Please welcome Kay Lalone, author of Ghostly Clues, a wonderful middle grade ghost story. I personally read this story and gave 5-stars. It’s charming, and also child friendly. I’m pleased to report, I was able to sleep with the lights off after reading it! Readers, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of her e-book.
Thank you, Suzanne, for having me on your blog today to talk about Ghostly Clues and ghosts. I’m glad you enjoyed reading Ghostly Clues. It was a fun story to write and shows that not all ghosts are scary.
Kay, tell us about Ghostly Clues.
First, I have always been fascinated by ghosts. My grandma Tufts died when I was around Sarah Kay’s age, the main character in Ghostly Clues. It was my first experience with death and my first ghostly experience. Through the years, my interest in ghosts and spirits has grown. I believe spirits are all around us. So that is why I write about ghosts.
I always thought it would be cool if my grandma’s ghost or spirit would come and help me solve a mystery, so that is where the idea for Ghostly Clues came from.
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.
Is any of this story based on real life?
Yes. The scene with the ghost hand actually happened to me after my grandma Tufts died. Here is the excerpt from that scene.
Something tugged at the bedspread. Holy smokes. My heartbeat quickened. I scooted up against the wall. The thing inched up toward my pillow. I moved as far away from the ghostly hand as I could get. It was transparent and the pink of the bedspread was visible through it. I screamed, but the sound caught in my throat. It crept toward me, only a hand with no arm, closer—closer—the thing turned whitish, resembling a puff of smoke, and disappeared. I took a deep breath.
My heart was beating so fast it felt like it would pop right out of my chest. With a trembling hand, I clicked on the lamp and glanced around the room. Bathed in the safety of the glowing light, I snuggled back under the covers. I searched for my rag doll, patting around the blanket. It must have fallen to the floor. I looked over the edge, and there, lying on the carpet was Grandma’s diary.
Ew, I’m getting goosebumps. I too have had interesting things happen after my grandfather died, but mine came in the form of dreams. I still remember the first one where I stood behind his house and he couldn’t see or hear me. I wanted to talk to him because I thought he was lonely, but there was a barrier there. I woke up crying. I’ve put this same dream (slightly modified) in my currant work A Town Bewitched. The interesting thing was that every time I was going through challenging times, my grandfather would appear to me in dreams and would walk with me, never uttering a word.
I’ve also had dreams about loved ones who have passed on. I think it is a good way for their spirits to speak to us. Also it might be a good way for ghosts to speak to us. A few weeks ago, I had a dream about a ghost boy. That is the name I have given him because I have no idea who he is and what he wants. In the dream, ghost boy was climbing up some stairs and he looked at me. That’s all I remember of the dream, but when I woke up I was frightened for some reason. I’m hoping he returns some night because I think there is a story there.
So what are you working on now? I’d love to read more of your stories.
Family Secret has been sent to MuseItUp. Family Secret is about a teenage boy who learns his parents’ secrets that put his life in danger where he must fight demons. This story also has a ghost who helps him. I’m not telling who the ghost is.
Also I’m revising another story, Mysterious Visions, which also has ghosts in it. These ghosts are not too friendly.
Kay, now that I’m all jittery, could you please tell your readers where to buy your book.
Ghostly Clues is published by MuseItUp so their website is the best place to find the ebook.
But it is also available at these links too.
And if readers want to get in touch with you to share ghost stories, where can they contact you?
Oh, I love to share ghost stories, so readers don’t be afraid to contact me.
My website www.kaylalone.weebly.com
My blog www.kaylalone.blogspot.com
Thanks for a scary interview, Kay. I may be sleeping with the lights on tonight. Readers, remember to leave a comment to win a copy of Kay’s e-book Ghostly Clues.
Thanks, Suzanne. It was fun to talk about ghosts. Sleeping with the lights on might not keep the ghosts away, when they invade your dreams.
Yes, readers, leave a comment. Share some of your creepy ghost stories and a chance to win Ghostly Clues.