March 22, 2017

Spirits of the Heart @gemwriter #RLFblog #supernatural #suspense

Welcome Claire Gem author of Spirits of the Heart, a new Supernatural Suspense.
Why did you write this book?
I grew up in Middletown, N.Y, where there was an abandoned mental asylum. The place always haunted me. I’ve always been very interested in the history of mental health care (which is a ghoulish history to be sure!), so it seemed the natural place to set my next supernatural suspense.
Then, during the writing of the book, I was visiting the property with my sister/cover designer, taking pictures for the trailer. One particular building, Talcott Hall, kept calling to me, though I couldn’t get too close because of the 8-foot high chain link perimeter. Two weeks later, the building mysteriously burned to the ground—after standing empty for almost 30 years. It was then I knew that Spirits of the Heart must be written, to immortalize Talcott Hall.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary romances, particularly those with supernatural elements, especially ghosts. I’m a ghost hunter at heart.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Films, not books—Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
What are you working on at the moment?
My next novel is called Pigments, and is another supernatural suspense. The blurb:
There’s an unsolved mystery in the world of art history: which painting was Vincent Van Gogh’s last?
Rachel Parrish is a DNA analyst with peculiar a psychic ability: psychometry. She can access the memories of a person from something they touched, thereby leaving their genetic blueprint behind. She also suffers from some unusual phobias. She’s terrified of visual art, particularly of . . . paintings?
Duncan Nicklas is a sexy museum curator who comes to Rachel’s aid when an unplanned museum visit overwhelms her. He’s searching for his soulmate: another, like-minded antiquarian to complete his life. His initial fascination with Rachel’s gift develops into something more—but she’s terrified of paintings. He’s a museum curator. How can this ever work?
And then there’s Ethan Fagan—who’s determined to claim Rachel as his own. To use her abilities to validate an obscure painting in his grandfather’s collection. To secure his fortune. No matter what the cost.
Pigments. It’s all in the touch.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
In addition to Pigments, I’m working on a non-fiction book for fiction writers called The Road to Publication. I’m hoping that will be released sometime before April 1st.
Please tell us about your latest book.

Spirits of the Heart, a Haunted Voices Novel

Genre Supernatural Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
An addiction counselor and a security guard struggle to free two, lost spirits trapped inside an abandoned mental asylum.
Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old friend and start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend’s moved out, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard. Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past. His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability. But Laura sees her too—a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. Can they unravel the mysteries of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love—and lives—in the process?
Publisher Erato Publishing

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Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of emotional romance—sexy contemporary, supernatural suspense, and women’s fiction. She writes about strong, resilient women who won’t give up their quest for a happy-ever-after—and the men lucky enough to earn their love. No helpless, hapless heroines here. These spunky ladies redefine romance, on their terms.
Her supernatural suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival. Her 2016 release, The Phoenix Syndrome, won the women’s fiction division in FCRWA’s The Beacon Contest.
A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Kayelle!

    1. Welcome back. Your post got shared on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Always good to see you. :)


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