Ever drive by a creaky, old home and wonder what's going on inside?

Chad Lewis does, but he goes a step further, he investigates the possibility of a haunting, right here in Minnesota.

An author and paranormal investigator Lewis will be speaking at the Waconia and Norwood Young America libraries on Saturday, Sept. 27.

He will be at the Norwood Young America Library at 10:30 a.m. and at the Waconia Library at 1 p.m.  He is known for his research and road guides, and is the author of The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Location.  Call the libraries for some information:  Norwood Young America:  952-467-2665 or Waconia 952-442-4714.

Lewis recently took time to respond to a few ghostly questions concerning his most recent book.

Q&A conducted by Librarian Kathy Perschmann:

1.  What inspired you to do this work?

I was always interested in the weird and strange.  I grew up not too far from the famous Elmwood (Wisc.) UFO sightings and during high school I traveled there to investigate for myself.  While I was in college I started to research why some people believe in the paranormal while other do not.  I looked into human perception, belief systems, etc... and while I was presenting my research, people would approach me and ask if I could help them with their haunted house or help identify what they saw in the sky.

2.  Do you ever come across skeptics?  How do you deal with them?

A lot of skeptics come to the presentation believing that I am going to try and convince them of something.  I think they end up enjoying the fact that I try to present the best evidence and research that I can and allow the audience to make up their own mind.  It also helps that I am skeptical of many of the cases I investigate.  I think the presentation is set up for those who are not sure if they believe in the paranormal but are still curious and like to hear a good story.

3.  Where would someone learn about ghost huntings or haunted places (other than your books)?

There are a lot of websites that list paranormal places.  However, you have to be careful because many of them contain made up or embellished information.

With our website and books we try to present fact from fiction by providing the best history and research on a place as we can.  www.unexplainedresearch.com

4.  What was your favorite author or book when you were a child?

When I was a child I loved the "choose your own adventures" books.  The idea of having some control over where the character and story went really appealed to me.

5.  What book are you reading now?

Right now I am reading Struggles and Triumphs by P.T. Barnum.  He was the greatest showman ever so it is interesting to gain a better understanding of his life and times.