I was fortunate enough to meet Kourtney (pen name K.C.) at Baltimore Book Festival in 2014. We started chatting in line to meet Marissa Meyer, and hung out the rest of the day. We got talking about the fact that she was a writer, and she told me about the book The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. We chatted again this summer during her promotional tour.
K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.
Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.
As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts can be purchased here.
1. What inspired you to write The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts?
It was a concept my best friend, Anthony, and I dreamed up when we were in 7th grade. The 11-year old me loved the idea of ghosts, curses, spells, castles, time travel, and a murder mystery. I was a huge fan of soap operas like Dark Shadows and Santa Barbara and that’s where the romantic thread came in.
Back then, I only thought about the story I wanted to tell and this was it. Anthony and I never got beyond the character sketches and general concept because the original idea had way too many characters. He still has a notebook somewhere filled with dozens of character sketches.
Decades later, when I was working on Wall Street and mourning the end of the Harry Potter series, I thought if I could write my own novel, the characters would always be with me. That was when the 28-year-old me remembered the story the 11-year-old me was dying to tell. I emailed Anthony and he gave me the go ahead to work on it. And then the work truly began.
2. Would Kat most likely be addicted to Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr?
I don’t think she’d be into any of them, actually. She’s definitely the kind of person who wants to live off the grid. She’s guarding too many secrets to put herself out there. Also, she’s someone who doesn’t want to get noticed or stand out. She hungers for anonymity.
3. If you had to pick a character from another book to be Kat’s best friend, who would it be and why?
I’d pick someone like Morgan (her best friend in TGWIG). If I had to pick someone from another book, it would be Rose from the Richelle Mead Vampire Academy series. Rose is fearless and passionate. She loves deeply and truly and goes to the ends of the earth for the people she cares about. She’s a bit wild at times, but she’d be the perfect balance to Kat’s careful self.
4. Favorite book you’ve read so far this year?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It’s such a haunting and beautiful story. I love when a story makes me sob and laugh and then lingers with me.
5. What are you currently working on?
I just wrapped up the first draft of the sequel to TGWIG. Now, I’m working on revising the sequel to The Six Train to Wisconsin, which is part of my cross-genre series for adults. I’m processing comments from beta readers and I need to tear into the manuscript this fall. Then I’ll send it off to my editor in the winter.
The sequel picks up in the aftermath of Book 1. I really enjoy returning to my characters and continuing this journey with them. But it’s been a hard journey to take.
Thank you for joining me on my blog, Kourtney!
I will be giving away an ARC of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, along with some swag for the book. This giveaway is US only. It will run from September 16 to October 1st. A winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter. This giveaway is NOT sponsored. The ARC copy was provided to me by the author. You must be 18 years old to enter or have permission from a legal guardian.
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This week’s topic was a FREEBIE, meaning we each got to choose our own. I was having some trouble with this one until I started to think of a current phenomenon in my reading life: the anti-hype.
We all experience book hype. It’s all over blogs, twitter, youtube, instagram, etc. Usually it makes us want to pick up a book RIGHT THIS SECOND. But lately, I’ve been experiencing the anti-hype with a lot of titles, causing me to not want to pick them up (sometimes at all, and sometimes just for now). Here are some of those titles being affected by the anti-hype!
10. you by caroline kepnes
This is a creepier read that everyone has been picking up, and honestly, it is just not my genre. This is one I don’t think I’ll ever be picking up.
9. the fever series by karen marie moning
This is a series I’ve actually been meaning to pick up for some time. My good friend Sarah-Jane from The Book Life has been gushing about it since before I even knew her. But the recent influx of everyone reading it has turned me off to it…for now. This is one I will eventually get to.
8. the girl on the train by paula hawkins
Another thriller, which is just not my genre. Plus people have been saying it’s predictable. I’m on the wait list for the audiobook at my library, but I’m honestly in no rush. I might even pass it by.
7. miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children trilogy by ransom riggs
With all of the movie news and the final book coming out soon, you’d think I’d be all over this, right? Wrong. This is another one on the maybe pile. Creepy just doesn’t tend to be for me.
6. the vampire academy series by richelle mead
Iconic. But I don’t know when I’m ever going to have the motivation to pick up this huge series, plus it’s companion series. The more time goes on, the more I hear mixed things about it. I want to give it a shot, I just don’t know when that will be.
5. the selection series by kiera cass
This seems to be one of those love it or hate it series, and I think I will be part of the latter if I were to pick this up. Plus, I know how it ends. So what is the point…?
4. illuminae by amie kaufman and jay kristoff
This is an upcoming release that I grabbed an ARC of at BEA (they were handing this one out like candy). This one has been blowing up, especially on twitter and in the blogging community, but for some reason it is just not calling to me at the moment. I may try to pick it up before release just to see if it grabs me after all.
3. me before you by jojo moyes
Everyone has been gushing about this, and with the movie coming up it definitely has me intrigued. It doesn’t suit my mood at the moment though. I do plan on reading this one in the future.
2. nimona by noelle stevenson
I know I know. I own this one and everything. But I just have no motivation to pick it up at the moment. Eventually…
1. queen of shadows by sarah j maas
The book that inspired the list to be honest. The anti-hype for this one has been so real. I’m actually actively dreading reading it, to the point where I don’t even own it yet. There are a lot of things I know I’m not going to like about this book and I do not like how a lot of the series’ problematic elements are actively getting worse instead of better. Will I pick this one up eventually? Maybe. But not until I have stopped actively dreading it.
Are there any books you are currently experiencing anti-hype for?
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This week’s topic is ten finished series that we have YET to finish. I try to keep this to a minimum by marathon reading my series, so that I don’t end up falling into this trap. If I don’t do that, I find myself with these unfinished series waiting around. Which is what happened with almost all of these. I also included some series in here where I own all of the books, but have yet to actually start the series (oops).
These are in no particular order.
1. The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
I read the first book last year and enjoyed it well enough, but didn’t own the second so I didn’t continue. I plan to, I’m just in no rush.
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
I haven’t even started this series, but it is one that has been on my TBR for some time. I own the first book and am now trying to collect the other two in the editions I want in order to marathon the series.
3. Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
I read and adored the first book, but do not yet own the second two. I’m working on it. I would really like to finish this series this year.
4. Avalon duology by Mindee Arnett
I adored the first book when I read it last year and pre-ordered the second book, but then became distracted. I still remember the first book, so I want to read the second before I forget everything!
5. Eon duology by Alison Goodman
Another series where I own both books and haven’t started it yet, and another end of the year TBR goal.
6. Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I have read the first book, but haven’t finished the series. I’m saving them for when I’m feeling slumpy. I also need to buy the second bindup of the 3rd and 4th books.
7. His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers
I loved the first book when I read it years ago, but the other books weren’t out yet. Now they are and I will probably need to re-read the first one again before tackling those.
8. Anna and the French Kiss companion trilogy by Stephanie Perkins
I liked Anna when I read it last year, but do not own the other two books in the series. I wanted to read them in the summer, but I think my time for that disappearing! Maybe next year…
9. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology by Jenny Han
This one I will be getting to very soon as I just got the second book for my birthday, and that was the only thing holding me back.
10. Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal
I read the first book in this fantasy of manners series in July and loved it. I own the next two books, but it is a 5 book series. I plan on picking up at least the next two sometime this fall.
So those are all of my unfinished series. What are some of yours you are hoping to get to? Any on your end of the year TBR?