Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ghosts and Unfinished Business by Karen Michelle Nutt #endoftheroad @KMNbooks

Ghosts and Unfinished Business 
by Karen Michelle Nutt 

I've always loved ghost stories as far back as I can remember. The thought of the afterlife scared me as much as it fascinated me. I pretty much read everything that was even remotely supernatural or paranormal that I could get my hands on. When I was older and could travel, I visited haunted locations, took ghost tours, and read up on the history of the places where ghost sightings were documented. If I didn't write about ghosts and other paranormal tales, I'd probably be a paranormal investigator. lol

Not only do I like to read about real ghost stories, I've always been intrigued about why ghosts want to stick around and haunt a place. We may never know, but it's interesting to imagine the reasons.
Some have hypothesized that ghosts are there simply to wreak havoc on those who live in the house they had once lived in when they were alive, or that the ghosts want revenge because their resting place has been disturbed and they are angry. To delight horror fans, Hollywood has created such movie plots with the intention to make the moviegoer cringe in their seats.
Some people believe souls do not cross over because there is something holding them back and they become stuck in-between worlds. Perhaps they are confused because their death was traumatic or they have unfinished business. It may be simply the fear of the unknown that stems from religious beliefs. Or perhaps it is to right a wrong. Especially if they were murdered, they may want justice.

Then there are others who believe that loved ones are responsible for keeping a ghost earthbound because they cannot move forward with their lives. The ghost becomes tied to those feelings and can't move on to the afterlife.

For me, I believe any of those things could be true. However, I also believe it's possible at times we aren't actually seeing ghosts at all but experiencing a time overlap. Perhaps said apparition also sees us as a ghost as well, but in actuality, we are both alive and living in our respective timelines.
In my story, End of the Road, I chose a ghost story, where a ghost has some unfinished business to attend to before moving on, and I also incorporated my love for rock 'n' roll music. Lars Gunner, frontman to the Silent Plaids, is a ghost haunting his music room at his residence in Malibu, California. For 23 years no one could see or hear him until his grown daughter, Cecilia, unearths his journal. As the story progresses, the truth about what happened the night he died will unfold, but the story is also about Lars having a second chance to have a relationship with his daughter, something denied him because he died so unexpectedly.

We may not know what happens to us after we die or if ghosts are even real. All we can do is look at all the evidence, opinions, and theories and then decide what makes sense and go with it. The good news is, we'll figure out the answer eventually. After all, we're 'future ghosts' in training.

Have you ever been on a ghost tour? If so, where? Tell us about your experience.
If you haven't been on a ghost tour, would you want to go on one? Do you have a place in mind that has intrigued you?

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About the Book:
Lars Gunner, the frontman for Silent Plaids, died 23 years ago and his death was ruled an unfortunate accident. Despite the fact he can't recall what happened to him in his last moments of life, he is convinced he was murdered. He has been trapped in limbo until his daughter, Cecilia, unearths his journal and is able to see him. She seeks help from Kaleb, a psychic, but as they resurrect the past, the secrets and lies surrounding Lars' rock and roll life just may be the death of them too.

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Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband. Though her three children are grown and starting their own adventures, she still has a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.
When she's not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian's Book Covers, "Judge Your Book By Its Cover".
Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

Visit the author at her website:
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Diane Burton said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed your snippets on Weekend Writing Warriors. You convey the heartache Cecilia feels as she remembers her father dying so young. Thanks so much for visiting. Wishing you much success with your newest release.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog. I'm happy your enjoying the snippets too. :)

Veronica Scott said...

Great post and I've been loving the snippets on WWW as well!

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Even though I am cynical about the existence of ghosts on this Earthly plane, I positively love ghost stories. I am trying to think of the name of a ghost story in which Nicole Kidman played the lead. She believed her house was haunted by a intrusion of ghosts, but the reverse was the real situation. I guess I should say spoiler alert here.
Anyway, I enjoy reading ghost stories, especially if they are romantic. I always wonder, how can this possible ever work out? But the really important thing as far as I'm concerned, is to have a very good reason for that ghost to be there.
A wonderful post Karen. I always enjoy your stories.

Maureen said...

I enjoyed your post!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...


I'm so thrilled that you've liked the WWWW posts. Thanks so much for stopping by here today. Glad you enjoyed the post too. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said...


Nicole Kidman's ghost story she starred in is The Others. Yes, interesting tale. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. So glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for the wonderful compliment too.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...


I'm so glad you enjoyed the post.