Illustration by Corona Zschusschen
Today we are being joined by Indigo Eady, the main character of the Indigo Eady Paranormal Mystery Series. She will be speaking about her role in the first book, Givin' Up The Ghost.
Indigo, how did you come to have a starring role in Givin' Up The Ghost?
Well, the story is about me and my life, and the first story took place just six months ago, so who better to play the role than me?
Yes, I see your point.
I understand that you don't like people to know about your special abilities. Why is that?
When I was young, I thought everybody could see and speak to ghosts. When I started school, I found out differently. When I'd pass a message from a spirit on to someone, they'd say I was lying. Then I'd get teased and the kids called me a freak and a witch and all sorts of unkind things. Needless to say I didn't have very many friends. That's why I don't like people to know. It makes them uncomfortable.
Can you share a little about these abilities with us?
Yes. I can see and speak to ghosts, and I also do Psychometry.
Psychometry. It's the ability to read the energy or history from a person or object. I'm not very good at it though. Or I should say that I'm not good at controlling it. It often backfires.
What do you mean? Can you give us an example?
Without giving anything away about the book, I can tell you that sometimes when I shake hands with someone, I get a vision of something from their lives, something momentous or important. It runs through my head like a film clip. If that person is violent or has known violence, it can manifest negatively. I have to be very careful about what I touch.
Manifests negatively? I'm not sure I understand.
*Indigo holds her hands out, palms up. Scars of all shapes and sizes criss-cross them* What most often happens is they blister. And I have to be very careful about picking up someone's pint glass, because, *she shrugs*, if they are a big drinker, then chances are I feel the results of that.
Do you mean - you get drunk? Just from touching the glass?
*She nods and looks uncomfortable.* I'd rather not talk about that.
Oh - okay. Then tell us a little more about the ghosts.
Ghosts are usually earth-bound for a reason. They can't cross over until they've resolved whatever it is that's holding them back. When they figure out I can see and speak with them, sometimes they ask for my help.
Sometimes - not always?
No. Some of them seem content as they are. Like Fanny Bishop. She lives at our house.
That's right. Fanny is the nineteenth century madam. You two are pretty close, aren't you?
*She smiles.* Fanny is an absolute sweetheart and I simply adore her.
What about other spirits?
*She sighs* Some of them are just curious about me. They've heard about me and come to check me out. Sometimes they poke me when I sleep, or pull my hair. Sometimes they want me to pass on a message. It can be quite annoying, actually, because they're pretty active at night. I don't get much sleep.
And sometimes they want you to help solve their murder?
I was wondering when you'd get to that. Yes. Bart Bagley, my friend Badger's dad, asked me to help solve his murder. As you know, that's what Givin' Up The Ghost is about, so I don't want to say too much about it.
How is it working with your new friends? They don't seem to mind about your being psychic.
No, they're great. They don't mind. Simon is my cousin, of course, and my best friend. But when Badger found out about me, he didn't really believe me at first. I had to prove myself. The others, Badger's sister Riley and my friend Cappy, they didn't have trouble believing.
I have to ask this. You have an awful lot of mishaps. What's up with that?
*A big sigh* First, let me set the record straight. I am not clumsy. I'm really not. I'm...a coordinated person who uncoordinated things happen to. It's the ghosts and the Psychometry that keep me off kilter. I don't trip over my own feet or anything like that. I'm usually running from a dark spirit or chasing another one, or...*she pins me with her vivid blue eyes* you could help me with that, you know. You're the writer - you could fix that particular aspect.
*I shake my head.* I just write it as I see it. Besides, I think it's a very endearing trait, that you, um, aren't too steady on your feet.
*She glares at me*
Let's move on to the final question. The one everyone wants to know about...
*A suspicious look from Indigo*
You and Badger. Sparks fly - everyone sees it. And there was that kiss...
We're friends. That kiss was just an investigation technique. You see, we had to pretend like we were a couple so those goons wouldn't know------why are you smiling?
Come on, Indigo. Even you said it was, and I quote, "really good."
For a fake one! I said it was really good for a fake kiss! Badger and I, we're friends. He has a lot of responsibilities now that his dad is dead. He has to help his mom support his brothers and sisters, and run the pub, and go to school. And I'm - I'm still adjusting to...things. Trouble seems to follow me, and who wants to deal with someone with problems like mine?