I love a good anthology, and when an anthology is about ghosts, the West, and the supernatural, AND has a story in it titled ‘Don’t Eat the Pickled Eggs’…you know I’m going to be grabbing a copy! Please enjoy with me, Kaye Lynne Booth’s blog tour and introduction of her anthology, Spirits of the West.
Do you believe in ghosts? I think there is something inside every one of us that makes us want to believe, but not all of us do. That’s what makes a good ghost story so attractive. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good ghost story? I know I do.
I also believe that every story carries a grain of truth. We bury many real-life experiences and dreams in the subconscious, but often, they are not content to stay there, so we allow them to poke their heads up and see the light of day through our stories. Encounters with the spirit world often fall into this category, because we’re afraid that to talk about them out in the open will label us as crazy. Often, we begin to doubt our own senses and what we know to be true, and soon the memory is buried and we seldom think about it, let alone talk about it.
I believe in ghosts. I’ve had numerous encounters with the spirits in my life. Too many for me to doubt the existence of ghosts and spirits. And every paranormal story I’ve ever written has that little grain of truth from a true-life encounter embedded within it. Spirit encounters make great story fodder, often resulting in a story that makes you think long after you’ve set the book down. The story that I wrote for the Spirits of the West western paranormal anthology, “Don’t Eat the Pickled Eggs”, is no exception, although the encounter described was not my own.
When I heard my friend’s tale of how her boss came to her one night before anyone knew he had passed, I knew this tale would eventually find its way into one of my stories. She recognized the fact that it could have been a dream, but still claimed no doubt that it had really happened. She and her boss had always had feelings for one another, but he was married, so those feelings had been denied for many years. Her story was so powerful that it gave me chills and goosebumps, just hearing her tell it, perhaps because of the sexual nature of the encounter. It was so intimate, so personal that even if it had been a dream, I knew that she believed it.
I sat on the idea, letting it simmer in the story cooking pot of my mind, like the ingredients in a good stew, for several years until the time came when I was trying to come up with a western paranormal story for the Spirits of the West anthology. I took the idea of un-acknowledged love and a final good-bye and placed it in a western setting, and I truly hope I was able to capture the same feeling that I got when listening to her tell it. The very nature of this idea creates a mystery, resulting in a western paranormal murder mystery, creating what might be a totally new genre. The addition of the colorful character of Stinkweed was added as a means of revealing the truth of what actually happened to Hiram. It’s a story that I enjoyed writing, and one that I hope folks will enjoy reading. You can get your copy of Spirits of the West here.
Kaye Lynne Booth is a freelance writer, editor, and novelist. She writes poetry, short fiction, and children’s books, as well as literary and gardening articles. She holds dual MFA in Creative Writing – Genre Fiction and Screenwriting, and will soon be earning an M.A. in Publishing.
Her first novel, Delilah, was published by Dusty Saddles Publishing in 2016. In 2019, she founded WordCrafter Quality Writing & Author Services and WordCrafter Press and now publishes her own books and anthologies, as well as the work of others. She also promotes herself and other authors through WordCrafter Book Blog Tours and her authors’ blog, Writing to be Read.