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Wednesday Writer Spotlight – Kay LaLone

Well, another week has gone by and the sun is finally shining. Join me today in welcoming Kay LaLone, author of Ghostly Clues, published by MuseItUp Publishing.

Kay lives in Michigan with her husband and a teenage son (two older sons live nearby). She has two dogs and a cat.  She loves writing about ghosts and the paranormal. An avid reader, Kay will read just about anything and posts reviews on her website.

Here’s a blurb about Ghostly Clues:

The sweet scent of lilacs permeates the air around Grandma’s gravesite. Only Sarah Kay can smell Grandma’s favorite flower, and they’re not even in bloom.

Sarah Kay and her best friend, Mary Jane, believe the lilacs are a sign from Grandma’s ghost. The girls follow one ghostly clue after another, uncovering a secret that Mom never wanted Sarah Kay to know.

Grandma makes sure Sarah Kay gets the message even from the grave. As the evidence piles up, Mom still refuses to accept the possibility Sarah Kay’s father is alive.

Sarah Kay finds Dad’s parents. A set of grandparents she didn’t realize existed. They make it clear her father is alive but days and miles separate the father and daughter reunion because Dad is a truck driver on a long haul.

Sarah Kay waits. The news reports a fatal car accident involving a semi and Sarah Kay fears the worse. She runs away which leads to Dad and the truth, Mom wanted Dad to remain dead.

Dad had faked his death so why not just stay dead.  The ghostly clues of Grandma wouldn’t allow Dad to remain dead to Sarah Kay.

And now I’d like to ask Kay some questions and have her share with us her responses. Thanks for coming today Kay.

GO: Does writing help better you as a person? How?

KL: I think so. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I think if you have a passion for something, it is something that you are meant to do. If you don’t do what you are meant to do, than you become an unhappy person.

GO: What advice can you give a new author?

KL: Try to find time to work on your next project. As a new author myself, I find that hard to do. I never thought a writer’s life would be so busy with promoting, blogging, and trying to connect with your readers. Sometimes i forget I need to find time to write.

GO: How has networking both online and offline, played a part in your advancement as a writer?

KL: Networking is great. Through networking I’m able to connect with my readers as well as other writers. Writing can be a lonesome job, but networking helps me make friends and learn from other writers.

GO: All good stories originate somewhere. How did this one start?

KL: When I was Sarah Kay’s age, my main character in Ghostly Clues, my grandmother passed away. One night I saw a ghost hand crawl up my bed and take a doll off the bed. I believe it was a visit from my grandma. Now I’m not saying my grandmother was a ghost, but I always thought that would be kind of cool if she was. So that is how Ghostly Clues started.

GO: Can you share your most frightening nightmare with us?

KL: Besides seeing a ghost hand? But I don’t consider that a nightmare. I don’t have nightmares very often, but I remember one I had just the other night. It was about a ghost boy. I don’t know who this boy was and I don’t remember what he looked like. All I remember is that he was running up the stairs. When I woke up, it left me with a frightened feeling. I don’t know why. I’m thinking about using this ghost boy in a story. I’m just waiting for him to visit me again.

GO: Where did you begin your research? What sources were of most benefit to you? And did you do all the research yourself, or did you have any assistance?

KL: I don’t think I did any research when I was writing Ghostly Clues. In the past, I’ve done research on ghosts. I usually like to do research on the internet.

GO: If you were not writing would you return to your previous career, start a new one, and what would that be?

KL: Writing is the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do. I’ve had other jobs. Currently I’m a stay-at-home mom who likes to sell on ebay and at the flea market. I also blog and do book reviews. Writing is my career.

GO: What do you enjoy the most, and the least about writing as a profession?

KL: The thing I enjoy the most about writing as a profession is sitting at the computer and just writing without any interruptions, to just let the story flow out of me. (which doesn’t happen very often) My least favorite is revising. I never seem to know when to stop revising.

GO: Are there any books you’ve read in the past six months that you’d recommend to my readers?

KL: I love to read. Most of the books I have read in the past six months I would recommend. I post book reviews on my website http://kaylalone.weebly.com and on my blog http://kaylalone.blogspot.com if you want to check out the books I have read.

GO: Can you tell us anything about your next project?

KL: I have several projects in the works right now. But I have sent a manuscript to MuseItUp. Family Secret about a boy who discovers secrets that could put him in danger. This story has witches, demons, and ghosts in it.

To learn more about Kay or to purchase her book visit the following links:

Website: kaylalone.weebly.com
Blog: kaylalone.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ghostlyclues
Twitter: twitter.com/kaylalone

Ghostly Clues at MuseItUp Bookstore
Ghostly Clues at Barnes & Noble

Do you believe in ghosts? Leave your comments below.

That’s it for today. See you soon.

Gloria

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