Aug 042015

If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say?
Prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally #timetravels to 1886 Connecticut to solve a #murdermystery and break a #curse. #YA #TGWIG

What books have influenced your writing?
I love Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade trilogy. I get pulled in by an action-packed book with supernatural beings and an underlying mystery. I am also a huge fan of cozy mysteries with paranormal elements like Paige Shelton’s Country Cooking School Mysteries. I adored Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I’m a sucker for beautiful writing. Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane taught me that powerful writing doesn’t require tons of metaphors.

What is your favourite part of writing a book?
Storystorming. It’s my version of brainstorming the story. It’s where everything is possible. I explore every plot idea to its logical end. I get to really mold the characters too. It’s almost like having a choose your own adventure book inside your head. I try things out and if they don’t work, I go back and try again. Nothing is written down yet, so everything can be changed and anything can happen. There are so many options and so many possibilities. A whole new world is beginning to gel in my mind. It’s a really exciting time for me as an author.

Do you have a writing routine?
I am a type A list-making, overscheduling fiend. Though I’m constantly tweaking my processes, trying to get them done faster.

If I’m drafting, it’s a daily word count (2k now) and every 100 pages I pause and do a quick revision of what I have. I find it helps me avoid writer’s block and makes sure the story arc carries through the entire book. It let’s me draft a book in 3-4 months.

If I’m revising it’s a daily page count. I aim for 50-100 pages of paper edits a day and 50 pages of actual changes to the document on my computer. How much time I spend on any section depends on my deadline and also which section needs the most work.

Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
I want them to think about how important belief is to reality and how what we believe influences every aspect of our lives. I want them to realize how much power they have over their own lives and their reality.

I want them to think about family and how it binds you to people, regardless of whether they are good or bad people. We see several different family dynamics in play both with genetically-related family and the family the characters choose in their friends.

About K.C. Tansley

K.C Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and three quirky golden retrievers 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 her debut YA time-travel murder mystery novel.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

Interview with K.C. TansleyThe Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (The Unbelievables #1) by K.C. Tansley
Published by Beckett Publishing Group on Aug 1, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Time Travel, YA
Format: eARC from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.

But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  2 Responses to “Interview with K.C. Tansley”

  1. I love the storystorming.phase too. But it’s hectic, isn’t it? Our brains get frenzied, trying to go this way and that. I find the same happens when I sit down to write the first draft. By the time I get to the second draft, I feel like I can sit back and finally breathe.

    • It is. Holding an entire story in my head makes me very forgetful and unable to concentrate on other things. LOL. I actually feel it at every draft because when I change one thing it crashes through the entire story and requires me to keep the worldbuilding consistent and the plot working. 🙂 There’s less possibilities once the bones are down, but then any tweak can ripple in unexpected ways.

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