Allan Evans

Interview with the author

I was interviewed by my publisher, Immortal Works. Here’s a taste:

What inspired you to write Abnormally Abbey?

After writing several adult thrillers, I wanted to write something my kids could read. I decided to name the main character after my daughter Abbey and use several of her friends’ names as well in the book. Also, at the time we shared our home with a number of otherworldly spirits. We even had paranormal investigators out to, well, investigate.

So it would be safe to say that you believe in ghosts?

Ghosts have been a part of my life for a while. Though I no longer live there, my last house was haunted. Let me tell you a story.
I was sitting at the kitchen table writing when I heard something behind me. Since I was alone there shouldn’t be any noises.
Creak.
Something was moving behind me in the kitchen. It was a slow creak that sounded like a kitchen cabinet opening ever-so-slowly. I didn’t turn around, but kept writing.
Creak.
I couldn’t help but shiver as I wondered what could be moving behind me. I really didn’t want to turn around. What if I saw someone—or something? I kept trying to write, but my brain wasn’t having it.
Creeeaaaakkk.
Not again. I could feel my heart thudding in my chest. It was like my heart wanted to pound its way out just to get away from the creaking sound. I knew how it felt.
“Abbey,” I tried to call out to my real life daughter who was upstairs. The word barely made a sound as my throat was so dry that my voice sounded like two tree branches rubbing against each other.
Knowing she’ll never be able to hear me all the way upstairs, I had no choice. I was going to have to turn around. I grabbed onto the edge of the table with both hands. Sliding my chair back, I pulled my feet underneath and shakily stood up. Then came the hard part.
I turned around.
Are you curious about what happened? I’ll tell you at the end.

Read the rest of the interview here on the Immortal Works blog.

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