by Lindsey R. Loucks
Crescent Moon Press
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, October 18, 2013.
About the book:
Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did.
While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.
She should have listened.
Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.
With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title. I was nearing the end of my first novel, a YA Sci-Fi, when The Grave Winner leaped into my head. I wondered where in the world it came from. Then I wondered why anyone would win a grave. Is that something you would want to win? Leigh, my main character, shouted in my ear a definitive no. She proceeded to tell me why winning a grave is a very, very bad thing.
2) Tell us about your experience in high school. Were you writing then, or doing something else?
I wrote constantly in high school, mostly when I should have been paying attention in class. I remember a fellow student whispering to his neighbor, “Why is she always writing?” True story. But I couldn’t help it! My best friend and I wrote letters back and forth pretending we were different people, and I got so caught up in these people’s stories that reality became a major waste of time. I eventually learned that real life is sometimes kind of cool though, so I try to divide my time equally.
3) Which authors/books have inspired you?
Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Carrie Ryan, Suzanne Collins, and J.K. Rowling are just a few authors who have inspired me for a variety of reasons. I’m a sucker for a dark story, sometimes with a touch of romance, sometimes not. All of these authors do dark and do it well. They’re part of the reason I write what I do.
4) What’s your strangest writing quirk or habit? Something that would make all of us go, “huh?”
Oh, man! I’ll tell you but you have to promise you won’t run away. Promise? Okay. When I’m writing and I pause for a second to think, I pluck out stray eyebrow hairs with my fingernails. I’m currently waiting for a patch of eyebrow to grow back because one thinking session went on too long. So, yeah, I think I’m going to have to train myself to stop doing that.
5) What’s up next for you?
My YA romantic horror novella, Haunted Chemistry, came out September 30th with Entangled Publishing, so I’ve been busy promoting it. I just finished the sequel to The Grave Winner and signed the contract with Crescent Moon Press. There’s also a sexy ghost story in space idea that I plan to tackle in November. I’m crazy excited about all of it!
About the author:
Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize. Visit Lindsey online at LindseyRLoucks.com.
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