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2008 Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades interview with author Kathleen Bradean. See the Sacchi Green post for an overview and book info.

Can you talk a bit about your inspiration for your story "Words Like Candy Conversation Hearts?"

I went to a reading for an anthology at Skylight Books here in LA a few years ago. I won't name her, but one of the writers had the most incredible lips, which I still remember fondly. Later in the reading, the store cat decided the event was all about it and disrupted another writer by knocking over a pile of books and then trying to lay on the microphone while the writer was reading. The audience thought it was funny, but the writer got upset and quit reading. By the time I got home that night the story was all but written.

> Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost?

When I was in high school, one Sunday the church service didn't start on time. Finally, the preacher came out and said that the organist had a mishap and they would be starting late. As I turned to my best friend, I had a vision of a coffin in front of the altar and flowers everywhere. A film of gray seemed to cover everything. When I blinked, the place was back to normal. I told my friend that the organist was dead. She thought I was nuts, of course. After the service, they announced that the organist suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital and died. Ghost? Vision? Overactive imagination? I have no idea. Even after that experience, I don't believe in the paranormal.

What's your favorite ghost story (you can pick a movie if you prefer)?

That's a hard one. Probably the Tell Tale Heart. Or the Canterville Ghost. As for movies, I thought the Sixth Sense was brilliant and I'll watch The Ghost and Mrs. Muir every time it's on.

What are you working on now and where can readers find out more about

My blog
Kathleen at Blogspot is kept up to date. I'm working on so many things it's hard to pick out one. My next novel is a mystery that pays homage to my favorite detective duo, Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man. (No ghosts.)


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