take time out to tell me all about their experiences. Most of the time, the ghostly encounters were harmless. In many cases, there’s a widow or prostitute involved — the young wife of a sea captain who dies of a broken heart and so on.
Some of my favorite stories involve wild west gunslingers. In December of 2020, I visited the grave of Big Nose Kate in Prescott, Arizona. She was the girlfriend of Doc Holliday back in the days of Wyatt Earp. Rumors claim the people have seen her ghostly image at her gravesite. When I visited her grave, there was a jar let with messages for her, unopened bottles of beer and wine, poker chips, and cash. Regardless if the rumors were true, it was amazing to see.
My favorite haunted hotel I visited was a boutique hotel in Ventura, California. I stumbled on it by accident while traveling to Santa Barbara. I didn’t know the hotel was haunted until I walked inside. I’m not even sure why I went inside… probably to find a restroom. Regardless, I started chatting with the man at the front desk, and he told me the story about a prostitute that smelled like roses and who would pinch men’s rumps as they walked up the stairs. She had hung herself in the late 1800s in one of the room’s closets. That experience lit my muse to write the Haunted Ends series.
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
The team of the hit cable television show “Haunted Ends” joins up again to investigate the Galaxy Disco. While shooting their show at the disco, the investigation takes a turn for the worse when the investigating team is transported back in time to the 1970’s. The team, along with Sam, their ghostly teammate, must figure out how to return to their own time by solving the mystery of who killed thirty people.
The bronze statue of Juan Bautista de Anza greeted them as Rocky parked the car in the roundish parking lot. Rocky glanced at the statue, finding it rather odd to see a Spanish conquistador riding through the park, perched on a beautiful stone horse.
Man on a horse? he thought. Surely not. The statue wasn’t there the last time he visited… though it had been a long time.
As he turned to the statue, the statue’s head turned to him, winked then returned to normal. Rocky felt the expression fall from his face.
“You see that?” he gulped. “Dude…” he waved his hand towards the backseat to gain Sam’s attention even though he wasn’t looking at Sam. His hand sliced directly through Sam’s stomach, causing his image to waver slightly.
“What?” Sam muttered.
Rocky jumped out of his car, pointing to the statue. “That! That statue winked at me!” he proclaimed in front of a large group of school children on a field trip. The children all giggled at the madman as their teachers hurried them away from the area.
Sam floated from the car and over to the statue. “Oh, him? Yeah. He’s our eyewitness. Come on, let me introduce you—”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elizabeth grew up in Redlands, California as an only child. The lack of siblings, cousins, or even kids in her neighborhood to play with sparked her imagination to life. She spent most days entertaining herself with elaborate stories, even doing so when her attention should have been elsewhere—like on her schoolwork.
As a teen, Elizabeth dove headfirst into the geeky culture of Star Trek and other science fiction and fantasy novels. She became so consumed that she spent all her free time and allowance on new books—eagerly anticipating their arrival. When she felt hindered by her limited allowance and the inevitable waiting period between new releases, it dawned on Elizabeth to revisit the creation of her own stories. This is where she was truly born as an author, pouring her imagination into multiple genres.
In 2009, Elizabeth graduated from California State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, emphasizing Entertainment Studies. She has taken numerous writing classes to hone her craft—everything from script writing to copywriting, story writing and more.
Elizabeth has been happily married to her supportive husband since 2001. He greatly encourages her in her writing endeavors and accompanies her on trips to haunted locations—her favorite pastime. She currently lives with her husband in Corona, California.
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