Kathryn Knutson has always been intrigued by ghost stories, even as a young child.
Knutson, who teaches speech pathology at Bert Raney Elementary School in Granite Falls, recently had her first novel, "The Possession of Cassie Quinn," published.
The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and at BookWorld in Willmar.
Knutson said that she would write ghost stories, and she actually started writing a bit of what was to become "The Possession of Cassie Quinn" when she was 13.
"I was always reading and writing them (ghost stories)," Knutson said.
So when she decided to sit down and flesh out the rest of the book years later, Knutson said she recalled those two chapters, which is detailed in the dedication page of "The Possession of Cassie Quinn."
"The Possession of Cassie Quinn" is about a 17-year-old girl who moves into a house out in the country and has a step-sister who is a year younger.
"I actually based the location of the house (on one) that I did live in for four to five months," Knutson said. "I just liked the setting." She said the house is located by Little Falls, and St. Cloud is also mentioned in the book.
According to the book's description on Amazon, the 17-year-old girl, Cassie, never believed in ghosts and now she is receiving strange messages, telling her to stay out of the woods.
Knutson had taken some classes on writing and publishing through St. Cloud community education. That's where she met someone who worked with North Star Press, a publishing company from St. Cloud.
Knutson showed her writing to the representative from the company.
"And she liked it," Knutson said. "The Possession of Cassie Quinn" was published by North Star Press and came out in October of last year.
Knutson said she is currently working on three different stories at the same time, one being a middle school level book about two brothers, another is a young adult novel about a girl spending the summer in Costa Rica, a place she taught at, and the third is a sequel to "The Possession of Cassie Quinn."
"I kind of left the ending hanging, I didn't intend to write a sequel," she said. Knutson said she's aiming to have the sequel published by May or June of next year.
Knutson said writing isn't too difficult for her.
"It comes pretty easily, I haven't gotten writer's block yet," Knutson said.
Knutson has started doing writing workshops, including one that was earlier this week at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. She's also heading up a writing club for teens in the St. Cloud area.
For beginning writers, Knutson advises to "definitely read a lot, especially the type of books you want to write."
"And try to take some sort of class, and have someone else read your work," she said.