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I grew up in India in an old family house in Thousand Lights, named for a mosque in the heart of Madras (now called Chennai).
My mother believed the house was haunted, and spoke of the ghost of a long-haired woman in the dining-room. She also said a ghost walked on the terrace at night, and it is true our dogs howled up there in an eerie way sometimes.
I didn't see these ghosts myself, but they stayed in my psyche, and perhaps it was inevitable that one day I would write about them.
I wrote of the ghost on the terrace in Esther, one of the short stories in TEMPORARY LIVES. The house entered the title story, where I explored the inner life of a woman based partially on my grandmother, who lived much of her married life there.
Please drop in at my website www.ramolad.com to find out more about TEMPORARY LIVES, and to read an excerpt from Esther. And to win one of 5 copies of the book, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your own real-life ghost story!
Ramola D, author of TEMPORARY LIVES
Winner of the AWP 2008 Grace Paley Prize in Fiction