Get your fortune told and a book signed by Victoria Laurie at the launch party for her new novel Ghoul Interrupted. A real-life psychic, Laurie includes intuitive readings for members of the crowd during her appearances. In fact, she counts on her intuitive powers and experiences to create her characters and plots.
“The whole series began around my practice as a psychic intuitive,” Laurie says in a taped interview. “I never had any serial killers come after me, I was never kidnapped by the mob…but I have had some very interesting sessions with clients and I’ve done some police work.”
You can tell by the titles that Laurie’s books have an edge to them — previous novels include What’s a Ghoul to Do?, Ghouls Gone Wild and Demons Are a Ghoul’s Best Friend. In Ghoul Interrupted, protagonist M.J. Holliday, who leads a reality television show called Ghoul Getters, gets called to New Mexico, where an ancient demon is waging war.
Laurie, who lives in Austin, is a busy, busy writer, churning out a new book for each of her three series every year. Her next release is Oracles of Delphi Keeper: Quest for the Secret Keeper, due in February. 6 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Tue., Dec. 27, 2011