About the Book
Book: The Ghost of Darwin Stewart
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Religious/Christian Fantasy/Mysteries & Detective Stories
Release date: October 15, 2021
It’s all fun and games until a smelly ghost, and a terrifying shape-shifting entity follows Lucy home. When a malevolent spirit learns Lucy is the keeper of the artifact he has been searching millennia to find, everyone she loves is placed in danger. With several other magical artifacts which were in the trunk she purchased from the vendor at the flea market, Lucy finds she has access to powers she never knew existed.
The Spectrescope has shown her a beguiling other world reality filled with magic, spirits, wizards, and daemons. The artifact is the key to unlocking many secrets. Secrets, that if not kept, would mean destruction for the world beyond the portal, and possibly her own. Whether she likes it or not, she must decide. Will she protect the artifact? Or will she give it up to protect herself?
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About the Author
Meet LG Nixon, author, coffee connoisseur, motorcycle enthusiast, and collector of strange artifacts. With her zany imagination, she fuses a page-turning fantasy with a haunting theme and turns it into a spirit filled adventure with quirky and likable characters. After a long career, she left the workplace behind and turned to writing. Her stories are lighthearted but carry an underlying message of the importance of a Biblical worldview. She researches and writes full-time from her home in Michigan where she prowls the night star gazing and watching for a supernatural event. LG loves to ski, ride motorcycles, travel, and fly small planes; but no bungee jumping, thank you very much.
More from LG Nixon
I’ve always had zany and quirky imagination. Growing up in a creaky old house with a grandmother who told stories of ghostly visitations, I was curious. As a child, I filled journals with mystery and detective stories.
These days I write about ghosts and spirits to entertain, and use scripture as dialogue to portray God’s love and forgiveness, our hope of redemption, and the reality of a supernatural dimension just beyond our perception.
Why would a Christian author write about ghosts? Because scripture is filled with ghosts and spirits, angels, and demons along with some amazing creatures. God uses incredible imagery to capture our imagination and draw us deeper into His word. I love to study scripture because I always find new truths that go beyond the scope of imagination.
My writing has grown from my love for Jesus and a desire to share my faith with hope and encouragement. The Issachar Gatekeeper series is designed to show young adults in a fun, adventurous way the impact Christian principles can have on their lives and to deepen their understanding of the world around them.
Our heroine, Lucy, has a wonderful neighbor, Mrs. McGoo, who always comes through to save the day with her delicious chocolate chip cookies. Lucy’s best friend, Schuyler Williams, says, “A really good chocolate chip cookie is nearly a spiritual experience, don’t you think?” So, we are sharing this recipe with you so you can sit, relax, and share some with a friend. Enjoy!
Interview with L.G. Nixon
Which character did you connect to best in this book?
Malpar—the shape-shifting Hayyothalan. He is stuck in a dire situation and his outlook is bleak until he meets Lucy who reminds him there is always help available to those who ask. We’ve all been in situations that test our fortitude. Love, encouragement, and forgiveness have immense healing powers.
Which part of the book was the most difficult to write?
The beginning. I had the storyline, the settings and location, the characters, and the theme. But, how to start? Several free writing sessions later, the first scene in the first chapter still wasn’t coming together. It was rewritten numerous times. The problem was finally solved when I cut the preamble and began with the action. I write in a linear fashion so the beginning had to be correct before the rest of the story could unfold.
What is your vacation spot?
We live in Michigan, the winter and water wonderland. There are so many beautiful locations but one of our favorites is northern Michigan, along the Leelanau Peninsula. It’s surrounded by Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay with beautiful white sandy beaches that invite you to stroll barefoot through the surf.
Describe your view as you’re sitting in your writing chair.
I am so fortunate! We live in a wooded area filled with wildlife. My office windows overlook areas that are well traveled by deer—you can see the paths they have worn in the dirt. Birds frequent the thick, sturdy tree limbs too, and I often see a variety of birds flitting past my window. The robin is our state bird and they hang out in clusters, even in wintertime. It’s lovely!
If you could have one book or piece of art or music on a deserted island, what would it be and why?
I would need my Bible above all things. Within its pages, I find inspiration, comfort, beauty, and imagination. The psalms offer music and poetry, and spiritual hymns. It’s God’s love letter to me and it is where I can hear His voice.
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To celebrate her tour, L.G. is giving away the grand prize package of a custom printed canvas tote bag including a signed copy of the book, mug and coaster, book light, bookmarks, and other goodies!!
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