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Claire Gem book talk, signing

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 2:00pm

Local author launches debut ghost story

“A history professor in a tweed jacket, a cheeky Goth chick, and a pipe-smoking, book-hurling ghost. Put them all together in an antiquated library and…well...”

WEBSTER, MA, December 22, 2015— Writing under the pseudonym Claire Gem, local resident Frances Susanne Brown of WEBSTER will be doing a book talk and signing for her debut paranormal romance, Phantom Traces at Booklovers' Gourmet, located at 55 East Main Street in Webster, MA on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at 2 p.m. For more information about the author visit or

Brown, who graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge with her MFA in 2012, is the award-winning author of three novels and her memoir, “Maternal Threads” published earlier this spring. Her second novel, “Memories of You,” will be released early 2016 from Lachesis Publishing. Brown’s women’s fiction, “The Phoenix Syndrome” recently won first place in First Coast Romance Writers The Beacon Contest.

Set in the fictional town of Caldwell, N.C., Phantom Traces is the contemporary story of Abigail Stryker, a young librarian struggling to revive the antiquated and reportedly haunted Harvey Library. A pipe-smoking ghost has suddenly begun hurling books at anyone he doesn’t like, and if the haunting isn’t stopped, the library will be shut down. Abby enlists the help of history professor Jack Wood to figure out what has stirred the spirit of the library’s founder, and why he’s still trapped within its walls after over 100 years. In so doing, they uncover a tragic, 19th century tale of enduring love, in the process discovering one of their own.

Addressing the themes of May-September romance and the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s, Phantom Traces combines a modern love story, a historical tragedy, and a spooky paranormal in a multilayered, fast-paced plot guaranteed to take the reader on an emotional ride.

As Claire Gem, Brown turns the paranormal genre on its ear by combining the elements of the Gothic ghost story, mystery/thriller, and contemporary romance into a genre she call The New Gothic.