I love this cover. It is so creepy looking that it draws me in begging me to read. I love creepy ghost stories, and this is a Halloween tale I'll never forget. And I'm sure Olivia won't either. More of my review of this story at the end. Today I have Lynne Murray on my blog.
1. Tell us about your book and how the story came to be.
The short story seemed to come out of nowhere. I just started hearing the beginning of it in my head, grabbed a notebook and started writing. It came pretty much in one felled swoop.
The back cover blurb probably best describes what it’s about.
“It’s the most exciting night of the year in their town, as Olivia and friends prepare for the annual Hallowe’en celebration
When the teens set off for the party, Olivia’s mother asks them not to take the rural back lane to the old southern mansion where the event is to be held. Ignoring her mother’s request, they find themselves crashing into trees in the near darkness before reaching the rear grounds of the mansion.
When a gallows suddenly appears out of nowhere, the teens realize they may be about to witness a hanging. Could this be the ghost of Olivia’s ancestor? The one executed for witchcraft? Olivia’s stubborn curiosity overwhelms her friends’ fear, and she leads them into an adventure the teens could never have foreseen when they encounter a glimpse into history.”
Here’s a brief excerpt from the story:
“The path appeared to be darker than Olivia had imagined, especially on this full moon night. There seemed to be a lot of eerie shadows, and the occasional hoot of an owl or cry of some other wild creature coming from the woods.
“Wow, it’s hard to see.” Artesia clung to Olivia’s arm. “Whose idea was it to come through the fields again? Didn’t your mom tell us not to take this route?”
Olivia’s stubborn character refused to allow her to even contemplate she may have made a poor choice, but her friend wasn’t going to let it go.
She stopped to fix Artesia’s green fairy wing. It was hanging at an unusual angle and she hoped it hadn’t broken when they both crashed into that tree.
Olivia wished she had brought a flashlight. I’m such an idiot! How could I come this way and not even bring a light? She was having a bit of trouble negotiating the terrain. Her floor length, heavy black skirt was certainly warm enough for this slightly chilly autumn evening, but it dragged on the ground and so she kept tripping on the hem.”
2.What three words best describe your main character?
I am a mystery fan, especially anything with Native Americans or archaeology, ancient Egypt or time travel. I also like to read biographies, poetry and teen books. I still read Nancy Drew books all the time and others from the same era, the Hardy Boys etc.
7. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
8. What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?
Oh, good more Halloween Tale.
9. What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
I have a website, facebook author page, and blog, plus I am also on twitter.
Here are the links.
www.vlmurray.ca and my main writer/editor blog is www.natterandreview.wordpress.com Facebook author/editor page is www.facebook.com/vlynnemurray and twitter @vlynnemurray
You can purchase my work at the following locations:
My latest is my short story A Hallowe’en Tale by V. L. Murray available from MuseItUp Publishing at http://tinyurl.com/crwkb8l , Amazon.ca at http://tinyurl.com/bvlh7wx , Amazon.com at http://tinyurl.com/chq5d59 , Kobo at http://tinyurl.com/cc39yuk , Barnes and Noble at http://tinyurl.com/bthxaxk .
V. L. Murray is an author, poet, composer and editor. She lives in Surrey, British Columbia. Lynne has spent much of her life playing with music and interacting with the spoken and written word. She believes that form and punctuation are just other ways to make words sing. Lynne loves to write stories that intertwine the mystical and divine into everyday life and seeks to remind her readers that the other side is only a breath away.
Thanks for having me here today, Kay. I have enjoyed spending some time with you.
Thanks, Lynne, for being here. It was nice to get to know you better. And I look forward to reading more of your books.
Now for my review of A Halloween Tale. I give this book a five star review. I loved it.
Creepy elements to the story kept me reading, waiting to see what will happen. Because I just knew something was going to happen. Then after it happened it was so mysterious. Just a reminder that the other side is only a breath away. I will read more books by V. L. Murray. Thanks, Lynne, for a great read.