Today we sit down for a chat with Misty Dawn from Nancy Cole Silverman’s Misty Dawn Mysteries.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
I can’t say I was surprised when Nancy picked me as her protagonist for her new series with my name. I had been pestering her for quite some time to pull me from the pages of her Carol Childs novels and give me a story of my own. After all, I’ve been around for a while. I’m a seventy-year-old Hollywood psychic, and my clientele list is like a who’s who in Hollywood, plus I’ve been a frequent consultant to LAPD and the FBI. I came to L.A. in the sixties selling love potions out of the back of my VW van; there’s not much I haven’t seen and don’t know.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I’m a soft touch. I enjoy my work, and while it’s allowed me to earn a living, I tend to give away as much as I’ve ever made to those I’ve helped. I always thought I’d be fine. Unfortunately, psychics can’t read themselves, and lately, I’ve found myself on hard times, but then I’m an optimist.
What do you like least about yourself?
I’m not terribly well organized, which has caused a lot of problems with my current roommate.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you? She had paired me with a shade, a person who hasn’t totally passed, and for whom it’s my responsibility to help. As a psychic, this isn’t the first shade I’ve been paired with, but Wilson, a former set designer, hasn’t been easy for me. And worst of all, I’m living in his house where every room is a former set, and he is beyond particular.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
We argue about Wilson. He’s more free-spirited than I’d like.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing Wilson. As a shade, his time with me is limited, and I fear the universe will yank him from me before I’ve been able to prepare him.
What makes you happy?
Helping my clients. I never know who’s going to knock or what mystery lies ahead.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I’d probably be younger, taller and twenty pounds lighter. But Nancy doesn’t seem to think so.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why? Denise! Denise is my landlady, client, star-struck wannabe actress, president of the Hugh Jackman fan club, and Wilson’s sister. She is also a psychic junkie, and has been visiting with me for years. It was Denise who decided after her brother passed, that I should live in Wilson’s house, and now she makes frequent unannounced visits.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
My calico cat Bossypants. She had way more than nine lives and comes and goes as she likes.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
When Nancy’s not writing, you can find her on Facebook or catching up with some of her other work like The Carol Childs Mysteries, or her story stories. Read more about her and her writing on her website.
What's next for you?
Like I said, psychics can’t read themselves, so...it’s a mystery.
The House on Hallowed Ground
A Misty Dawn Mystery, Book 1
When Misty Dawn, a former Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, moves into an old craftsman house she encounters the former owner, the recently deceased Hollywood set designer, Wilson Thorne. Wilson is unaware of his circumstances and when Misty explains the particulars of his limbo state—how he might help himself if he helps her—he’s is not at all happy.
That is until Zoey Chamberlain, a young actress, comes to Misty’s door for help. Zoey has recently purchased The Pink Mansion, a historic Hollywood Hills home, and believes it’s haunted. But when Misty arrives to search the house, it’s not a ghost she finds, but a dead body. The police are quick to suspect Zoey of murdering her best friend. Zoey maintains her innocence and fears her friend’s death may have been a result of the ghost...and a long-time family curse. Together Misty and Wilson must work to untangle the secrets of The Pink Mansion or submit to the powers of the family curse.