Monday’s Friend: Carrie Pulkinen
Today I am pleased to welcome Carrie Pulkinen to the blog to tak about her newest paranormal romance TO CATCH A SPIRIT.
Death and Romance
By Carrie Pulkinen
People often ask me where I get my ideas for paranormal romance books. I think the biggest factor that affected my interest in the paranormal was that I grew up next door to a cemetery. Literally. The only thing separating my house from the graveyard was a narrow dirt road and a row of bushes.
So, I learned about death at an early age. I’ve seen more than my share of funerals—mostly people I didn’t know, thank goodness. But, where did the person’s energy go after they died? It had to go somewhere, right? Could they still be hanging around, watching—or trying to communicate with—the living? The topic has fascinated me since I was a child.
A few years ago, I met my good friend Ingrid. A psychic and medium herself, Ingrid taught classes on meditation, channeling, and Reiki healing. I attended her classes for many months, hungrily absorbing every bit of insight and information she shared. What I learned from Ingrid inspired me to write To Catch a Spirit. Allison, the heroine, is based a bit on Ingrid.
I started writing, and I felt like I knew enough to accurately portray a psychic and an empath. In addition to watching as many episodes of ghost hunting shows as I could, I’d also been on several ghost hunts of my own. I had all the experience and information I needed to write this book, except for one thing. I didn’t know what to do with a ghost once I found one. How did I help it pass on to the other side?
I approached Ingrid with my dilemma, and she was hesitant to help me at first. She had spent most of her life trying to block out spirits, and she wasn’t sure she wanted to welcome them back. But, she did agree to help me, and we went on a ghost hunt. After contacting a spirit, she taught me how to show the ghost the light and help it pass on. It was such an amazing experience!
I was able to complete To Catch a Spirit quickly after that night. Many of the techniques for energy clearing, healing, and communicating with the dead in To Catch a Spirit are examples of the things I learned in the classes I took. I put so much of myself into the book; it is by far my favorite of anything I’ve written.
A psychic who’s afraid of ghosts and a millionaire with a haunted past and a hidden power find that only love can catch a spirit. With love, all things are possible—especially if you need to catch a Spirit.
Psychic Allison Dupuis has a soft spot for Logan Mitchell, even though she’s never met him. All it takes is one encounter for the millionaire’s true emotions to slip through Allison’s shields, and she is intrigued. He needs her help, but Allison soon discovers that the kind of help Logan needs is the kind she isn’t willing to give. Logan has a ghost, and Allison doesn’t work with spirits anymore.
But the ghost is the least of Logan’s problems. Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. And while his talent has come in handy in the business world, it’s about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion.
Sex and money. That’s all anyone wants from him. Even worse, he’s plagued with recurring visions of his future wife’s death, so Logan has spent his entire life avoiding love. He’s given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. She’s everything he’s ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.
If she’ll even have him. Allison’s lost too much already — her mother to cancer, her father to suicide. But, Logan is so charming and so real, she can’t help but fall for him. Now she has to overcome her fear of commitment…and ghosts…or face spending the rest of her life alone.
Carrie Pulkinen has always been fascinated with the paranormal. Of course, when you grow up next door to a cemetery, the dead (and the undead) are hard to ignore. Pair that with her passion for writing and her father’s insatiable love for monster movies, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an exciting storyteller.
When she’s not writing stories of amazing sex with devilishly handsome men, Carrie likes to read, take pictures, and play with her kids. She also enjoys hearing from her readers, who can write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.