It’s Tuesday, which means we have exactly 8 weeks until Cemetery Tours is released, which means I am blogging and trying to think of new and interesting things to say about my book!
I think it’s awesome, but of course, I am really, really biased.
For this week’s, for lack of a better word, “promo,” I’ve decided to share a little more about the book. Whenever I tell someone that I wrote a book, their very first question is, “What is it about?” And for some reason, whenever I try to tell them, it sounds really dumb. I always tell them it’s a ghost story, but in truth, it’s a lot more than that. There’s romance, there’s suspense, there’s a little bit of mystery. I tried to make it a story that people of all ages, both men and women, can enjoy.
Anyway, here are a few bit of Cemetery Tours trivia.
1) I’ve wanted to write a ghost story for ages. I’ve always believed in ghosts, I enjoy watching all sorts of haunted and ghostly reality shows (My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera, Long Island Medium, and my very favorite, Ghost Adventures), and I find the whole concept of an afterlife absolutely fascinating. However, I also knew that there were already so many ghosts stories out there, that I really needed to come up with something new and original. After four years of brainstorming, writing, and re-writing, I believe I’ve done that with Cemetery Tours.
2) My dad actually came up with the title Cemetery Tours before I ever considered becoming an author. We were on a road-trip and we stopped at a little small-town Dairy Queen right across the street from an old cemetery. He said, “You know what would be a cool title for a book? Cemetery Tours.” It stuck.
3) I’m terrible at coming up with names for my characters, so I typically name them after celebrities I like or I will look up name meanings online. The lead female character in Cemetery Tours, Kate Avery, was named after Kate Middleton. She is smart, beautiful, and classy, and I have a lot of respect for her. A female character in another book that I’m working on is named Madeleine after one of my favorite authors, Madeleine L’Engle. However, just because these characters share a name with Ms. Middleton and Ms. L’Engle, they are in no way based off of them. Names are pretty much the only thing they have in common.
4) I love writing dialogue. It’s so much fun for me, and it comes very naturally. Writing out descriptions and action is more my sister’s thing. She is masterful.
5) My least favorite plot device is miscommunication. I absolutely hate it. Someone gets their feelings hurt because of something the other person said and the other person doesn’t know it and then the first person doesn’t even bother talking to them about it… Ugh! It’s just a big mess! In this day in age, with all the social media and text messaging and what not, I understand that miscommunication is very easy. However, it is also very easy to have a face to face conversation. That is why you will not find any of that mess in Cemetery Tours.
6) Something I am really hoping for out of Cemetery Tours is for at least one person to tell me that it scared them. Or at least creeped them out a little bit.
Well, I probably need to get going. I have a few errands to run. I’ll update if I think of any more trivia.
Enjoy your Tuesday!