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FBI Agent Audra Wheeler has been haunted for the last thirteen years by a paranormal attack that left her sister, Kendra, in a coma. Mentored by FBI Assistant Director Jonathan Cordero to investigate crimes committed by specters, Audra believes she is on the trail of a ‘serial killer’ specter with a MO very similar to her sister’s attacker. The investigation takes her to a small town of Specter, Georgia; a haven for ghosts who exist among the living.

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B.B. | 1 comments I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Did anyone else see hints of VC Andrews?

Also I wonder what the symbolism or interpretation of the color pink is.

Looking forward to receiving your comments.

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Thank you so much, B.B.!

It's funny that you ask about VC Andrews, because she is actually the very first author that I became a fan of. Her books are highly impacted by the dysfunctional relationships between children and their parents (usually the mother). So, if you saw a correlation then I certainly am not surprised. Especially as it relates to who the killer actually is and what ended up twisting their minds towards paranormal murderous revenge.

The color pink: I'm guessing you are talking about the color of the light that signifies the power of the killer. I don't think that I actually had any type of symbolism in mind. But, if I think about it... Pink is supposed to be a calm, pretty, girly color, but in this instance I am using it to signify the presence of danger.

***SPOILER*** It could have been a subconscious nod to the sex of the killer. But, one thing I did take note of the last time I read American Specter is the difference between how the sisters are killed and how others are attacked and killed. It goes back to the chakras I think. Because while the sisters are choked, the other victims have a different organ attacked. And now that I am writing the second book I wonder about the significance of the two victims that actually survived.****END SPOILER****

So the color pink in the book does take on a lot of meaning. Thank you for that question!

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DaVaun (davaunsanders) | 8 comments (Now I'm going to need to check out VC Andrews, too!)

I'm close to the end of American Specter and loving it so far. The concept is fascinating to me, how spirits are integrated into a society's fabric on many levels--even as a waitress at the local restaurant!

What was the most fun element for you with this killer concept? (ha. ha. bad pun intended!) For me it was the day-to-day interactions. I couldn't imagine walking down the street and wondering if every other person I saw was a specter or not.

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Hey DaVaun!

I hope you enjoy the ending! Yes, the integration of the specters, I think, is an interesting concept. It comes from my idea that if we are able to come back and have consciousness, I think we would want to be as useful as possible. My idea of heaven isn't that people lay around all day on clouds... boring.

The most fun I had with this concept was with Gwyn actually. She starts out as a quiet person but to me death actually seems to give her a new lease on life... so to speak.

The idea that you would be able to walk among the dead is creepy and fascinating at the same time. For me the ultimate question is why are they back... why now? Now that Audra's personal quest is somewhat settled what's at stake for the world as they know it?

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Thank you everyone for taking the time to stop by this discussion! If you would like more information on this book or me, the author, feel free to ask right here any time!

Also, here is a link to an interview I did with William Hayashi of the Black Science Fiction Society's Genesis Science Fiction Radio Show.

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