Donise Sheppard — A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

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Today author Donise Sheppard discusses her short story, “Coal Run Road,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”):

Blurb: Jennifer’s in love with her family’s new house. Her youngest daughter copes with the move by making an imaginary friend. When objects start moving on their own, Jennifer begins to wonder if the bargain house has a secret. There’s a perfume stench in the bathroom that won’t go away, and Jennifer sees wisps of blonde hair when nobody is around. Maybe the drawings behind the wallpaper in the bedroom are just a sick joke from a previous owner, but what if they aren’t?

What inspired you to write this story? Ghosts terrify me. I wanted to write something that would scare someone else just as much as it scares me.

How long have you been writing? I started writing for fun when I was a little girl. I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until I was in college.

What genres do you most associate with in your writing? I like to write Young Adult with science fiction and romance elements. I like the idea of incorporating real life with fantastical elements.

What are you working on right now? At this moment, I am working on a Young Adult science fiction novel and another short story in the horror genre.

What else do you have available/published? I have previously published six young adult novels, three of which are part of a dystopian series.

What advice do you give to new writers? Read whenever you can, and write at least an hour a day, even when you have writer’s block because writing anything is always better than writing nothing.

Where can people find your work?

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

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