Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
Keep at it, Mary. Find out everything that you can about the house and its inhabitants. Definitely, write what you know, but be careful not to offend with direct references to real names and such. The book that I've signed a contract for is about my encounters with spirits in funeral homes that I've worked in. I tell about my "bumps in the night", so to speak, without naming any real names of the spirits. I've had a mess of encounters and some of them had quite the attitude - LOL - so, I know what you mean. They can definitely be a handful. I've also changed the names of the funeral homes, too, but with the permission of the owner of the house you may just be able to keep the location accurate, unless they don't want to be hassled by ghost-hunters and thrill-seekers, which can be a real pain.
I only let 3 people know about my book to keep that very thing of "are you done yet?" out of the conversation. I only let others know about it after I'd finally signed that contract. Of course, you can't go back and undo telling them that you've started working on a book about the house, BUT... you may want to keep like a little journal of the work that you do - time spent at studying obit records, house documents, any interviews that you do, etc. - and just whip that little journal out when someone asks that question. Include the length of time you spend on research and writing, too, because that should/may make them see how really hard you are working on your project.
I love old houses and their histories, as well as the history of the people who used to live in them. They do tend to revisit once they've gone into spirit. Hang in there and keep having fun even though I know that sometimes getting info can be frustrating. I'm thinking good thoughts for you.