September 26, 2023

Tish McGinnis, Medical Examiner / Character Interview


Today I'm bringing you a character interview with Tish McGinnis, a medical examiner, from Witch of Death, my short paranormal suspense eBook available for 99 cents. This was a post for my blog tour years ago that is no longer on the other blogger's site (and which I had linked to on my website...bummer), so I am sharing it here on my own blog.


Name: Tish McGinnis

Place of Employment: New Orleans Police Department

Occupation: Medical Examiner 

Actress: Meg Ryan


Chrys: Hi, Tish! Thanks for meeting me in the cafeteria. *looks at a box in Tish’s hands* What’s that?

Tish: Muffins. I brought them for you.

Chrys: Oh, that’s so sweet. Thanks! Are you ready for a quick interview?

Tish: I’m always ready.


1. Can you tell us about your typical day on the job?

Sure, I may get called to 1-2 crime scenes to check out the body or bodies. When they’re transported to my office, I examine them thoroughly from head to toe. I take swabs from the inside of their mouths, scrap under their finger nails, and look for any evidence and signs of injury, as well as cause of death.


2. What is your hardest case to date?

All of my cases involving babies and children are equally difficult. I hate seeing tiny people on my table.


3. On a scale of 1-10 how difficult would you rate your current case?

10!


4. Why’s that?

Because it’s so strange! There’s no wounds on his body, no blood on his clothes, no bite marks, no nothing, and yet there’s no blood left in his body. I don’t know how this could’ve happened or what kind of weapon could cause this. It had to be something...supernatural.


5. Interesting...what are your hobbies outside of work?

I like to ride my Harley, binge watch Vampire Diaries (I love me some Damon), and bake all sorts of goodies such as muffins, cookies, and pies. I give some of it away, but I eat most of it. No wonder why I can’t ever lose my muffin top!


Chrys: *looks down at the empty box* Well, I don’t think you have to worry about that this time, because I ate all of the muffins.

Tish: So now you’ll have the muffin top!

Chrys: Wonderful.



BLURB: Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

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September 19, 2023

Meet Libby, the Witch + Witches - True or False

 

There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation out there about witches, so let’s debunk them and get some facts straight, shall we?

This was a post for my blog tour years ago that is no longer on the other blogger's site (which I had linked to on my website...bummer), so I am sharing it here on my own blog.


1. Witches fly on broomsticks at night.

False. Witches use brooms to cleanse sacred spaces and sweep away negative energy.


2. The pentagram is the sign of evil.

False. The pentagram represents the earth element and the feminine force.


3. Practical Magic isn’t just the name of a book/movie, but a type of magic.

True. Practical magick is the use of magic for practical means, such as for healing and medicinal use through herbs, tea, soap, candles, and aroma therapy.


4. Witches wear pointed hats.

True. A pointed hat represents a cone of power flowing from a higher source into the witch’s mind. They are mostly worn during rituals.


5. Witches sacrifice animals for spells and rituals.

False. Witches believe animals and everything on earth, including trees and rocks, are sacred. 


6. Witches serve in the military.

True. This is an old statistic, but as of 2006, an estimated 1,800 witches served in the US Military.


7. Everyone who practices Wicca is a witch.

False. Not every witch is Wiccan, nor is every Wiccan a witch.


8. Witches perform spells to attract things they want.

True. Witches do try to attract good things they want with spells (which can be elaborate rituals or a simple spell bottle containing herbs and crystals), chanting, or visualization, but they don’t cast a spell that harms others or takes away someone’s free will. They may bind someone from causing harm, though, or energetically cut ties.


9. Wiccans honor the gods and goddesses only.

False. Many witches pray to the Christian God and believe that all spiritual paths (Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.) are equally valid. A witch can pray to whatever higher power they choose, from a single Goddess to Mother Earth. Some even refer connect to what they call "spirit." 


10. Witches have hooked noses and warts.

False. Witches look like everyone else. They look like me.




BLURB: Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

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September 12, 2023

Simone Rose, Medical Examiner / Character Interview


Today I'm bringing you a character interview with Simone Rose, a medical examiner, from Ghost of Death, my short paranormal suspense eBook available for 99 cents. This was a post for my blog tour years ago that is no longer on the other blogger's site (and which I had linked to on my website...bummer), so I am sharing it here on my own blog.


Name: Simone Rose

Place of Employment: Aurora Police Department

Occupation: Medical Examiner

Actress: Amy Lee (who is really a singer from the band Evanescence.)


Chrys: Hey, Simone. Sorry for making you come into the lobby of the department, but I didn’t exactly want to be near any dead bodies.

Simone: No worries, Chrys. But you know, they don’t bite. 

Chrys: I figured that.

Simone: Although, they sometimes burp.

Chrys: *blinks* Really? Never mind. Are you ready to answer a few questions.

Simone: Absolutely. The DB’s will keep for a few minutes.


1. So, why did you decide to be a medical examiner?

I was always different. *shrugs* As a child, I would sit in my room all day reading murder mysteries. I got into medical science young and volunteered at a morgue for school credit. Many people would think it weird, but I feel as though I have more in common with the dead than the living.


2. What’s the worst type of corpse(s) you’ve had to work on?

The worse, by far, are floaters. You know, those bodies that have been in water for days. Not only are they bloated, discolored, slimy, stinky, and covered with maggot but...two words...skin slippage.


3. Ick! Can you tell us about the body on your table now? I hope it’s not a floater.

Not a floater...a young woman. She’s twenty-one, and she’s a beauty. She’s how I would imagine my daughter, if I had a daughter. She was murdered last night, her throat slit, and I’m doing everything I can to find evidence to help Detective Avrianna Heavenborn close this case.


4. What do you do when you’re not working?

I’m an intimate creature by nature and I like to spend time with members of the opposite sex. With that said, let your imagination run wild.


5. Oh. *clears throat* Okay. Umm...how would you describe death?

Death is a spiritual journey we all eventually go on and it’s unique to each of us. It’s not the end, but a doorway to much more. What that more is won’t be known until we take that journey; when it’s our time.


Chrys: Thanks for your time, Simone.

Simone: And thanks for yours, Chrys. I’m just going to go back to make sure none of the DB’s are walking around. I sure hate it when they do that!

Chrys: *laughs* 


BLURB: Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can...by stalking the lead detective on the case. 

Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

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September 05, 2023

Write What Makes You Happy & Let Others Write What Makes Them Happy


Once, on social media, I read comments between two authors who mocked Hallmark Christmas movies, and they laughed over the idea of them writing stories like that. One writer responded, “Shoot me now.” The other asked a moral quandary question that went like this: “Would you write those cheesy stories if you knew you’d be able to support your family?” The one who asked added that she would because she’s a “sellout.”

That conversation, which I did not get involved in, stuck with me.

Dialogue like that, in public settings, can put other writers down. Someone who writes sweet romances with Hallmark-like vibes may have seen that and felt ridiculed for writing stories that make them happy, and also uplifts the spirits of so many people.

Writing “cheesy stories,” Hallmark-esque stories, sweet romances, romantic-comedies is NOT selling out. 

Nor is writing erotica, a genre that has become increasing popular over the years.

What we write is personal. It’s a decision.

No one has the right to make the decision for anyone else what genres and types of stories are worthy of being written. We all get to make that decision for ourselves.

One writer may not like science fiction. One may not enjoy horror. Another may not like romance of any subgenre.

That’s fine. As long as you don’t claim that certain genres are more superior than others. Or certain genres are crap.

Every genre has a purpose. Fantasy. Sweet romance. True crime. Erotica. Just because it may not be your cup of tea doesn’t mean it’s any less.

Writing a Hallmark-inspired story isn’t selling out if it’s truly what you want to do. 

Neither is writing erotica.

Both ends of the romance spectrum exist for a reason. 

As long as you’re staying true to yourself and your creativity, don’t let anyone make you feel bad for the stories you write.


QUESTION: What do you write that makes you happy and you won't let anyone stop you from writing it NO MATTER WHAT THE HELL THEY SAY ABOUT IT?