Local author Nichole Craig said her first book, a ghostly work of fiction entitled “The Blood Scroll,” came along after a life using her imagination and finding help from her community.
“The Blood Scroll,” which is on sale through Amazon, includes a chapter in which her spirit hunter heroine is at the Wood County Historical Museum.
“I have lived here most of my life and I used my favorite local haunted place as a backdrop for a scene. My work is fiction but I used a couple of ‘real’ hauntings I have enjoyed reading about,” Craig said.
A synopsis of the book has main character Amara Black making a living traveling across the country cleaning houses of tenacious spirits. When a cleaning goes wrong, she finds herself in police custody and learns that her pattern of showing up in various towns during inexplicable attacks has made her a person of interest in an ongoing FBI investigation. As Black discovers more about herself and the path she’s chosen, she discovers that her freedom — and humanity — are at risk.
Craig said the book’s development came through many life experiences.
For example, “The Blood Scroll” started with a short story contest for one of the many Facebook writing groups she participates in.
“The theme was revenge. I knew everyone would take a more romantic pursuit on their story so I thought on it and I came up with a ghost story.”
She lost the contest but felt she could add to the story. That became the first chapter of “The Blood Scroll.”
“I really liked the idea of using some of my favorite real hauntings with my character Amara,” Craig said.
She has a past rich with reading and paranormal experiences.
“My family has always been into the paranormal. My most memorable family vacation was to St. Augustine, Florida, where we went on a bunch of ghost tours.”
She said that she also has had local haunted experiences.
During a Halloween visit to the Wood County Historical Museum she borrowed her grandmother’s electromotive force detector or emf.
“I had a lot of random partial spikes, but there was one point I was walking down the hall and it spiked all the way and I looked around and beside me on the wall was a picture of one of the spirits I wrote about in my book.”
Craig also said she was born into a life of books.
“My grandma buys the book, reads it, gives it to me. I read it then I give it to my mom and she reads it and puts it on her shelf to join the other books,” Craig said. “Right now I read mainly paranormal/fantasy and my favorite authors are Jeannine Frost and Ilona Andrews.”
Craig said imagination has inspired her stories from a young age.
“For as long as I can remember I would make up stories in my head to get myself to fall asleep.”
She said creative writing did not begin until her junior year in high school.
While at Penta, her friends studying CAD and other computer programs asked her to write a story line about ninjas with elemental powers for a video game they were going to make. While the video never happened, she discovered that first story was popular among her classmates, who passed it around the bus as they returned home.
In her senior year she went back to Bowling Green High School and took a creative writing class that taught her some of the mechanics of creative writing.
“We would design characters and they would communicate with other students characters,” Craig said. “That class was where I wrote my first complete novella length story.”
She said several teachers have encouraged her writing. “My creative writing teacher was Mrs. Bacue. The teachers that made my senior year bearable were Ms. Kampe, Mr. Leonard and Mrs. Boos.”
She also had assistance from her publisher Irish Horse Productions, which supports Facebook pages writers can join.
Craig’s career has had some formidable challenges. She has a rare genetic disease called tuberous sclerosis, which causes tubers in her brain and tumors in her heart. These growths can cause seizures and heart murmurs as well as frequent migraines and occasional issues with recalling words or lapses in memory, which she said affect her writing. Her daughter also suffers from the disease. There is no cure but medication is helping to control symptoms.
Craig lives in Bowling Green, with her husband, Keaton, and children, Adrianna, who is 5, and Korbin, who is 18 months.
“I am as nervous as I am excited to share The Blood Scroll with the world.”
Excerpts of the book can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Scroll-Amara-Arcane-Novel-ebook/dp/B085BDJ9ML/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=nichole+craig&qid=1583235856&sr=8-1