Ghost Stories

Nancy Drew, Where are You?

Sharon Buchbinder
After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. She had it all--a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning her to "come on back" to writing fiction. Much like Heather Graham, her spicy multicultural romantic paranormal suspense stories are set in small towns in rural, exotic locales, with strong female heroines, sexy male heroes, secret government agencies, undercover agents, shape-shifters, werewolves, weretigers, ghosts, jinnis (genies), telekinesis, teleportation, remote viewing, and other things that go bump in the night and keep her up thinking of new stories. When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, she can be found herding cats, walking her dogs, fishing, cooking, dining, and laughing with family and friends, or writing in Baltimore, Maryland or Punta Gorda, Florida.
sharonbellbuchbinder@gmail.com

I blame Nancy Drew for my fascination with mystery and suspense. When I was a kid, I used to pretend to be Nancy Drew and lead my own investigations. For instance, in the “Case of the Chickens Who Didn’t Cross the Road,” our neighbors claimed their chickens remained on their side of the street. But, if that was true, then why was there a large nest with eggs in our empty dog house? After a week of intense dog house surveillance, I was able to say with absolute certainty that those chickens did, indeed, cross the road. And, to this day, the town of Windsor Locks, Connecticut is still stunned by the revelation that cows do eat clothes hanging on the line, jump fences and stand in the middle of the road. Again, it was my investigative work that cracked the “Case of the Wild Cow.” At age thirteen, I wanted to join the FBI, but they weren’t hiring women in those days.

Add my interest in mystery to the fact that paranormal events have played a role in my life since childhood, and you can see how I’ve blended them in my writing. I have always accepted this alternate reality that many others do not experience or recognize. Their disbelief doesn’t dismiss my psychic experiences: dreams that come true, that I think of someone–and that person calls, and that I knew my sister was pregnant before she did. In the 1970’s while a psychology major at the University of Connecticut, I participated in remote viewing/telepathy experiments using the now famous J.B. Rhine Zener cards and other images. My “hit rate” as a receiver was statistically greater than chance occurrence.  Curiosity and pragmatism took me down the paths of psychology (BA), neuroscience (MA in Psychology), Nursing (AAS) and finally, public health (PhD).  So, it’s really not surprising that I’ve gravitated to paranormal romance as one of my favorite sub-genres to read and to write. I think what shocks some readers about my writing is that my stories are complex and layered, alternating some very dark material with hysterically funny moments. Isn’t that life, though? Up, down, laughing, crying–we’ve all been there. Life is not one flavor, just ask Forrest Gump.

Here are two of my most recent releases—now available in AUDIOBOOK, too! Each of them has supernatural elements interwoven with light and dark moments.

When hotel inspector, Tallulah Thompson, is called in along with her pug, Franny, to investigate renovation delays, she meets an extremely annoyed and dapper turn-of-the-century innkeeper. The only problem is he’s in limbo, neither dead nor alive, and Tallulah and the pug are the first to see him in a hundred years.

Cursed by a medicine woman, “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Lucius” Stewart is stuck between worlds until he finds his true love and gives her his heart. When he first sees Tallulah, he doesn’t know what he’s feeling. Yet, her stunning beauty, and feisty attitude pull him in.

With the fate of Hotel LaBelle on the line, Tallulah with the help of a powerful medicine woman turns Lucius back into a flesh and blood man. She and Lucius team up to save the hotel, but Tallulah can’t help but wonder if he will ever let go of his past love and learn to love again. Available at Amazon and iTunes

Legacy of Evil, Hotel LaBelle Series, Book 2  When a wild mustang is shot in Montana, renowned horse whisperer and telepath, Emma Horserider, is called in to calm the herd and find out what happened. Once on scene, she is almost killed by a bullet-spewing drone and calls her black-ops brother for backup.

Emma’s help roars into her life covered in tattoos and riding a Harley. Remote viewer Bronco Winchester takes the assignment because he is ordered to, but he wonders what type of assistance his boss’s sister needs. That is, until he sees Emma, a valiant warrior woman proud of her Crow heritage.

Posing as a married couple, Emma and Bronco go undercover to infiltrate and stop a hate group. Both are anxious enough without the growing attachment they feel for each other. When the lives of many are on the line, they are not sure if they will live or die – let alone, have a chance at love. Available at Amazon and iTunes

New authors are always told two things: write what you love to read and write what you know. Lucky me, I’ve been able to do both! Happy reading!

 

Join our fabulous Inner Circle!
I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )
Join over 3.000 visitors who LOVE Mystery!
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.
  • 20
    Shares
2 COMMENTS
  • Sorchia Dubois
    Reply

    I think a number of writers are frustrated FBI wannabes–so we spend out time watching people from the shadows, taking notes, and compiling our findings in reports–er–fiction. Nancy Drew and I spent many happy hours together, also. Do your co-workers know about your psychic abilities–that could have been your fun fact 🙂 Neat post!

  • Sharon Buchbinder
    Reply

    Thanks for reading and commenting, Sorchia! Yes, I agree, we are constantly observing people. A friend gave me a sign that says, “Be careful what you say. You might wind up in her next novel!” LOL!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: