Paranormal October!Paranormal October continues on my blog and today I welcome author Lisa Kovanda. Lisa is a real life paranormal investigator who has seen lots of ghosts. Check out Lisa's description of the day in the life of a real ghost hunter. And make sure you enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post for a chance to win an audiobook copy of Lisa's book Flight Plan (as well as all the other prizes author's are giving away this month!). Enjoy :-D
Adventures of a Real Ghost Hunter
If you haven’t seen a television show or movie about ghost hunting, you must have spent the past decade in a coma, in which case, this post is the least of the things you need to catch up on. But, as a real-world paranormal investigator, I’d like to tell you how things in the trenches differ from what you see on TV or the big screen. The good, the bad, and the downright dirty truths.
First of all, they only skim over the tedious and sometimes backbreaking work of lugging equipment around—not to mention the fact that real-world paranormal teams aren’t handed the newest technology in exchange for promoting it on air—we pay out of our own pockets for that stuff, and none of it is cheap. My team specializes in private residences and businesses. Our goal is to help people who are afraid in their own homes.
Television shows make it look like it’s non-stop action, but that’s not how it usually goes. Paranormal investigation is usually 99% boring, and 1% “Holy crap, did that just happen??” They also don’t show the tedious hours in front of computers after each investigation reviewing video and audio footage. For every hour of recordings, it take up to three hours to thoroughly analyze the results. That’s for each device, so it adds up in a hurry. We spend a lot of our time looking for man-made causes for the client reports. It can be life-saving if we discover faulty wiring, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, or can attribute experiences to a crumbling foundation and house settling.
If you’re doing this for a thrill or entertainment, this is where I am going to suggest you find another hobby. Go on a haunted tour led by experienced investigators in you want to dabble, but if you get involved with true ghost hunting, you will run across real ghosts. No way around this, some people were assholes in life, and death does nothing to improve their personality. A few don’t know they’re dead. Others are fiercely protective of what they believe to be their property, and will do anything they can to get the current residents to leave. I’ve been hit, scratched, and forcibly thrown six feet across a room. There are also the exceptionally rare cases of inhuman entities like demons. In almost ten years, I’ve only been in one location where I even suspected something demonic, and that was determined by religious experts long before I arrived on the scene.
Yet I keep coming back for more. Why? The answer for me is simple. I lived in a haunted house long before ghost hunters were on every channel. I was terrified and thought I was losing my mind, and I don’t want anyone to go through that alone.
Here’s a link to my author page on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Kovanda/e/B008AR7I64
I’m a Nebraska girl, by way of Tehran. I’ve lived a lot of life, and the best is yet to come. I write because only writing keeps me sane. I am also a paranormal investigator and a student of life.
I write fiction and non-fiction books, stories, and screenplays. My works include urban fantasy, horror, paranormal, and historical. People in my life tend to find their way into my work, so consider yourself warned!
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