Saturday, March 30, 2013


Stumbling off the bus in Midtown, Harley Martin thought she found an escape from her old life.

She soon realizes it was anything but that.

Low on cash and options, she manages to find herself a cheap but surprisingly nice apartment. The catch? The last tenant, Brody Walsh, killed himself.

Or did he?

As disturbing dreams and hauntings start to occur, Harley realizes there may be much more behind the previous tenant’s death than a simple suicide. She finds her life further entangled with his when she learns that her new boss, Nolan, was also his best friend. Could this handsome but evasive pub owner have something to do with Brody’s death?

Trying to piece together the events surrounding Brody’s death proves to be a daunting task, but Harley can’t give up. Brody won’t let her. He is still in the apartment with her, trapped in limbo until she finds his killer.

But he’s not waiting for revenge.

Harley's next. 

The Untimely Death of Brody Walsh
Brody Walsh’s life is left in disarray when his girlfriend is found brutally raped and murdered. But it completely shatters when his best friend, Nolan is arrested for the crime.

Even as the media is portraying him as a monster, Brody knows Nolan isn’t capable of murder.

That leaves the question: Who is?

Once the trial begins, Brody discovers just how little he knew about his girlfriend, spurring him to dig into her past for possible answers. And as Aggie, his long time confidant and childhood crush, stands by his side through all of this, he finds his own past resurfacing when his feelings for her reignite. But as the media and the prosecutors close in on Nolan, ready to convict him for a crime he didn’t commit, Brody will be forced to make a choice.

A choice that will lead to his untimely death.


The story behind the story

The idea for The Possess Saga had been rolling around in my head for a long time.  Originally I was going to have ghosts in my first book, Mistaken. In that story, Dillan originally never even knew either of the twin brothers  - one haunted her apartment, and one lived in town.
Obviously I changed my mind and while Mistaken is in the same town as The Possess Saga, it ended up being a suspense/thriller about Dillan falling in love with one brother, losing him, and finding out he was mistaken for the twin brother she never knew he had.
Still, after writing Mistaken, I really wanted to write just one ghost story but I couldn’t pull together an idea I liked. One day while I was standing in front of my bedroom mirror the weird random thought came into my head of  “Hey, how freaky would it be if your face and your eyes turned into someone else’s while you were staring into the mirror?”
This is how Brody’s simpler haunts in Possess were born and the ideas for the story just sort of exploded and turned into Possess as it now is. I tend to get ideas when I find myself just asking random what if’s, how’s, and why’s. Sometimes they are just silly thoughts, but sometimes they inspire a whole plotline for a story.
As far as making it a series, I have become so inspired by the characters in Possess that after the first book I knew I had to write more. In Possess there is a certain chapter that ended up inspiring the prequel to it, the novella, The Untimely Death of Brody Walsh. I wanted to explore the last bit of Brody’s (the ghost) life before he was murdered.  What really happened between him and Aggie? Why did he choose to do the things he did? Did he know he was going to die?
After writing Brody’s story, I couldn’t leave Aggie hanging after the events in Possess, so now I am currently sixty percent done with the first draft of that story, Possess My Heart. My creative process with this series reminds me of that book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” because it seems like if I follow one story or one character, it seems to unfold yet another one. Possess went from one little ghost story, into a paranormal series that will span at least 5-6 books with much more than ghosts lurking around each corner.


J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.


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