Janice Tremayne is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning ghost and supernatural writer. Janice is a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2020 International Book Awards in Fiction-Supernatural.
She is an emerging Australian author who lives with her family in Melbourne. Her recent publication, Haunting in Hartley, reached number one on the Amazon kindle ranking for Occult, Supernatural, and Ghosts and Haunted Houses categories, for hot new releases and bestsellers.
Janice is well-versed in her cultural superstitions and how they influence daily life and customs. She has developed a passion and style for writing ghost and supernatural novels for new adult readers.
The concept of writing the Haunting Clarisse series was spawned over a cup of coffee many years ago, and she has not looked back since. Her books contain heart-thumping, bone-chilling, and thought-provoking ghost and paranormal experiences that deliver a new twist to every tale.
Tell us about yourself.
Janice is an emerging Australian author who lives with her family in Melbourne. Her recent publication, Haunting in Old Tailem reached number one on the Amazon kindle ranking for Occult, Supernatural, and Ghosts and Haunted Houses categories, for hot new releases and bestsellers.
Janice is a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2020 International Book Awards in fiction-supernatural and was awarded the distinguished favorite prize for paranormal horror at the New York City Big Book Awards 2020.
Janice is well-versed in her cultural superstitions and how they influence daily life and customs. She has developed a passion and style for writing ghost and supernatural novels for new adult readers. Her books contain heart-thumping, bone-chilling, and thought-provoking ghost and paranormal experiences that deliver a new twist to every tale.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I have always wanted to be an author. As a child, I always enjoyed writing short stories and I had a vivid imagination. Later on, in life, my work career and family took over and it left me with hardly any time to think about writing. I started writing professionally 18 months ago when I took a break from work. I completed a writing course and refined my craft by writing a series of supernatural suspense novels.
What genres do you like to read? Are these the same genres you write in?
I like to read horror stories and particularly those with a religious bent or undertone. The DaVinci Code and The Exorcist are some good examples and books by Stephen King. Because of my profession previously I also read business books on self-help and improvement for example.
Is your book for adults, young adults or children?
My books are for adults; however, I would categorize it as ‘new adult’ in terms of audience. Having said that, some of my best fans are older and retired people.
What is your current release or project?
I am working on a new suspense thriller series (The Zack Bolder Suspense Thrillers) Each book is set in a real Australian ghost town and I study the history of the town before I start writing.
Tell us about the key characters
The key character in the series is Clarisse. She is a brave and inquisitive spirit hunter that has been blessed with supernatural talents at a young age. The only problem is that demons and ghosts know about her abilities and follow her around. In every book, she encounters a new ghost town, another demon entity and a battle for supremacy.
What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?
An Australian ghost town. A resident demon and a local Shaman. A confrontation with evil awaits.
Clarisse realizes that running from evil is not a bad idea until she figures out you can’t hide. When some ghosts get tired of hanging around, they latch onto you. At the centre of the war on evil is a historic Church that carries dark secrets within its walls. After she meets with the local Shaman, Clarisse discovers secrets with evil consequences by digging too deep into the town’s past. When matters become complicated, she visits a circus of young performers on the outskirts of town triggering unexpected paranormal events and unleashing memories of a one-hundred-year curse. After being caught in the crossfire of a battle for evil supremacy, Clarisse confronts Little Charlie as he rallies the town’s ghosts into an impeccable evil stronghold.
Can the local Shaman and townsfolk rally in her quest to defeat the evil incarnate or will the town succumb to Little Charlie and his evil crew?
Haunting in Old Tailem is the third book of the Haunting Clarisse Series. If you like spine-tingling, chilling, creepy and spooky supernatural thrillers, then you will love this story by 2020 USA Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Finalist in Supernatural Fiction, Janice Tremayne.
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She heard a flurry of steps run across the graveyard as stones flicked off the ground and crushed, dried-out weeds propelled into the air. Tiny steps that she had encountered once before—in Hartley. Was it Little Charlie?
Then another ominous sound. Children laughing and giggling while the faint sound of a circus tune played in the background. Da, da, da, da, da …
She immediately turned around to find four children, each one standing next to an unmarked grave.
One little girl, no more than ten years old, with a black ponytail, knee-high cotton socks, and a white frilled dress, played with her hula hoop. She swung it around in motion and with the equilibrium of an expert. She smiled as her, dark eyes with thick, black eyeliner resonating toward Clarisse.
Next to her was a young boy, no more than eight years old, playing hopscotch between two graves. His knee-length shorts, long socks, and blood-stained shirt, held up by suspenders, were ragged and worn out. He looked like he had been in a terrible accident and dragged across the ground, oblivious to any pain. While playing hopscotch, he balanced three small balls in the air like a juggler, quite a trick and well-coordinated.
Next to him was Little Charlie, sitting on a gravestone with his rope lassoed and legs crossed. He swung his lasso repeatedly and flung it toward an empty can as his target. He liked showing off his prowess to Clarisse, even though he couldn’t say any words, throwing his hands up in the air each time he conquered his target.
Another girl, albeit younger than the first, stood behind Little Charlie on an unmarked grave. She was wearing a crimson dress with frills and brown, country-style boots. Her dress was tainted red in parts from bloodstains, and her face was white as snow. It accentuated the eyeliner around her black eyes and sculptured face. She tilted her head slightly to the side as her red hair was tossed around in the slight breeze while holding a Raggedy Ann doll next to her face. She looked directly at Clarisse, smiling while caressing the doll.
The Raggedy Ann doll smiled one thoughtful expression, blinked its right eye two times rapidly, and then nodded before going back to its original posture
Do you have a favorite scene?
My favourite scene is the first chapter because it sets the context for the book. It a powerful ghost scene inside a Church in the town of Old Tailem. Here the protagonists confront the evil for the first time and there is an interaction between them.
What advice would you give a beginner?
My first advice is to learn about book marketing if you are going to self-publish. I wrote my first book in the series without understanding a clue about establishing a readership or following, building a newsletter and how to market the book in the context of a series. How to establish which genre or subgenre to write, editing, book covers…the list goes on. You will save lots of money by not making expensive mistakes and have an established plan.
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