Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My full name is Pasqualino Pedronelli, but you can call me Pedro. I lived a hundred years ago in the tenements of New York City. Born into a large family of Italian immigrants, I was sickly most of the time. In fact, I died while still a young man. Yeah, that’s right – I’m dead. But don’t get the wrong idea -- I don’t lounge around on some cloud playing a harp. No, I keep busy, helping where I can. See, I’m what people these days call a spirit guide. Mostly, I work through a psychic named Gwen. She and I ‘connect,’ so to speak, to transfer messages between the living and the dead. It gives the grieving some comfort knowing their deceased loved ones are doing okay. And they always are.
What is your role in the story?
I’m the narrator, as well as the catalyst, for an adventure which happened on a cruise ship crossing the Pacific. Well, okay, it was more than your typical adventure. See, what really happened was -- I screwed up. Yeah, got too involved in the affairs of the living. And the result was what you would call ‘paranormal,’ in today’s lingo. Because the spirits of two cruise passengers ended up in my world. And at first, I wasn’t sure I could get them back inside their bodies! Then some other things happened which I wasn’t expecting, and those things were pretty scary. But hey, you should read it for yourself. I don’t want to prejudice you or nothing.
What is your favorite hobby?
Well, as a spirit guide, my hobby choices are pretty limited, if you know what I mean. But I do like helping Gwen bring comfort to people who’ve lost someone under difficult circumstances. Like when she went on that TV show and a guy in the audience – the father of a tyke who fell out a window – he was feeling so guilty over his son’s death. We helped him with that, so he could get back on track with his life. That’s about the best hobby you could have, don’t you think?
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
Hey, if I told you that I’d be ruining the story for you. I’ll just say this: the whole adventure began when a recently dead teenager desperately wanted to contact someone still living. Well, the kid kinda reminded me of myself at that age, and his story just about broke my heart. So I agreed to help. But that led to my fudging things a bit (which, by the way, is against a spirit guide’s code of ethics), and I ended up causing a whole lot of trouble. And let me tell you -- trying to undo the consequences, along with handling some additional dilemmas, was a huge challenge. Even for a spirit guide!
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Probably that you’ll read my story and understand a little more about my world. Because the clouds are not what you think.
Title: The Color of Clouds
Author: J.C. Whyte
Genre: Sci-Fi / Paranormal Mystery / Thriller
Pedro’s on a mission. But not your everyday, run-of-the-mill type mission. Because Pedro is dead.
That’s right. Dead.
Spirit guide Pedro normally busies himself with conveying messages from departed loved ones through a psychic named Gwen. But when he encounters a recently deceased teenager, the boy’s anguish just about breaks Pedro’s heart. So the spirit guide decides to try and help this boy. Yet meddling in the affairs of the living is a troublesome business, as Pedro soon discovers.
Nevertheless, he convinces Gwen to take an ocean voyage, and that’s when the trouble begins. Within days of leaving port, two passengers on the cruise ship fall into a mysterious coma. Gwen seeks Pedro’s help to restore these passengers, but natural as well as unnatural obstacles keep getting in the way. And by the time the ship docks in Honolulu, the still-living are flat out scrambling for their lives!
A playful blend of science fiction and the paranormal, The Color of Clouds offers a glimpse into the unseen world while taking the reader on an extraordinary ride. The adventure includes danger, mystery, humor, sweet romance and even a dash of thriller.
But the clouds are not what you think.
J.C. Whyte discovered her love for writing while still in elementary school, creating children’s stories. But as an adult, J.C. had to face the harsh reality that such writing seldom pays the bills. So she earned degrees in both Journalism and Communications, and then turned to Public Relations, where for ten years she focused her creative energies into feature writing.
After marriage, kids, several more degrees and occupations (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J. C. entered law school. While there, she became a columnist for the school newsletter and later, one of her humorous articles was even published in The National Jurist.
Graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few short years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she has returned to where her life’s calling began, beginning in 2013 with publication of her children’s book Karmack and now in 2015 with her first novel for adults, The Color of Clouds.