A. Not letting marketing and admin tasks distract you from writing, and not letting reviews affect you too much, both the good and the bad.
Q. Can you give us a short synopsis of the books?
A. In City of Ghosts, Jackson Stone, an American tourist, gets more than he bargained for when he spends the night in an ancient Chinese ghost city. There he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets—secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden. In The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts, medium Kate Carlsson and Jackson brave the world's most haunted island to save a little girl's soul.
Q. What inspired you to write these books?
A. While touring China in 2014, I fell madly in love with the country. I wanted to write about it, but could not come up with a decent idea. Then I visited a ghost city. It was pretty campy, but I could easily see how creepy it would be at night. What if someone got trapped here? I thought. What if they wanted to get trapped here? Within a few days, Jackson started telling me his story, and I was off and running.
Kate, the protagonist of The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts, was a supporting character in the first book, but beta readers loved her and wanted to know what happened to her and Jackson after they left China. That and spending time alone on Poveglia—widely considered the world’s most haunted island because of its horrific history —were the impetus for writing that book.
Q. How many hours per day do you spend writing?
A. Actual writing, two or three. I’m a fast writer, and when I’m on a roll, I can manage 1500 to 2000 words an hour. But there’s a lot more to writing than just writing. The travel, research, plotting, thinking, rewriting, and marketing take a lot longer.
Q. Name your top five favorite books.
A. Ooh, that’s a tough one. My favorite books change depending on my mood and where I am in life, but five that remain constant are Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, Bag of Bones by Stephen King, The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, and Open House by Elizabeth Berg.
Q. What are you working on now?
A. I have several projects in the works. I’m finishing up the third installment in the GhostWriters series, which will take Kate and Jackson to Egypt. Aside from that, I have some stand-alone books I’d love to finish—a mystery, a psychological horror, and a dark romance. And I have a handful of manuscripts I'm shopping around.
On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive.
Jackson Stone is touring the abandoned Chinese city when he slips away from the group to spend the night, determined to publish an account of his ghostly experiences there.
Then he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets—secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden.
As Jackson uncovers the truth about Yuèhai and the ghost city, he’s drawn into a web of conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. He must risk everything to save himself and bring honor back to Yuèhai and her family.
Would you risk everything to save a stranger?
Off the coast of Venice lurks Poveglia, the world’s most haunted isle, steeped in centuries of innocent blood. A deranged doctor who took great joy in torturing his patients in life continues to rule his abandoned asylum after death.
Few go to Poveglia willingly, but medium Kate Carlsson has no choice. It’s her job.
While struggling to retrieve a young girl’s soul, Kate uncovers some shocking truths about the evil on the island that challenges her own convictions and morals—and even her life.
Is saving Lily worth making a deal with the infamous Doctor of Death, or is the price too high to pay?
J.H. Moncrieff’s work has been described as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure.
She won Harlequin’s search for the next Gillian Flynn in 2016.
Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.
When not writing, she loves exploring the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.
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