As a child, Angelina spent years in counseling learning that Josie, her imaginary friend, wasn't real, but it turns out her childhood friend wasn't imaginary after all.Now Angelina has to accept she's either (A) crazy or (B) able to see ghosts. Wanting to believe in her sanity, she chooses (B) and welcomes Josie back into her life. But even Josie can't help her deal with Shelly, the spirit of a confused teenager, and things go very, very wrong.When Angelina finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she faces a choice: she can spend the rest of her life pretending to be someone she isn't, or she can embrace who she is and take a chance that she may never get to go home.
Story Behind The Story
A lot of people have asked me where I came up with the idea for Angelina’s Secret. Even though this is my debut novel, it wasn’t my first book to write. I first wrote, On Haunted Ground, a nonfiction work about my experiences of living with ghosts. After spending almost a year writing this book and another year revising it, my husband, Wes, took me out to dinner to celebrate me signing with an agent.
While we were out, our conversation naturally turned to my dreams of becoming a published author. When I expressed my desire to write another book, Wes suggested I write a fiction book about ghosts.
This was something I had never considered and to be honest I was completely intimidated by the idea. As a reader, I enjoy fiction, but as a writer, I couldn’t imagine trying to create it. How authors were able to come up with all of the different characters, scenes, and ideas was beyond me.
Without giving his suggestion much thought, I turned the conversation back to writing another nonfiction work. Being a true believer in ghosts, I’ve always been fascinated with the fact that children seem to be particularly sensitive to them. As my mind explored the possibilities of writing about children and their connection to ghosts, I talked about how I’ve often wondered if maybe their imaginary friends weren’t always imaginary after all.
From across the table, Wes snapped his fingers. “That’s it! You should write a fiction book about a child whose imaginary friend is really a ghost.”
As our evening out continued, the idea began to grow on me. As we sat there and discussed the different angels this book could take, the story began to unfold right there in the restaurant and I knew I simply had to write this book.
I have to admit that in the beginning switching from Adult nonfiction to YA fiction almost made my brain explode. When I learned to take myself out of the story and let the characters direct where it went I discovered the true beauty of writing fiction, and for that, I will always be grateful to my husband.
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Lisa Rogers worked in the medical field until she hung up her stethoscope to help her husband pursue the dream of owning his own business. After opening the business while also raising their two (she insists) wonderful children, the time has come for her to fulfill a dream of her own—which is, was, and will always be, writing.
With her children now grown, she dedicates her time to writing and learning about paranormal phenomena. When she’s not strapped to her computer at their rural Oklahoma home, she can generally be found poking around a dilapidated old building or visiting some historical place, perhaps searching for her next “out of body” character.
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