Happy Wednesday, everyone! As I’m sure y’all know, whenever I read a great book, I love running here to tell you guys about it. Well, today, we’re mixing it up a bit. I’m not just going to tell you about my most recent read – I had the pleasure of interviewing the author of the book!
Nina Post, the author of One Ghost Per Serving, was kind enough to sit down and answer a few of my questions.
Eric Snackerge has had a rough time lately. After being possessed by a mischievous spirit, he lost his scholarship and got blamed for a scandal that left him blacklisted from the legal profession. Now he’s working two minimum wage jobs and is desperate to show his wife and daughter that he can put his life back together — before his best-friend-turned-enemy swoops in and steals his family away.
When Eric learns about an unusual contest, he realizes that winning the grand prize will help him make his daughter’s dreams come true. But he’ll have to overcome his own self-doubt — not to mention the seemingly impossible odds — in order to achieve that goal.
However, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill sweepstakes. Everyone who eats the product develops an insatiable craving for more. Plus, the people behind the contest are dispatching everything from spy cameras to attack helicopters to make sure that Eric doesn’t get any further.
As Eric soon learns, the contest was only the first phase of a much larger plan. If the villains are successful, they will spread a dangerous supernatural pathogen throughout the food supply. But with distribution of the tainted products already underway, does Eric have what it takes to stop their plan and protect his family from being the next victims?
Hi Nina! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to interview you. You
just released your second book, One Ghost Per Serving, through
Curiosity Quills. Can you tell us a little bit about your inspiration
for the book? How did it unfold for you?
I’m thrilled to have the opportunity. Part of the inspiration for
Ghost sparked when our favorite brand of yogurt started running a
contest on the lids. I began keeping the lids in a drawer, but my
husband and I realized that despite the ridiculous number of yogurts
we bought on a monthly basis, at least one piece was always missing.
It seemed impossible to win even the most nominal prize.
Around the same time, I was reading about yokai, which are
supernatural creatures in Japanese mythology, some of which used to be
human or were inanimate objects that came to life after a certain
period of time. Many had specific roles or tasks, particularly in the
I also read that people who are most susceptible to spirit possession
(not that I necessarily believe in that) have low self-esteem. So I
put my character in a support group for Spirits, Sprites, Apparitions
and Disincarnate Essences, with the tagline “Do you want to stop
possessing humans with low self-esteem and get some self-esteem of
Your main character, Eric, has had a rough go at things thanks to his
ghostly companion. If you had to describe Eric in one word, what would
I would describe him as “self-doubting”. Sure, he lost eighteen months
of his life when he drank a free sample of POUNCE! and was possessed
by Rex, an unusually strong spirit. But his state at the beginning is
a result of not believing in himself or his abilities. He and Rex
develop a complicated possessor/possessee relationship, and Eric
doesn’t trust that Rex is actually his friend, even though he seeks
As a writer, I know that characters become near and dear to an
author’s heart. What was your favorite part about writing Eric?
My favorite part about writing Eric was putting him through the
ringer. He needed to face all of these obstacles during his quest to
win a seemingly impossible contest. Then, I could get him to a place
where he’s stronger, learns to trust his own gut (a probiotic pun),
and take charge of his own life.
Overall, which character was your favorite to write?
That’s a tough one to answer, because I really did have a lot of fun
writing every character. But I would say it was Taffy, the acerbic
twelve-year-old who’s afraid of nothing, totally comfortable with who
she is, and obsessed with food borne-pathogens and zoonotic diseases.
She’s the one Eric is going to all this trouble for.
You incorporate so much humor into the book, but are still able to
maintain the steady storyline. That can be a delicate balance, so your
ability to do so is pretty awesome. Do you have any comedic
inspirations? Any authors you look up to in general?
Thank you! I have many comedic inspirations, but I’ll list some I
haven’t mentioned elsewhere: I love Woody Allen (his humorous essays
were a big influence on me), The Office (original), This is Spinal
Tap, Gene Wilder, Eddie Izzard, Absolutely Fabulous.
As for authors, I admire pretty much any author who works hard and
treats people well.
Do you actually believe in ghosts, or just enjoy writing about them?
No, but “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are
dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Are there any new releases in 2012, or even 2013, that you’re dying to
get your hands on?
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but I can think of several. MR. REAL by
Carolyn Crane, AMERICAN ELSEWHERE by Robert Jackson Bennett, IN
SUNLIGHT AND IN SHADOW by Mark Helprin, LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis
Lehane, DODGER by Terry Pratchett.
And now, a few quickfires:
Favorite writing snack? When I’m writing, I usually stick to just
coffee or gum, but I also like Granny Smith apples.
Favorite TV show? Pete & Pete.
Favorite movie? The Wizard of Oz.
One person that makes you laugh until you cry? My husband!
Jelly Beans or Jelly Bellies (and yes, there’s totally a right
answer)? Jelly Belly. They have a flavor enhancing process that my
candy-making character Taffy would respect.
Once again, thanks so much for allowing me to interview you, Nina. One Ghost Per Serving is now available, and can be picked up at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Also, if you visit the book’s Goodreads page, Nina is having a giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a copy!
Nina Post is a fiction writer who lives in downtown Chicago. She is the author of ONE GHOST PER SERVING and THE LAST CONDO BOARD OF THE APOCALYPSE, both from Curiosity Quills Press. Her very early cultural influences include Steve Martin’s comedy albums, Chuck Jones, and MAD magazine. She likes spending time with her husband, reading, running, and information gathering.