Welcome to the first stop on The Galaxy Trail! I’m glad you’re here.
This is the first ever Halloween Book Trail, featuring your favorite YA & MG authors.
Here’s how you play:
Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes, including books, swag, skype sessions, locks of hair (Not really.). At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop in the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz to test what you learned along the trail. Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize. Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory. One quiz entry per trail.
Let’s get started!
First, here’s a little bit about me and my books:
Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which has been published in over twenty countries to widespread acclaim, and hailed as “an exciting debut novel” by Booklist and “a warm, time bending romance” by Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by CBS Films.
Her next novel, Every Last Word, is about a teen with OCD who’s hiding part of herself from the world, until she discovers a secret poetry club that changes her in unexpected ways. Every Last Word releases on June 16, 2015.
A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco. Keep in touch with her on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and/or Instagram.
A Halloween Q&A
Q: Do you legit believe in ghosts and things that bump in the night? (We won’t think you’re cray)
A: I’ve always been fascinated by spirits, and sure… I believe in ghosts.
My family has this cabin that’s been around for generations, and when we first moved in, a bunch of us felt this “presence” in the hallway outside one of the bedrooms. We disagree about whether or not s/he’s male or female (I think male), but we all agree that it’s a friendly spirit who just enjoys hanging out with us (we are really fun).
Still, he gives me the creeps every once in a while, especially since I love to write at the cabin and I’m often alone there for days at a time. My favorite writing spot is on the couch, but that means my back is to “his hallway.” Sometimes, I have to move to another chair because I feel like someone’s reading over my shoulder.
It’s okay if you think I’m crazy now.
Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island or haunted house, what number are you to die and how?
A: I’d be the second person to die, because when the first guy to leave the room didn’t come back, I’d be the idiot who’d jump up and say, “I’ll go find him!” And… chop.
Chop? I guess that’s how I’d go… (Ew.)
Q: What is the most haunted place you’ve ever been to?
A: Ooh… time for a ghost story. Slide down into your sleeping bags and grab your BFF’s hand for this one…
When I was in fourth grade, we lived in this big apartment complex. My parents were the managers. I was fiercely independent, had a rich imagination, and I guess I didn’t have many friends, because I remember spending most of my afternoons playing alone. I didn’t mind. I had access to the keys to all the vacant apartments.
I used to sneak into the empty units and pretend I lived there. I’d make dinner, chat on the phone, watch fake TV, etc. This one apartment was vacant for months, and I spent a lot of time playing alone there.
Then one day while I was “working” in the kitchen, I turned around and saw a woman standing in the living room, casually leaning against the wall with her arms crossed, watching me. She was there, but… she wasn’t. I flew straight for the door and down the stairs, my heart racing as I sprinted for my own apartment. I was visibly shaken when I got home, so I fessed up and told my mom what I’d been doing. That’s when she told me that the apartment had been vacant for months because they couldn’t rent it. The woman who lived there last was found dead in the living room.
I stopped visiting vacant apartments after that.
Q: What is your favorite Halloween memory?
A: When my daughter was in second grade, she asked me if the two of us could dress up as “Mommy/Daughter Monsters.” We came up with these fuzzy, colorful costumes (she looked adorable. I looked a little ridiculous), and we marched in her school parade together. She had the biggest smile on her face, and she held my hand the entire time. I’ll never wear that costume again, but I’ll always treasure it.
Q: What is one of your favorite sentences/paragraphs from your novel?
A: Okay, I’m going to share one of my favorite moments from my next novel, Every Last Word, which comes out in June 2015. I haven’t shared anything from this book yet, so… SCARY!
My backpack is still sitting in front by the couch, so I take a seat and thumb through my notebooks. I skip the red one because I’m not angry, and the blue one because I’m not thinking about the pool. The poem that’s building inside of me is a yellow one. My head falls into the back of the cushions and I let my gaze travel around the walls one more time before I take my pen to the paper. I tap it three times. Then I let everything go.
That wraps up my stop. Thank you for participating and for taking the time to get to know me and my books!