Story & Photo by Kessley Miller
Telling stories always come naturally for author Lara Bernhardt. As a young child, she would make up bedtime tales for her younger siblings. This has now transformed into her passion for writing her newest book.
Bernhardt has evolved into a sought-after author of fictional paranormal books that have been praised by both award-winning authors and readers alike.
Bernhardt, Engineering and Science division office and classroom support assistant at Rose State wrote “The Wantland Files: The Haunting of Crescent Hotel,” which became available on Amazon Sept. 1. This is Bernhardt’s second book to be published from The Wantland Files series. Her first book was a finalist for the 2017 Oklahoma Book Awards for Best Fiction.
“I’ve always been a fan of ghost stories and fascinated with the idea of the paranormal,” Bernhardt said. “I really enjoyed watching Poltergeist from a young age, and later on I started to enjoy watching Ghostbusters and Insidious.”
According to Bernhardt, what the majority of people do not understand is how difficult the writing process can be. When she first started writing the book, she explained how she just sat down and started writing, which did not lead to her definition of optimal performance.
After a decade of professional writing, Bernhardt decided to start attending conferences, seminars and workshops roughly five years ago to improve her technical style.
This series is perfect for anyone who is looking to get in the Halloween spirit or interested in a light paranormal activity read.
All of Bernhardt’s books are available for purchase on Amazon.com for $3.99.
The 15th Street News is a student publication at Rose State College.