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The Grave Winner: Author Interview

paranormalParaYourNormal welcomes author of The Grave Winner, Lindsey Loucks! First, here’s the blurb from The Grave Winner:

Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did. [Tweet this!]

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.

And now, on to the interview!

PYN: Tell us about your latest book!

Lindsey: I’d love to! Set in a small town not-so-affectionately nicknamed Krapper, Kansas, The Grave Winner is the story of a spunky young girl who mourns the loss of her mother and lets her grief guide her decisions.

What prompted you to write this book or series?

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!”

What makes your book unique?

It’s a blend of zombies, paranormal, urban fantasy in a rural setting, and a strong teen who can see humor even in the darkest of times. Several reviewers said it was unlike anything they’d ever read.

How did you develop the names for your characters?

Well, my main character shouted everything into my ears so loud, I have irreparable hearing damage. She already knew everyone’s names, and I just wrote everything down so she’d shut up.

Why did you decide to write paranormal?

I grew up in a household that embraced all things spooky. For example, my parents and I quoted lines from Stephen King novels at the dinner table on a regular basis! I live for the dark atmosphere and the thrills and chills that the paranormal gives me, and I hope I can reflect that love through my stories.

What’s your writing schedule? Do you have a favorite place to write?

I just put my butt in the chair and write whenever I have a few minutes in a row to do it! My writing space is in the spare bedroom at a rickety old desk and an ergonomically incorrect chair. I think it may be time for a new writing space.

What’s next?

I’m about to finish the first draft of a sexy ghost story in space that I’m really excited about. The second book to The Grave Winner series will be out in 2014!

You can find the books online here:

Buy The Grave Winner on Amazon

Buy The Grave Winner at Barnes & Noble

Add The Grave Winner to Goodreads

Watch the book trailer on Youtube

About the Author:

authorphoto2 (426x640) (426x640)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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