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2008 Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades interview with author/editor Marilyn Jaye Lewis. See the Sacchi Green post for general book info.

Can you talk a bit about your inspiration for your story "A Path to the Woods"?

For me, nothing is more haunting than the death of love, especially when it occurs in the fall -- for me, the fall adds an almost unbearable poignancy to almost everything! Since I had never written a ghost story of any kind before, I thought I had better just stick to my own definition of feeling haunted. Hence, I imagined the death of a woman I have loved more than life itself. And I wrote about that.

Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost?

If you mean spirits who are no longer among the living -- yes; I've encountered them numerous times over the years. But never as shadowy shapes floating in bed sheets in old dark houses. Rather, they turn on my music boxes, my night-lights and my Christmas tree lights. I also encounter them as voices, sounds, or as the sudden aroma of roses in the house.

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

My favorite ghost story is probably Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Not only because the ghost is blended so seamlessly with the idea of autumn nights, but more because autumn is my favorite time of year and Irving describes autumn so exquisitely in the story.

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

I'm working on a new novel, Twilight of the Immortal. It's about gays & lesbians working in Hollywood during the Silent Era and how 3 people's lives are changed after the sudden death of the (allegedly) bisexual movie star, Rudolph Valentino.

I'm also working on a short-short story, "Every 60 Seconds." It's a stream-of-conscioussness take on the cliche that men think about sex every 60 seconds. It's for an upcoming neo-feminist antho, Sex from the Other Side.

Readers can visit my website & blog at


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