Happy Wednesday, Booklovers!
Welcome to this week's Coffee Chat, a chance to meet another author and discover a book you might have missed! This week we're having coffee with Kay LaLone.
Nice to have you here today, Kay. How do you take your coffee?
KAY: Just black, thank you.
Ally: Well, that's easy. I'll grab our mugs while you introduce yourself.
I’m Kay LaLone, author of Ghostly Clues, my first MG novel, and Family Secret is my first YA novel, both published by MuseItUp. I live in Michigan with my husband and teenage son (two older sons and a daughter-in-law and my first grandbaby live nearby) and two dogs. I love to get up every morning and write about ghosts, the paranormal, and things that go bump in the night. I write PB, MG and YA novels. No matter the books I write, I want my readers to feel like they have met a new friend. I’m an avid reader of just about any type of book (mystery, paranormal, and ghost stories are my favorites). I do reviews and post them on my website and blog. I love to collect old books, antiques, and collectibles. You can find many of my antiques and collectibles selling on ebay and at fleamarkets.
good reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6580388.Kay_LaLone
KAY: Family Secret is not based on a secret from my past or from my family. The idea for Family Secret came from a picture I saw for a writing class. The writing assignment was to look at a picture and develop a story from it. In the picture were a train and a boy and girl.
I asked the question, What if? What if this boy was running away from something? What if he felt like he wasn’t wanted? What if a secret was being kept from him? Asking what if gets the imagination flowing. Over the years (it took fifteen years before Family Secret became published) I just let my imagination run wild and soon it developed into the book it is today.
Ally: This novel is classified as YA or Young Adult fiction. What are some of the elements that separate this category from adult fiction?
KAY: The elements that separate this category from adult fiction is the age of the characters, the theme of the story is geared toward teenage boys, and the language. When I wrote this book, I had the reluctant reader in mind because I have a teenage son who doesn’t like to read.
Ally: Tell us about the most interesting writing or researching experience you've had.
KAY: The most interesting writing experience I’ve had is when the words flow from my mind onto the screen. It is like a wow experience.
Ally: Do you have another writing project underway? Can you describe it?
KAY: I have two writing projects that I am currently working on. One is about a girl with visions and the other is about a girl who finds her name on a gravestone.
Ally: Ready for some short answer questions?
- a. manicure or pedicure: pedicure
- b. a book you'd recommend: I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie books
- c. something you've always wanted to do: open an antique shop
- d. a person you admire: My parents
- e. best movie you've seen in the last year (theater or tv): Grease
Sixteen-year-old Thomas Patrick Henry is thrown into a web of secrets and demons after his mother’s murder.
On the road to solving his mother’s murder, sixteen-year-old Thomas Patrick Henry discovers a secret his father has kept from him for years. Tom thought Dad’s secret put him in danger, Mom’s secret is far worse. Magic. Witches. Ancient Book of Spells. Magical Amulet. Ghosts. Demons. Tom never thought these things existed until he is face to face with them. There is nothing else to do but destroy the demons before someone else Tom love dies. He already lost his mom and a close friend because this secret was kept from him. No one else will die. No one else will be possessed. Tom faces his demons. A mother’s love gives Tom the strength to slay his demons.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/family-secret-kay-lalone/1122625739?ean=2940152212761
Buy Links for Ghostly Clues (MiddleGrade):
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghostly-clues-kay-lalone/1114821562?ean=2940044359321