Saturday, September 25, 2010

Welcome Scott Nicholson!!! Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway Extravaganza!

Digger Wilson’s Paranormal Investigation Team
By Scott Nicholson

A lot of host bloggers for the Kindle Giveaway Blog Tour have been interested in my
experiences in paranormal investigation and how I used them in Speed Dating with the

I don’t want to overdo the topic, but today’s host Shari put an interesting spin on it by
asking “If you, Scott, were actually Wayne ‘Digger’ Wilson and you were hiring your
own "SSI" team what kind of interview would potential applicants experience?”

It would depend on my ghost hunting goals, of course. If I were a serious investigator, I
would want tech experts, a person with a vast knowledge of building construction, and
someone with video and audio recording skills. But Wayne isn’t that serious, because
his main interest is paranormal conferences. He has curiosity but he also recognizes
paranormal tourism is part showmanship and entertainment.

The interview would be skewed based on what role the applicant would fulfill on the
team, because Wayne needs a few people who can impress attendees with the latest
gizmos, and he also needs one or two Sensitives who can infect people with their belief
in ghosts. Of course, he’d also want a couple of metaphysical drama queens as well, to
provide spark and a certain unpredictability.

But let’s assume Wayne just wants a general type of hunt leader, someone who has a
little experience beyond just watching “TAPS” reruns. Here’s how it would go down:

DIGGER: So, what caused your interest in the paranormal?
APPLICANT: When I was ten, my grandmother died, and that night she came to the foot
of my bed and told me everything was okay.

DIGGER: Really? That would have freaked me out.
APPLICANT: It runs in the family. Everybody’s seen Uncle Floyd’s ghost, too. We don’t
talk about it much, but it’s not off limits, either.

DIGGER: So you’ve already made up your mind about the existence of an afterlife?
APPLICANT: I believe in it, but I also want proof.

DIGGER: Why is it so important that you make others believe? Isn’t your own faith good
APPLICANT: The more people understand, the more seriously people will take our

DIGGER: You can’t be serious. Are you serious?
APPLICANT: I thought you were serious, too.

DIGGER: Sure, sure. As you know, we break up into groups of six or eight for each hunt.
Can you lead a group like that?

APPLICANT: Yes. We have a little team back home and we go out once a month for an

DIGGER: We don’t have time for that. This is speed dating with the dead. Tight
schedule, fifty minutes for each location, ten minutes to rotate and set up. Every guest
gets at least one hunt with whichever para-celeb we fly in for the conference.
APPLICANT: That doesn’t sound very scientific.

DIGGER: You’re a tour guide for paranormal tourists. That’s what we do. Now,
hypothetical situation. Someone on your hunt freaks out in the dark, makes a run for it,
knocking over equipment. How do you handle it?
APPLICANT: I turn on the lights?

DIGGER: Wrong. You yell, “Oh, my God, what was THAT?” Then wait for everyone to
panic and flee. Then slowly back out of the room, holding your flashlight. It’ll become
the most popular hunt site of the conference.
APPLICANT: That sounds a little phony.

DIGGER: Listen. People don’t want the truth. Have you ever told anybody the truth
about themselves?
DIGGER: And they didn’t want to hear it, right?
APPLICANT: I suppose.
DIGGER: I’ve been doing this awhile. And I’ve learned people only want to have their
own beliefs affirmed. Nobody’s objective in this field. If you already believe in ghosts,
we’re here to give you ghosts. If you don’t, you’re probably not at the conference
APPLICANT: So you’re playing to the crowd?
DIGGER: Nobody has any answers. All we can do is ask more questions.
APPLICANT: I don’t think I want this job.

DIGGER: You’ll be perfect. We’ve already got a whiz kid, a tech guy, a demonologist,
and a skeptic. We need somebody like you, one of those sincere types.
APPLICANT: Do I get a black jumpsuit?

DIGGER: Sure. And I’ll even cut you in on T-shirt sales. One last question.
DIGGER: Do you by any chance speak in tongues?

Scott Nicholson is author of The Skull Ring, Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy,
and nine other novels, five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. A
journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he often
uses local legends in his work. This tour is sponsored by Amazon, Kindle Nation Daily,
and Dellaster Design.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel
free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all

the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the
tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free ebooks to a follower of “hauntedcomputer”
on Twitter. And, hey, buy my books and put me in the Top 100 and I’ll throw in
another random Kindle 3 giveaway. Thanks for playing. Complete details at http://

Good Luck everyone!!!
Thank you so much Scott for including me in your fantastic blog tour.  It's been a blast!


  1. LOL - great "interview" process there.
    Follow Scott around another day.

    calseeor (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Very good post

  3. Very creative post Scott. You crack me up!

  4. Typical Digger. That was good!

  5. Scott, I joined the Ghost research Society about 20 years ago (#007!) but have let my membership lapse. Can I still join Digger's next team?

  6. HaHa. That interview was really funny!

  7. This interview is a riot. I think ghost hunting is a bunch of (fascinating) BS, but I would seriously consider taking part in one if Scott organizes it. I could start to speak in Swiss German tongues - that would freak everyone out, believe me!
    Great post and beautiful blog!

  8. Hilarious. Got to get that one and read it. Scott rocks. No don't through a rock at Scott. Put that down. No. No. That's gonna leave a mark. Lol. Reg

  9. Thought provoking. The author as his character creation doing an interview. Love the idea! And of course it came out great!



  10. Entertaining interview!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  11. Count me in for the interview? ;)
    You can reach me at

  12. I'm with Christa. Don't believe in it, but would love to attend. I might be a skeptic, but I am not without an imagination and a healthy suspension of disbelief--I used to watch pro wrestling, after all. :)


  13. Wonderful Post! Great read.


    tztomfromcali _ at _ gmail _ com

  14. Okay, now that was hilarious!

    candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

  15. Great Giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  16. Haha great post! Thanks for the giveaway!


  17. Great post!! Enter me.

    monacart32 at hotmail dot com

  18. Stalking around...

    mayarend -at-

  19. Very funny Scott, and thanks for giving me another great blog to check out.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  20. I want a black jumpsuit, too! lol

    inannajourney at

  21. sorry comment short. hand wrapped. hard to type.

  22. Ha, good stuff


  23. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  24. Day #25 and I am still stalking these post :D


    Also don't forget to check out my amazing giveaways located at the top of my blog posts.

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  25. A black jumpsuit? Way cool!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  26. I love this "interview"! Very funny. :)

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. thanks for the tour

    web at

  28. Yep, that's about the way it would go with Digger. Great book.
    Gail in Florida
    cowgirl3000 at gmail dot com

  29. Can't wait for Diggers' own reality show on TruTV. Make sure the applicant can pass a drug test!

    Scott, too!

  30. Enjoyed how you described the various personality types. Bottom line, though, I guess they would all go for the black jumpsuit. varbonoff22 at cox dot net

  31. Haven't lost me yet.


  32. Ah, those coveted black jumpsuits... It sort of reminds me of the other jumpsuit you were wearing for a while --- those orange ones? Remember, from when you were in prison? Good times, eh? Of course, orange was never a good color for you. Try as you might, you could never get them to give you another outfit---not even one of those old-fashioned striped jobs. Sigh... The things you've had to sacrifice for your "art"--privacy, dignity, a sense of fashion, and your "male innocence"--several times! (Earl and the guys from the chain gang send their love!) All of that jail time just because your scandalous first book--The Kama Goatra.

    I was ever so glad when you came to your senses (something that rarely happens), burned all copies of The Kama Goatra and turned your hand at writing horror instead exotic love manuals for farm animals and their keepers!


  33. awesome! sooooo cool! thanks!

  34. this was hilarious! well done!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  35. Thanks for the entertaining interview! I would have to be hired as the skeptic, I'm the eye-roller when I read about ghost hunting.

    BTW, I finally got to start The Red Church - creepy! It's the first "horror" book I've read, not really my thing and I could do without the disgusting descriptions of things like vomit, but the story is good so far.

    Thanks for expanding my genre reading.


  36. Hah, great interview. Would definitely be an interesting job to say the least.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  37. Please include me.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  38. Loved the post, had my laugh for today, thanks. :)

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

  39. Are you planning to write another book with the characters from "Speed Dating with the Dead"?

  40. Fun post and great artwork.

    Wakincade AT gmail DOT com

  41. I would LOVE a Kindle DX. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :)

    P.S. Click on my name for my contact info. ;)

  42. Hey, Scott, if you really were starting an agency, I'd apply!


  43. Okay, I was laughing out loud at this "interview". Great job!


  44. ROFL...what does that mean? Great interview and jumpsuit, lol.
    Great giveaway too, thanks.

  45. Keep'em coming, Scott!


  46. I can't believe all the new sites you're leading us to.

  47. Another great one!

    sailorwind at gmail dot com

  48. Can I apply, I have limited knowledge in building construction and little to no knowledge in audio and video recording but I"m a fast learner? :)
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  49. Tried to leave a comment already, Sorry if you get two.
    Jeff White

  50. Very interesting interview! The paranormal interests me, although I'm sure I'd go into cardiac arrest if I actually did see a ghost. Thanks.

  51. LOL That was so funny.Can't wait to read more of your interviews along the way.

  52. very fun read today.


  53. Hehe, this makes me want to read the book.

  54. Still stalking...

  55. I used to want to try my had at "ghost hunting." Now, I don't think I have the time nor patience to do it. :P


  56. I never realized that puting together a team was so complicated. *LOL*


  57. What a fantastic way to get people aware of your name and your books! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  58. Wow, following this tour, I am finding so may great blogs!
    troublelore @ gmail .com

  59. Thanks for being involved.
    Love finding new blogs.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  60. Too funny!

    Digger is hilarious... It makes me want to read the book!

  61. Well, the serious hunters I know spend a lot of time on equipment and research and training. Digger doesn't have time for that! Really, in this biz, no experience is necessary. After all, what can you say are qualifications?

    There will be more on the "real" Digger, the one I play in the comic book--who is loosely based on me (and looks like me) and also inspired Digger Wilson. Are we confused yet? I sure am.


  62. Great interview!

  63. This was the first good laugh I've had in days. I had to share it with my wife who does watch TAPS. She appreciated it even more than I did.

    Okay, forget waiting for the revised ebook version of The Harvest (which I've been waiting for with fetid breath) I want Speed Dating with the Dead. Now.

    Thanks for the chance to win,
    Greg the Undead Rat

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

  64. Now that was a great interview, Scott.

    Twitter: MachineTrooper
    machinetrooper at gmail dot com

  65. Put me down for the Kindle, please.


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  66. Great fun!

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  67. Awesome interview!
    teawench at gmail dot come

  68. You really must have boundless energy to keep up with this Blog Tour... I must say I am finding the interviews to be very interesting.

  69. This was very fun!


  70. Another fun interview. Following your tour.
    Sue B

  71. Thanks!

    Emily ebdye1(at)gmail(dot)com

  72. This interview makes me chuckle. Thanks.
    bmcbroom at gmail dot com

  73. good post.

    adampolak (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  74. Love discovering these blogs!!! :) Thanks and thanks for the chance to win a Kindle! ;) Hope, hoping!!

    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  76. Good luck reaching the top 100!! ... no, seriously, all the best.

    jerry at jerrygilreath dot com
    or jerry.gilreath at gmail dot com

  77. That as a good one Scott. Thanks for the chuckle.


  78. Very cute interview. :)

    conrad.jd (at) gmail (dot) com

  79. Wow, interesting.


  80. Good Luck in reaching your goal. I am still following you.
    Thanks for the awesome blog hoping you have been doing. Found so many great blogs to follow.

    Hope I win the Kindle..

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  81. I can totally imagine that interview being exactly how it would go down.


  82. thanks everyone, comments here capped at 84 (minus me and any duplicates, of course!)

    Thanks for hosting, Shari, and everyone come back often and follow future tour stops.

    And plug The Red Church--really close to doubling your chances of winning a Kindle 3!

    Scott Nicholson

  83. Wonderful idea!


  84. this is a great idea!

    i.pearson(at)comcast (dot)net


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