Ghosts & Carpet Sharks #1: Greywalker’s Kat Richardson [INTERVIEW]

Kat Richardson is the author of 8 Books in the Greywalker series.

Kat Richardson is the author of 8 Books in the Greywalker series.

Our readers have a lot of appreciation for the dark side of life and for the things that go bump in the night, so a number of them have already discovered Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series. Those of you who have not are missing out on a real treat in paranormal mystery! (Special thanks to my dear friend and closet Goth, Esther Howard, for pointing me in the right direction with this series!)

If you are new to the series, Greywalker chronicles the first-person perspective of Seattle Private Investigator, Harper Blaine. After a catastrophic assault left Harper dead for two minutes, she came back with the ability to see into the Grey: the spectral realm that is the home of apparitions, wraiths, broken fragments of time, and a deadly monster called the Guardian, who helps make sure the two worlds don’t intermingle (and, as it turns out, is Harper’s boss). Because she can see things no one else can, spirits and other invisible “residents “ of Seattle’s underworld often seek her out to solve mysteries for them or to seek resolution for things undone.

With the conclusion of her previous novel, Seawitch, Richardson’s lead protagonist has survived a vampire apocalypse that stretched over two continents, a zombie outbreak in Seattle’s Underground, the attack of Irish Sea Dogs on Puget Sound, a war of witches in the Olympic peninsula, the discovering and uniting with her soul mate, and, most terrifying of all for the luddite heroine, the acceptance of modern cellular technology.

Next month, Richardson will move on to her 8th novel in the series with Possession, and she has graciously agreed to take time out of her busy schedule to talk to us at DGM.

In this first of a five part series with Ms. Richardson, we’ll find a bit about the new book. As you find more about her and this world, I think you’ll want to come back to discover more about the mysteries of the Grewalkers and the delightful perspective of their mistress!

Introductory Comments.

First off, Kat, let me say that Seawitch was probably the best Harper Blaine novel I’ve read to date. It’s such a treat to see Harper finally at a place where the different parts of her life are in enough harmony that she’s got some stability, but where there’s plenty of tension for mystery and stories to come from.

I’m very pleased you think so. I always wanted to write a detective series, but the temptation is to write episodically “as if it were an 80s TV series” where there’s a new problem every week, but the essential situation and characters never really evolve. Or to go the other way and plunge into constant soap opera complications where the individual book’s plot is almost incidental to the long, angsty arc of the characters’ personal lives. Keeping the series interesting without either making the heroine into a superhero or putting her in a series of bad relationships to hold the tension level up has been… umm… challenging.

The New Book.

Obviously, I’m very excited about, Possession, that’s coming out next month. Why don’t you tell our readers a bit about it and what some of the things they can expect from Harper Blaine in the midst of it?

Oh boy! I’m kind of in love with this book “”but I usually am in love with the newest book. I kind of like putting Harper in the way of bigger trouble than she expects and forcing her to rise to the challenge. Possession is the eight book of the series and I found I was pining for more ghosts and I wanted to do something that was much more centered on traditional hauntings than any of the previous books had been. I’m also a huge history buff and I wanted to make sure this book was grounded in Seattle history “”because history is the best source for great ghost stories and horrible crimes.

I did want to interrupt you for just a minute comment a bit on that fact about you, Kat! I personally love how you conclude each book with your “confession “ about where you got your material and where you took “liberties. “ It’s wonderfully refreshing to see an author so honest and, being a history buff myself, as well as coming from Washington state, I love learning where you got the actual facts!! Now carry on with the upcoming book!

Well, thank you for that! Yes, well, since Harper is a detective, there had to be a crime of some kind or a threat of violence that was beyond the scope of the police. So, obviously, there have to be some very upset ghosts, a crime that the police can’t touch, and the threat of something really ghastly.

So Harper gets hired by a woman whose sister is in a persistent vegetative state (it’s a medical condition related to comas), but she appears to be possessed and is doing very strange things even though, medically speaking, she can’t do anything. And it turns out that the sister is not the only patient who’s manifesting old-fashioned séance phenomena like automatic writing and painting, ghostly writing and drawings that appear on the skin, levitation of objects, and apparently speaking in tongues. Also throwing stuff. At the same time, Harper’s mate, Quinton, is having some problems with his father, who’s up to no good with some ghosts himself. Of course the cases will collide and involve the ghost of Washington’s first serial killer, Linda Burfield Hazzard “”I didn’t make her up “”and a reappearance by the vampires, especially Carlos, a ton of ghosts around Pike Place Market, and Quinton’s dad’s twisted government project to “”oh, but that would be a spoiler!

I’m glad Carlos is coming back, as he’s my favorite Vampire necromancer in your series.

Duly noted! Anyhow, there will be séances! Vampires! Fights with monsters! Tunnels! Archeology! Sex! Serial killers! Haunted saloons! Forgotten gods! Hearse (yes, hearse) races! Murder! Villainous plots to kill thousands of people! Ferrets! Giant Ferris wheels! And a little bit of detecting stuff.

I hope there’s a giant ferret to go with the giant Ferris wheel. It does seem like it would fit nicely!

Alas, no. But maybe in a future story….

Ah, well! Despite the lack of a giant ferret, I find that I am very excited to get my hands on your new book! It’s sounds like it’s packed with lots of good fun supernatural mystery!

Thank you so much for coming in and sharing with us today. In our next interview, we’ll chat about your inspirations for the Greywalker series itself! Before we adjourn for today, would you mind sharing where our readers can find out more about Greywalker, Kat?

If your readers want to know more about Harper, they can always visit my own website or FaceBook page and I believe there’s a fan-maintained Wiki about the Greywalker series too.

Author: JT Hanke

J.T. Hanke is the founder and current editor-in-chief of DarkestGoth Magazine. Founded in 2012, DGM took a break from publishing at the height of the pandemic so that all the staff could work through their own issues, but was able to return in January of 2023.

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