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Paranormal romance writers P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter collaborate on 'After Moonrise'
The Tulsa author had long been pondering a project about a paranormal detective agency called After Moonrise, and the idea became the springboard for both their new novellas. In Cast's “Possessed,” Kent Raef, a psychic detective who works out of After Moonrise's Tulsa office, investigates the case of Lauren Wilcox, whose twin sister has been slain by a murderer who is determined to destroy the woman's spirit, too.
During the Wilcox case, Raef consults with Milana “Lana” Buineviciute, a Lithuanian-born medium who works with the agency's Oklahoma City branch. In Showalter's “Haunted,” Lana's best pal, artist Aurora Harper, becomes convinced she witnessed a murder after she begins painting grisly scenes of the crime in her sleep. When surly police Detective Levi Reid moves into their apartment complex, he teams up with Harper and Lana to track down the killer.
“By the way, Gena, drawing scary pictures in your sleep, that's creepy, I meant to tell you. Creepy idea,” Cast said. “Good job! Well done!”
“Thank you, thank you!” Showalter replied with a chuckle.
The collaborative project gave the friends ample excuses to bounce ideas off each other and swap manuscripts, especially when characters overlapped in their stories.
“I do remember she called me once while I was at Target and it was like ‘Would your character say this?'” Showalter said, giggling. “And I'm just walking through Target, like ‘OK, this is what he's going to say if he's brutally murdered.' It was quite fun, and I did enjoy the looks.”
The duology features a preview of “Alice in Zombieland,” one of the three new series Showalter is launching this year, along with “Angels of the Dark” and “Otherworld Assassins.”
As for Cast, she and daughter Kristin last week released “Hidden,” the 10th title in the “House of Night” franchise, which they plan to make into a 12-book series. She also is almost finished with the third and last “House of Night” novella.
“One of the coolest things about being successful is that we get to choose projects not just to pay the rent. We get to choose projects that we're really passionate about. Like this thing with Gena, it was a good time for me. It was fun to be able to write in the adult world again and also write something that I created with my girlfriend,” Cast said.