We're ready to begin this week's author interview with our guest, Lindsey Loucks.
Pull up a chair, Lindsey. How do you take your coffee?
LINDSEY: With cream and sugar, refrigerated and then poured over ice. Yum!
Ally: While I fix our coffee, this would be the perfect chance to show readers your bio.
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.
She's been with her significant other for almost two decades.
Something unique or unusual: I still sleep with two stuffed animals: a monkey and a cougar.
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LINDSEY: I write whatever the characters in my head want me to write. Sometimes they’re of YA age, and sometimes they’re not. I used to have a bumper sticker that read “I Do What the Voices In My Head Tell Me To.” I’d say that’s pretty accurate.
Ally: Describe your writing day: time, place, etc. Do you have a writer's cave?
LINDSEY: Most of my writing is done on the weekends, because when I get home from work, I feel like a toasted zombie. Afternoons are my favorite time to write, and I pound away at the keyboard in my cat’s bedroom. Yes, he has his own bedroom. He allows me in there only if I feed him.
Ally: How is your marketing different than if you were writing adult fiction? Do you have any tips for other YA authors?
LINDSEY: I’m not sure marketing to the varying age groups is all that different. I still put myself out there, interact with readers, and try to crank out the next book as fast as I can, no matter the age group I’m writing for.
As far as tips go, I’ve found that Goodreads giveaways are great for getting your book visibility. I also try to stay on top of social media without blasting about my books all the time, but rather just being present.
Ally: Let's talk about setting. What is the setting of the book you brought today? How did you choose it? How important is it to your plot?
LINDSEY: A large chunk of both The Grave Winner and the second book in the series, What Gifts She Carried, takes place in a cemetery. The setting kind of chose me when the title of the first book leaped into my head. The cemetery is integral to the plot because the dead aren’t behaving themselves and staying in their graves. My main character is one of the few who can do anything about it.
Ally: Now for some quick answer questions:
Last tv program you watched – Sons of Anarchy (I’m only on season 5)
Favorite way to spent a quiet evening – watching a movie with my boyfriend and cat with a chocolaty dessert at the ready
Visit an art gallery or run a marathon – art gallery
An item on your bucket list – go to Rome!
A favorite non-fiction book – Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural by Stephen Addiss
Ally: It's been a pleasure having you visit, Lindsey! Before we finish today's chat, let's take a look at the books you brought, including your brand new release...
Blurb for The Grave Winner:
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.
The Grave Winner Links:
Barnes & Noble
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Watch the book trailer on Youtube
Blurb for What Gifts She Carried:
Leigh Baxton just wants to pick up the pieces of her life—if you could call it that—but someone keeps resurrecting the dead. These new zombies have a knack for spilling Leigh’s precious blood, something she was warned about by a certain pair of undead sorceresses.
Desperate to find out why they’re here so Leigh can put the nightmares behind her, she must learn more about the gifts she carries. With Tram’s training sessions and clues from her mom’s past, Leigh begins to piece together what she’s capable of.
Too bad there isn’t a Cliff’s Notes version to saving the world.
The zombies have teamed up with followers of the darkest sorceress who ever lived, and they’ll play a wicked game until she’s freed from her prison inside the earth. When the battle to the death begins, Leigh must rely on friends, crushes, and even her enemies to win the war, but not the grave.
What Gifts She Carried Links:
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