I have another author interview today! Today we are visited by Tifani Clark, the author of “Shadow of a Life” (Soul Saver Book 1) — a ghost story based upon the mysterious real life story of the ship Mary Celeste. So, first the cover and a bit about the book:
Jamie Peters plans to spend the summer before her junior year with her nose stuck in a book—not saving lost souls. Usually the girl that blends into the crowd, Jamie’s world is turned upside down when a mysterious ghost begins to follow her.
But Sophia isn’t just any ghost.
A hundred years earlier, Sophia’s disappearance sparked a national mystery that remained unsolved. Jamie knows the legends surrounding Sophia’s disappearance, but she never dreamed she would find out what really happened . . . or that her family might have had something to do with Sophia’s disappearance.
Determined to set Sophia free, Jamie blows the dust off her family’s past and unearths clues to discover what she must do to save Sophia’s soul. She enlists the help of childhood friend—and secret crush—Peter Ashby as she sets off on a dangerous quest to find a missing map. Spending the night in a graveyard, crawling through a dilapidated barn, and staring down the barrel of a gun aren’t enough to deter Jamie from helping Sophia. But can she find the answers she needs before another ghost gets revenge on her and Sophia?
You can find the book here on Amazon or here on Barnes and Noble
Tifani Clark grew up on a farm in southeastern Idaho (yes, that’s where they grow all the potatoes) as the middle of five children. She had a lot of space to imagine and daydream and often pictured herself as a character in one of the many books she read. She was habitually found pretending to be Scarlet O’Hara. Tifani loves mystery and hates it when one goes unsolved. She is married to the love of her life and is the mother to four fabulous children. When not writing, she enjoys playing the violin and piano and traveling to new places. She especially enjoys visits to national parks and places of historical significance.
Tifani can be found here: http://www.tifaniclark.blogspot.com/
Now to our interview, based upon the book’s title.
Shadow of a Life
S is for Setting: Can you tell us about the setting for your book and why you chose that place?
Shadow of a Life takes place in Marion, Massachusetts. The setting for this book was an easy decision for me. Since the book is based on a true story, I chose to focus on the town where the real Sophia Briggs lived. I did a lot of research about the town in an effort to make it as accurate as possible. I even got a close-up look at the town thanks to Google Earth! Some of the places the characters go are real (like the cemetery and the library), but the restaurant they frequent is fictitious.
H is for Hobbies: What are your favorite things to do?
I have all kinds of things that I enjoy doing. Sometimes it just depends on the day. I play the violin and piano and I have a couple of violin students. I obviously enjoy writing, and reading is just as great. With my family, I love to travel. We want to visit all 50 states and we’re doing pretty good so far.
A is for Advice: What piece of advice would Jamie, Peter, and Sophia each give?
Jamie: “Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”
Peter: “Life’s an adventure. Hang on and enjoy the ride.”
Sophia: “Always have hope in the future and never give up.”
D is for Danger: Your main character, Jamie, has to face some dangerous things. What would she say she is most afraid of?
Failure. Jamie isn’t afraid of things like spiders, and snakes, and heights…and ghosts. She lacks confidence in herself and is terrified that she won’t accomplish what she set out to do. As the book progresses, her confidence builds and she is able to overcome that fear of failure.
O is for obstacles: What sort of obstacles do your characters overcome (without spoilers) and what do you feel you learned from writing their journey?
My characters find themselves in a few tricky and dangerous situations. Probably the biggest obstacle that the living characters have to overcome is to actually believe in ghosts and a different reality than they’ve ever lived before. The ghost characters have to put their trust in those who are living and that is kind of hard for them.
W is for “What next”: So what is next for you? Do you have other books in the works?
The first sequel to Shadow of a Life is finished and in the editing phase and the second sequel is in the planning stages. Hopefully it will be completed by the end of the year. I’ve finished a couple other books (Young Adult Suspense) that I’m getting ready to market as well.
Life– If you had a chance as a ghost, to do one thing that you didn’t get an opportunity to do in this life, what would you pick?
Good question! This one made me think. Hmm… I want to see the world. I am fascinated with history and culture and life. I would have to say that I would use my “ghost powers” to travel the world and see things from a non-tourist view. It’s easier to truly experience a new culture when you don’t have tourist written across your forehead.
The book looks really interesting, I’m excited to read it. Thanks for being here today Tifani!