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October 11, 2013

Norman author’s newest novel a paranormal murder mystery

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The story, set in Cambridge, England, at the turn of the 20th century, follows three teenagers running from their shadowed pasts who take refuge within the walls of Summerfield College. The three join forces to solve a murder after it’s made clear there is something paranormal at play.

Gensler said her goal with “The Dark Between” is quite simply to entertain readers.

“I’m not trying to preach, I just want to have somebody be wrapped up in the story and be entertained,” she said. “At the same time, I think a writer wants to open new worlds to readers and say, maybe you’ve never wanted to go here before, but this is a really cool place and come visit it for a while.”

Finding inspiration for stories like “The Dark Between” comes naturally for Gensler whose imagination has always been sparked by literature, history and old ghost stories. Among her favorite topics are women in the 19th century — which explains the central characters of her two published novels. Gensler said she is fascinated with the often oppressed role women throughout history were forced to play in society. She enjoys playing with these social gender role stereotypes in her novels.

“I like to imagine situations where girls have to solve problems and maybe not save the world but take matters into their own hands and solve a mystery and triumph in the end — use their brains,” she said.

Assembling a story is no simple task for Gensler who plans and researches extensively to complete her stories. Gensler travels to research on location, reads plenty of books and of course, does her share of surfing the web.

“I do a lot of Google image searches and a lot of Google ‘what-if’ kind of searches. Including things as weird as, ‘What’s the rate of decay of a human body if left in a cool, enclosed area?’ The kind of things where if someone was looking at your Google search they’d think you were Dexter or something,” she said, laughing, referring to the crime drama TV show “Dexter.”

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