Today is the last day of our Back to School Spotlight – Young Adult edition. Ending on a spooky note, I give you a book series for the mature teen. I Was a Teenage Ghosthunter by Brian K. Henry is a fabulous little haunt of a book. I had a wonderful time reading and I hope you will too.

Caution: mild language, teenage drinking, and mild violence included.

I Was A Teenage Ghosthunter

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  • Title: I Was a Teenage Ghosthunter
  • Author: Brian K. Henry
  • Genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Pages: 265

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Moody sixteen-year-old barista Devin Mulwray is doing his best to ignore bizarre manifestations at his job in the chilly Northern California town of Arcata. Already teased about his recurrent ‘phase-outs’, the last thing he needs is to get pegged as a guy who sees ghosts. It doesn’t help his state of mind that his boss is a sarcastic slacker, his single dad is always on the road with clients and local occult fan girl Nayra is spreading ‘ghost boy’ rumors about him online.”

“But when violent paranormal activity badly spooks teens at an abandoned estate, Devin’s pushed into investigating by his eccentric friends Clive, a budding composer, and Rex, a tech-head excited by ghost hunting gadgetry. At first reluctant to get involved, Devin’s encouraged when Emily, one of the more empathetic girls at Grey Bluff High, is impressed with his daring.”

“Together the friends explore the creepy Rousten manor. But as the only person able to perceive the manifestations, Devin soon finds himself going one-on-one against a powerful spirit who attacks the locals and infiltrates Devin’s own dreams.”

“Devin must face his fear of confronting the spirit world and get to the bottom of the hauntings before the specter unleashes more havoc on him and his friends.”

“Cover art by Christopher Park of Plant Monster Studios “

I Was A Teenage Ghosthunter II

Back to School Spotlight - YA, I Was a Teenage Ghosthunter II cover.
  • Title: I Was A Teenage Ghosthunter II
  • Author: Brian K. Henry
  • Genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Pages 258

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Sophomore Devin Mulwray isn’t happy being known as the Ghost Boy at Grey Bluff High in Arcata, California. Since Devin’s dramatic encounters with the angry ghost of Rutherford Rousten, stories about his unique paranormal abilities have spread all over town.”

“Devin’s trying to get back to a normal life and cope with his new job at a trendy fashion shop when bizarre occurrences start happening all over again. A stuck-up girl at school starts behaving very strangely during a school rally, appearing to be under a demented trance. Devin finds himself again summoned to disturbing dead-of-the-night encounters with the resident spirit of the old Escamonde Hotel. And Grey Bluff High’s most enthusiastic paranormal expert, Nayra Montez, insists that Devin meet up with her enigmatic mentor, Dagmar Wiltschaft, to learn more about the occult.”

“Before Devin knows what’s happening, he and his two best friends, oddball musician Clive Welter-Manes and technology enthusiast Rex Hisakawa, are drawn into investigating ghostly manifestations at the expansive home of the wealthy Holster family. Devin’s girlfriend Emily starts wondering about all the time he’s spending with Nayra and Regina while Devin has his own questions about why Emily always seems to be talking about the handsome, multi-talented Joaquin Veracruz.”

“Devin has to deal with a creepy séance, a meeting with a forest phantom and a haunted Victorian lantern before he can get to the bottom of the strange circumstances around the Holster haunting.”

Back to School Spotlight – Young Adult – Author Interview: Brian K. Henry

Brian K. Henry

What is the inspiration for this book(s)?

I took a vacation to Northern California a few years ago and stayed at an old hotel in Arcata. The whole town had a very spooky, ‘caught in the past’ vibe and I thought it would be a great location for a ghost story. So I started from there.

How long did it take you to write this book(s)?

About two years. I wrote most of it in the evenings, after work.

What made you decide to be a writer of children’s/YA novels?

I always enjoyed reading mysteries that featured teen detectives or investigators when I was young, so I thought a teen ghost hunter would be a good spin on that idea.

Is your main character modeled from a real person? Who or why not?

I don’t usually model characters on real people. But the main character in this book, Devin Mulwray, has some of my personality characteristics, like being moody and a little cynical. But in other ways, he’s very different from me.

Just for fun, what is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Orange sorbet.

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