Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Who Ya Gonna Call?

It's a scary celebration here today. I'm happy to announce the release of
GHOST HUNTRESS BOOK 1: THE AWAKENING.



It's the first book in my friend Marley Gibson's exciting new Young Adult series. Yay, Marley!

As a treat I was able to pin Marley down for a few moments in between all her exciting travels and Ghost Hunts and have her answer a few interview questions.

Now here's Marley...

1. Tell us about GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING?

It's the first in a trilogy. Get out your tape recorders, crystals, and extra batteries— you’re about to go where our world meets the spirit world..Psychic Kids, Paranormal State, Haunting Evidence—these and countless other television shows are making believers out of millions of people: Ghosts exist, and they’re living right beside us. For centuries, individuals have been trying to prove the existence of ghosts. But without hard evidence, it’s been difficult to make the case. But now as science and technology have progressed, ghost hunters have been able to use scientific means, along with more traditional psychic tools, to make their case. Photographs, video recordings, and sound recordings are all producing some amazing results.


In this new series, Ghost Huntress, meet Kendall Moorehead, a seemingly typical teen. When her family moves from Chicago to the small historical town of Radisson, Georgia, her psychic abilities awaken. She’s hearing, feeling, and seeing things that seem unbelievable at first, but with the help of the town psychic, Kendall is able to come to terms with her newly emerging gift. So, together with her new BFF, Celia, Kendall forms a ghost hunting team. They’ve got all the latest technology. They’ve got Kendall for their psychic. Now they’re going to clean up Radisson of its less savory spirits.
The story is fiction. The science is real. Welcome to a new reality.

2.How did you get the idea for the series?

I was attending the New England Romance Writers' Conference back in 2007 and attended a session run by the New England Ghost Project talking about their ghost hunting investigations. I found the idea completely fascinating and knew I had to write a story about teenage ghost hunters. I had no idea at that time that there were TV shows such as GHOST HUNTERS, HAUNTING EVIDENCE, and DEAD FAMOUS - to name a few - that highlighted such types of investigations. From there, everything just blossomed.

3. What do you want your young readers to get from the series?

I'd like young readers to know that the challenges of growing up and finding out who you are and what your place in life is are universal and timeless. I just want readers to see that being different is okay, no matter if you're new to a town, have an accent, are too skinny...or are experiencing a psychic awakening.

4. Care to give us a hint about what's coming next?

In GHOST HUNTRESS: THE GUIDANCE, out in September, readers will see Kendall growing more comfortable in her psychic skin. She will continue to develop and hone her abilities through the guidance of not only her group of fellow huntresses, but her parents, her mentor, Loreen, and her priest, Father Massimo...and her spirit guide, Emily.

I am currently working on GHOST HUNTRESS: THE REASON, the third book in the trilogy that will be a little darker than the other two books. Kendall will experience some very life-changing things that will leave her questioning everything she's ever known. That book will be out in May 2010.

Thanks so much for being here Marley. I'm so happy for you and wishing you much success. Happy Hunting!

You can check out Marley at her website here and also at her blog which she shares with other wonderful young adult authors: Book, Boys, Buzz here. Enjoy!


Best,
Kwana

18 comments:

T. Anne said...

Big congrats to Marley! Thanx for the interview.

A Day That is Dessert said...

great interview Kwana!

pve design said...

Just maybe she could sign my copy? She is so cute that Marley! Cheers M! I know how much she means to you - It is always great to see our friends doing what they love.
pve

Sarah Tormey said...

Great idea for a YA series! Congrats on the release:)

Marley Gibson said...

Awww...thanks sweetie!!! And yes! If anyone wants to send me the book to autograph, I'm happy to do it. E-mail me at marley_gibson AT yahoo.com.

Thanks for the plug, Kwanster!!

Deidra said...

Congratulations and best wishes to Marley!

Ina in Alaska said...

Happy Wednesday Kwana..... I thought the Season Finale of the Not So Real HW of NYC was a snooze!!! At the end when they showed the Countess they never said what if anything is happening with the Count. Looking forward to the Reunion show!

Helen Ginger said...

Very interesting. I like the way her character grows with each book. Her plan for the series makes you want to know what will happen in Book 3 since she's already decided it the finale.

Helen
http://straightfromhel.blogspot.com

Wendy Toliver said...

Yeah, baby! Congrat's to Marley and great interview Kwana.

Kristen Painter said...

I've got my copy!

Sheryl said...

I love that kind of reading. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

lisekimhorton said...

First off, the cover is GORGEOUS! I really like it, but even more I love the premise and the reasoning behind it. [I am a firm believer in the spirit world (don't know how it works, but I'm sure it exists)] The idea of using burgeoning psychic senses with a teen as a way to explore the experience every teen goes through, in one way or another, is a great one. I can't wait to pick it up and see how you create the world! Good luck with the entire project.

Randy said...

Congratulations, Marley--sounds like a fabulous trilogy! Thanks for bringing us the interview, Kwana :) (Um, I trying this for the third time; if you get triplets, my apologies!)

Alluring Interiors said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog...Your blog is pretty HoT, ms.Kwana...and pretty fab interview...job well done!

Joyce said...

Congratulations to Marley!! A wonderful interview. Hugs...xoxo

LENORENEVERMORE said...

wow, Congrats to Marley, fantastic interview Kwana...Barbara Walters better watch out! ;)

Mary-Laure said...

Great interview, Kwana, thanks!

Kristin said...

Yeah, Marley! Best of luck with the new series. Seems to be hitting at the right time since there are so many shows about psychics & ghosty things.

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