September 25th, 2009

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Five on a Friday: Ghosts

1.The weather is supposed to be hot again this afternoon -- just a 'ghost' of summer past, now that the autumn equinox has come and gone. But summer need not end!
Check out my guest blog over at Summerland which should be up today. Don't forget to enter their totally amazing contest. The prize pack is ginormous!

2.Tonight at 6 pm I'll be at the Borders at Stonestown Galleria in San Friancisco for their Book Club. We'll be talking and hanging out. It should be a lot of fun. So stop by if you're in the area. There won't be any ghosts, there, I promise.

3.My friend from both the 2009 Debs and the Class of 2k9, Danielle Joseph wrote a sweet, wonderful book called Shrinking Violet
They're almost out of stock and won't reprint unless there's demand.Her book has only been out for four months. Don't let it become a 'ghost'! It's a really fun story you won't want to miss. There's also an awesome contest at

4. Okay, now on to the actual ghosty stuff: today's interview is with the wonderful 2009 Deb, Megan Crewe. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of her book, Give Up the Ghost, a while back and I really loved it. The characters, including the ghosts, are  well-developed and totally draw you in. Here's the cover:

See how the ghostie is whispering in her ear. Pretty cool, huh?

Here's what it's about:


Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.


But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret,Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.


As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...

Doesn't that sound awesome? And actually, it's even better than the description. So on to the interview. Thank you, Megan, for being here to answer my three favorite author questions!

First, please tell us one thing you love about your book’s story or your characters.

I love that unlike most characters who can see ghosts, Cass (now that she's gotten used to it) enjoys her ability and sees it as more a gift than a problem.

Where is your favorite place to write? What is your writing process like?

My favorite place to write is at a cottage up north with enough land that it's completely private, sitting outdoors. I only get to do that once a year at my writers group's annual retreat, though! The rest of the year I have my special comfy writing chair.

I spend a long time brainstorming and jotting down random inspirations for a story. When I feel that I have enough to pull the pieces together from beginning to end, I write a scene-by-scene outline. If the outline works, then I start working on the rough draft, following and deviating from the outline as necessary. I usually go through about four drafts of a book (with some feedback from readers in between) before I have a finished product I'm ready to share widely.

Tell us about one dream you’ve chased in your life (other than getting a novel published) and how it turned out.

I've always wanted to travel overseas and visit many different countries and cultures. I made my first step toward that dream in my early twenties, when I took off to Britain for five weeks on my own. It was my first trip anywhere alone, and my first trip ever overseas, so it was a little scary, but mostly it was exciting. I loved every minute of it! Since then I've traveled to Italy and China and have many more places on my list.

Very cool! Thanks, Megan!

Here's a little more about Megan:

Like many fiction authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up.  A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two cats (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she has yet to make friends with a ghost, though she welcomes the opportunity.

To learn more about the book, go here
or here
To learn more about Megan, check out her website

In all seriousness, I believe I saw a ghost once. I was probably about eight or nine years old. But that's a story for another post Leave a comment if you've ever seen one. If enough people comment, I'll tell you my story.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!