Author Spotlight: Lindsey R. Loucks
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I work as a school librarian in a very rural part of the US. When I’m not flinging books, I’m reading them or writing them. I also occasionally sleep and watch funny cat videos on YouTube.
2. When did you start writing, and why?
When I was around eight-ish, my parents bought me my own desk for a present. Best gift ever! I was so excited, I immediately sat down at it and wrote my first story. It was an angst-filled tale about a girl who was having an epically crappy day. I’ve been writing ever since.
3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
Most of what I write leans toward the paranormal/horror side of things, probably because that’s what I like to read. Most of my stories have a dash of romance since I’m a sucker for a good love story. I’ve also been known to dabble in dark comedy, science fiction, and contemporary. I guess I write all over the place!
I love testing the limits of my imagination, and writing lets me do that!
4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
My paranormal romance novella, Haunted Chemistry, released in October from Entangled Publishing. The sequel to The Grave Winner has an expected release date of May 2014. I also have a collection of short stories in the works, and I’m nearly finished with a sexy/scary ghost story in space, which I’m very excited about!
5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
The Grave Winner takes place in Krapper, Kansas, which is based on a real small town. Without giving too much away, something is majorly wrong with the cemetery in Krapper. A huge chunk of the story takes place there. At night, of course.
6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
Leigh Baxton is a spunky fifteen year old girl who has just lost her mother. As you might imagine, she’s devastated. The thing I love about Leigh is that she can find the humor in things even during the darkest of times.
Jo Monroe is Leigh’s best friend. She’s loyal, funny, and is wicked good with nun chucks.
Callum Monroe is Jo’s brother and has always had a soft spot for Leigh. I like him because he’s a sweet bad boy.
Tram (no last name) is a mystery boy who hangs out at the cemetery and knows an awful lot about the strange happenings in Krapper.
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
The idea for The Grave Winner started with the title. It just popped into my head one day when I was about to finish my very first full length novel. It made me wonder why anyone would win a grave. Is it a good thing to win a grave? My main character Leigh shouted into my ear a definitive “No!”
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.
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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.
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