Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Guest Post with Stacey Graham


Book Nerd Interview

Stacey Graham is the author of the Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide, the Zombie Tarot and multiple short stories. She is currently writing a book about true haunted objects; if you have a story you’d like to share and possibly be in the book, please contact her at stacey.i.graham[at]gmail.com. Please visit her website at stacey.i.graham.com, on twitter at @staceyigraham and on Facebook at facebook.com/authorstaceygraham.

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Red Rover, Red Rover 

I knew I was a creative child the minute my first grade played Red Rover, Red Rover Send [color] On Over and I chose “Avocado Green” as my color. I, naturally, wasn’t picked to break through the lines and into the game because seriously, who picks their mom’s kitchen decor color? Trying to fit in in other ways, I had a moment of Harvest Gold but I saw my future before me in more ways than a 70s plaid had color. My path as a student dwelt not in numbers but in language. I devoured books, wrote in the margins, dog-eared pages and did vile things to spines as they jostled in the nether regions of my backpack. When asked for a simple five-page paper on a favorite writer, I chose Shakespeare and turned in twenty. My high school English teacher’s lower lip trembled a bit when I handed it over, I thought it was from excitement that one of her students cared enough about the Bard to write part of it in iambic pentameter but know now she was probably wishing she hadn’t polished off that fifth of whiskey in her desk drawer the period before mine.

The most valuable thing I learned in school was how to channel angsty teenage emotions into really bad poetry. Without that teacher with questionable drinking habits, I wouldn’t have thought to express myself through writing and would probably be doing interpretive dance in a subway tunnel this weekend. School also taught me how to do research. As a nonfiction writer, getting the facts straight is essential, thus why I didn’t become a political speechwriter. I’m never happier than digging through old books and somewhat forgotten corners of the Internet to track down a source or learn something new. In my book, The Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide, I used those skills to make a handy how-to for kids to learn the basics of ghost hunting without the running and screaming. An emphasis on deductive reasoning and investigative skills round out the book along with games such as table tipping and psychometry, recipes, and how to write their own ghost stories, helps readers to get their ghost groove on and explore the dark corners they’ve been avoiding.



Ask any girl what the best part of a slumber party or camping trip is and she'll tell you it's the ghost stories. This bright, interactive journal is for tweens who are no longer content to watch movies or read about ghosts online, but are ready to jump into the paranormal fray themselves. With workbook pages, ghost stories, quizzes, sidebars, and interviews with ghost hunters, this illustrated guidebook gives girls the tools to safely explore the unknown using everyday household items- and helps them discover their own strengths using deductive reasoning.

You can purchase The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide at the following Retailers:
          


And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Stacey for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham.
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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for the chance to win!!

    Konstanz Silverbow
    nothoughts2small.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks Stacey! This is just the book I need! I work next to the creepiest old abandoned asylum and this would be helpful for the dark scary nights I have to work!

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  3. LOL! Keep me posted, @swimwriteliv!

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