Saturday March 02, 2012
Karen Vance Hammond
Tonight's guest was paranormal thriller author
Karen Vance Hammond,
her fortieth interview since her book
Karen spoke of her rather gruelling, early years with varied learning disabilities.
She was adopted from birth, with an ear disfigurment, curving her ear to his cheek
At around two years her adoptive parents discovered she had learning disabilities, not reacting to her name, and a seeming reluctance even to vocalize.
When she did begin to vocalize it was close to aphasiac.
When she tried reading she was extremely dyslexic.
Karen detailed the heart-rending history of her youth.
After extensive testing, she was accepted into the
University of the Ozarks
Clarksville, Arkansas and
The Jones Learning Center
from which Karen graduated
with a double major in psychology and sociology.
She also related her experience winning
Miss University of the Ozarks
and went on to the Miss Arkansas Pageant where she was one of the top ten in the talent competition, singing.
Her initial goal was to work in geriatrics, as such were very loving and accepting.
When living in Maine for a time, she made money as a baby-sitting.
she was at a 19th century building, and she was actually warned ahead of time about paranormal activity.
She didn't believe in it, but within minutes of their exit, Karen could hear footsteps.
told her "He's here."
A bottle fell but didn't break, it just spun wildly in place.
At first when she departed she felt she would never return, but her fascination overrode her fear and brought her back.
Living in Texas she befriended
at which the
book true story is based.
It took Karen two years to write it, both never having written a book, and making sure the facts were accurate, and that due to her disability, using
Karen detailed the background of the family moving in and the substantial activity and the terrifying escalation thereof.
Since Shoe Marks has come out, and made #1 best-seller, she's been contacted by film makers and screen writers and about possibly adapting it into a motion picture.
She also clarified she's a paranormal investigator, currently associated with
Houston Paranormal Research Team.
With the success of her book, she's been nominated for several paranormal awards.
Barbara reported that tonight we had listeners in the US, Canada, England and Finland.
She has been co-working with
(who was our guest
two week's earlier).
Karen has other two upcoming novels
(court drama, mystery, paranormal and romance),
The Monastery Murders
and its sequel
as well as currently writing
The Cross Roads Trilogy,
and has started her own biography entitled
Whilest writing Shoe Marks she felt like she was being touched, observed, etc.; the thrill of the writing process and being the captain of the ship just draws her, and she was thereby hooked to be and remain a writer.
Without even being prompted, Karen provided
information, and her being on
I gave out the show's various page locations
(my hub page,
that we're findable
on which is her graphic novel; and the information on her friends'
Relay for life Indiana Ghost Trackers Southeast Central Chapter team
event link, as I added to a few of the previous weeks' editions, indicating a "hunt for cancer cure,"
the fact the
cure for cancer exists
Henry reported that our subsequent week's guest would be
2013: The End of Days or a New Beginning.