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Interview with Amelia Cotter

This is an extended version of our interview with Amelia Cotter that we featured in the May 2010 issue of the Legends and Lore of Illinois. Download the entire issue by clicking here.

Amelia Cotter is a writer, author, and translator. Her works range from the novella, “This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost” to a children’s series, “The Adventures of Oskar and Atticus.” She loves animals and lives with her dog, Oskar, and her snake, Atticus in Chicago, Illinois. Her hometown is Bel Air, Maryland. www.thishousebook.net

The subtitle of your book is “The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost”; is it based on your own personal experiences?

Yes, “This House” is based on my adventures in an abandoned haunted house when I was a child. The main character, Nora, is a teenager in the book, because in many ways this is more accessible and easier to handle for readers than the musings of a little girl who, in a way, becomes infatuated with an adult male ghost. I was 11 at the time most of this occured. The house, known as “Walter’s House” and named for the ghost who allegedly haunted it, was part of My Lady’s Manor in Baltimore County, Maryland, a large plot of land founded in 1713 by Charles Calvert, the Third Lord Baltimore, for his wife.

The property is very interesting because it spans many acres, but there was a row of abandoned houses, an occupied house, and a busy restaurant (the Manor Tavern) that all stood in a line close to the road. A virtual playground for a young ghost hunter. My dad worked at the Manor Tavern and my mom would supervise as I explored Walter’s House. It was mostly safe. Mostly.

Read the entire interview here!

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