I think mostly in the way she handles stress and new experiences: Emma makes snarky comments—mostly in her head—and then processes the new challenge and moves forward.
If you could communicate with the ghost of one person, who would it be and why?
My grandmother, who I was really close to. I'd love for her to meet my son and she'd be so proud that I became an author.
Why did you decide to set the novel in New England?
Because of New England’s cold weather and historical houses that look like they're filled with ghosts.
Did you put any of your personal experiences/bits of people you know in real life into the novel?
The novel takes place in Echo Point, which is a fictionalized version of Marblehead, Mass., where I was born. And the house she lives in is inspired by the Pierce-Nichols house in Salem. I've always wanted to write about this house, because I'm descended from the Nichols part of the family. I grew up in California, but went to college in Massachusetts, so Emma's feelings about that transition definitely echo my own.
If you could travel to one place in the world, where would you go?
I'm dying to go to Italy. Just not sure when it's going to happen.
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