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Wonder: Questioning assumptions

One of the things I wanted to do with GIVE UP THE GHOST was present a different way of looking at the “I can see ghosts” special power. In most of the books I’ve read with a character who can communicate with ghosts, the character is scared of them or sees them as a hassle, and wishes they didn’t have that ability. But it seemed to me there could actually be a lot of benefits to having a talent like that. So I wrote my ghost book with a character who likes what she can do.

(Granted, Cass didn’t always enjoy seeing and hearing ghosts, but it didn’t take too long for her to figure out there were some up-sides to it.)

So I wonder, what other supernatural “problems” might not really be so problematic? Or not-supernatural “problems”, for that matter. Is there anything you usually see presented in a negative light in books, that you think might actually be kind of cool/useful?

And on the flipside, is there anything that’s usually presented as a good thing that you think would be way more trouble than it’s worth?

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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.

My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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