Meet #RRBC Spotlight Author Kim Cox

You guys have read my posts about the Rave Reviews Book Club before. This club is all about helping and promoting authors to new readers. This week the club’s Spotlight Author is Kim Cox. She’s here to tell us all about writing a Paranormal Mystery. Take it away, Kim.

Writing the Paranormal Mystery

What enticed me to write a paranormal mystery series? Why did I want to write a series about a psychic female private investigator who could communicate with ghosts? What contributed to my interest? I get ideas for writing from everywhere and everyone, but I never use specifics from the instances and persons around me. However, all things spark ideas for totally unrelated subjects.


A while back my husband and I were talking about cloning. Not sure where the conversation started, but we were wondering about how a soul comes into play in the overall scheme of this process. Does the cloned person even have a soul? Well, the what-ifs started and I have a futuristic, science fiction book on the back burner, meaning that I have an idea about one that I want to write. So, I added some thoughts about cloning to a file, and I’ve downloaded some books about cloning for research. Anyway, this is insight into how my mind works and where ideas can come from because of a simple conversation.

My reading passion has always included all types of mysteries, and since I started writing, I’ve wanted to write a series about a female sleuth, private investigator. As far as psychics and mediums, they fascinate me along with the ghosts they communicate with. I’ve heard numerous stories about ghosts from family and friends. I’ve come to believe that the state of Ohio is full of them. By the way, I would love to hear from others who live or have lived in Ohio about this.

I grew up watching “Shock Theater” for goodness sake. For those who don’t know, “Shock Theater” came on late nights on Friday in the 1960s and 1970s. These shows featured zombies, vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein, swamp monters, and probably other things I can’t remember right now.

I remember during one episode about zombies, my brother, David, had a large glass of milk and two or three banana sandwiches. I think he was around sixteen or seventeen at the time. We were watching this show where a man was running from the zombies saying, “Feet don’t fail me now,” and David laughed so hard that he spat milk and banana sandwich all over the floor. Tears were streaming from his eyes and he was rolling all over the furniture.

As a teenager, I had a friend who swore they had a ghost named Oscar (not sure if this was the name he gave them or a name they gave him, although, I believe it was the latter) living in their house. He would do odd things—move objects around or write on a steam-covered mirror in the bathroom but he was never mean or scary. Once, I remember hearing them say that Oscar may not be a man after all, because one night the entity climbed into bed my friend’s brother.

This friend lived in a small town in eastern North Carolina, but Oscar had followed or hopped a ride with them back from a place in Ohio where they’d lived during the summer. I don’t remember the name of the town or anything else about it.

Then there was my husband’s aunt who told me numerous ghost stories about houses she’d lived in near Dayton. She’d seen many apparitions over the years and for the life of me, I can’t remember any specific stories except one about her seeing this filmy, translucence spirit which seemed to be more of a residual haunting where the ghost went about their normal routine as if they were still alive.

All of these stories have fascinated me over the years and that fascination manifested itself into the stories in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series. Not any stories I’ve heard specifically but portions of things in them sparked ideas. I can only think of one specific thing I may have used and that’s the writing on the mirror in Get Out or Die. These stories have contributed in part to me wanting to write about ghosts, psychics, mediums, etc.

After my first book, “Haunted Hearts” was written, television shows such as “Ghost Whisperer” and “Medium” began to air and my interest only grew. I loved those shows and hated it when they stopped showing them.

The Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series


In the LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY SERIES, Lana Malloy is a psychic, private investigator who is on a mission to help the dearly departed even when they don’t realize they need help. With each book, Lana’s psychic abilities grow. As she’s pushed to new limits, she learns she’s capable of much more than she knew.

In book one, HAUNTED HEARTS, Lana sets out to solve her first case—the twenty-year old cold-case and double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé. If she succeeds, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts. With the help of the ghosts and a new love interest, she is able to find the murderer.

In book two, GET OUT OR DIE, the success of Lana’s first case has spread throughout the local Charleston area and her business is booming. At one pro-bono job, Lana helps a widow communicate with her late husband where she learns of a frightening new ability—an ability that could give the next spirit, an angry ghost, the upper hand if she’s not careful.

In book three, THE WEDDING CRASHER, Lana is on her honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee when she learns that a reoccurring vision about an abducted woman took place in nearby Knoxville. This case takes her hiking up mountainsides and trekking through rough terrain to find a madman before he can harm this young woman.

In the fourth book, CHRISTMAS CRUISE, Lana boards a cruise ship haunted by dead women who were brutally murdered. While aboard the ship Lana has an experience that mentally injures her. Once she recovers, she’s more determined than ever to find the murderer.

Coming up next, book five, HAUNTED BY HER PAST: Lana is faced with the task of helping, Jena, a domestic abuse victim to escape the ghost of her dead, abusive, ex-boyfriend.

Other Books Coming In This Series

In book six, DEMI’S SERIAL CASE, the town of Charlestonhas a serial killer and Demi requires Lana’s assistance. Demi is Lana’s best friend and a police detective. Lana helps Demi profile the killer who is believed to be a copy-cat killer (copying another serial killer’s modus operandi) of the man who has been in jail for about five years.

In book seven, DEATH COMES CALLING, Derek, Tony’s brother has moved back to Charleston after living in the middle east and Africa, treating serious injuries while associated with the organization, Doctors Without Borders. A ghost that died in his care begins to haunt him.

Book eight is of yet untitled, but the idea is that shortly after Demi is promoted to Police Captain, she will be involved in a shootout that leads to her being charged with murder. Lana will need to find the truth in order to save her friend. The problem, the dead spirit isn’t talking and he’s the only one that knows what truly happened.

About Kim





Kim Cox is an author of Paranormal, Mystery, Suspense and Romance. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chain saw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers–Scooter and Harley, and a Yorkie mix, Candi. Kim is published in novels, short stories and articles.

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Suspicious Minds

Betrayal, Revenge, and Hidden Identity

In the city of Boston lies a story of betrayal, revenge and hidden identity. Ryan Donatelli, posing as Thomas Randolph, sets out to avenge his sister’s death, even if it means using Sam Southard’s daughter to do it. After all, Ryan is sure Sam’s responsible.

Natalie Southard is determined to keep her family business out of the hands of known crime boss, Nick DeMarco. After her father is killed, Natalie and Ryan are forced to run for their lives. But, will they live long enough for their hearts to heal once everything is revealed?



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74 responses to “Meet #RRBC Spotlight Author Kim Cox

  1. Congratulations Kim. Lovely to hear about the things that influenced your ideas for books and your plans for future books. Have a great week!
    Great blog Craig.

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  2. I loved Medium, too. Excellent show! Thanks for giving us a peek into what inspired your books. The Oscar story is fascinating.

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  3. Loved the stories, Kim. Congratulations on your Spotlight week. You certainly deserve it. Thanks, Craig for hosting.

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  4. Ghosts are fascinating. They are a great topic to write about. I have yet to meet one, but it’s not too late until I become one. 🙂

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    • I love a good ghost story too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    • Thanks, Rebecca. I’ve never seen what I could call a ghost. I’ve seen shadows. For a while after my cat died, I would see a shadow near the floor, especially at the foot of my favorite chair where she loved to hang out. Then other times, something near a ceiling corner of my living room, I would think I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I would turn and then there would be nothing there.

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  5. I always enjoy books that blend elements of the supernatural with mystery and detective fiction. Very cool look at what inspired you to begin the Lana Malloy series, Kim!

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  6. Thank you, Craig, for having me on your blog today.

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  8. Fusion fiction always works for me and paranormal detectives are pretty entertaining. I can’t remember that we got Shock Theater in the UK in the 70’s, but we did have Randall & Hopkirk (deceased), which was a tongue in cheek detective show (Hopkirk was the ghost partner) and that was really fun. Lana’s on my TBR and I’ll be getting to her soonish! 😀

    Thanks for immacualte hosting as always Craig 🙂

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  9. Thanks C they say that you should write about what you know but I say write about what you are interested in

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  10. Congratulations, Kim! I love your Lana Malloy stories…she’s so much fun.

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  11. harmonykentonline

    Congratulations on being Spotlight author, Kim!! Great post and wonderful stories. Have a great time!, 😃

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  12. Great overview! I’ll definitely add them to my TBR list!

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  13. Great post, Kim! Keep shining… xo

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  14. Congratulations on your “SPOTLIGHT” Author week, Kim. I’m always up for a ghost story! Thanks for hosting, Craig – neat dinosaurs!

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  15. Gwen Plano

    Congratulations, Kim. You are amazing! I loved your blog — your books await me on my Kindle 🙂 . Craig, thank you for hosting Kim!

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  16. Congrats Kim, as you start your “Spotlight” Author tour. I have my own ghosts stories. I believe they exist, although, I’ve never seen one, but they do exist.:). Thank you Craig of hosting her.

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  17. I am SO happy that Kim Cox is the Spotlight Author! I cannot think of a person more deserving than she! Kim is always supporting other authors through her tweets and through her newsletters. I have read Haunted Hearts, and it was great! I have a few others downloaded and eventually I’ll get around to reading them.

    On another note, Craig, your wallpaper is awesome! Just needed to throw that in there. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Yvette! That’s so sweet of you to say. I finished “The One Discovered” and loved it. It is another review I need to write. I hope to get caught up on those this week. I have “The One Enlightened” on my kindle too. Can’t wait to read it.

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      • I am honored that you read my novel (and liked it…lol). 🙂 I have three more of yours downloaded and plan to read one of them as soon as I find time to finish Regina Morris’ book. I haven’t had much reading time lately, but summer is coming!!! (It felt like a #got moment there for a minute. lol!)

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      • I hear you. It is hard to find time to read. The only time I’ve found is break times during my day job. I read three times a day, 2 breaks and 1 lunch. It’s hard to put the book down sometimes but I force myself to get back to work. I like to do this because my job can be stressful and at times hectic. It helps me remove whatever is going on from my mind and focus on something I enjoy. It helps me to relieve the stress.

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  18. It’s fascinating where ideas and inspiration take birth! Congratulations on your “SPOTLIGHT” honors! I’m looking forward to every stop on your tour!

    Thank you for hosting, Craig!

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  19. It’s great to get to know you better Kim and to find out what inspires your writing. Thanks for hosting Craig:)

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  20. Great to see you in the Spotlight, Kim!

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  21. Fantastic post, Kim! So intriguing. I’m terrified of ghost stories. Terrified! But I really enjoyed Haunted Hearts. It’s such an enjoyable read. 🙂
    Thanks for the warm welcome, Craig. 🙂

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  22. Kim, the more I read about your books, the more I know I have to get and read at least one. Lol C. S., thanks so much for hosting. 😀

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  23. Kev

    Great post, Kim!

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  24. Great feature. I loved the story about your brother and the zombie movie. It’s always those every day memories of special moments that stick with us.

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