on Sept. 15, 2012
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Ella McKaye returns home for her grandmother's funeral to find she's inherited a ton of money and a run down mansion she never knew existed, called Grey Manor. Her greedy mother is appalled when the will stipulates specifically that Ella can't give her any of the inheritance. She quickly throws Ella out of her home forcing her to take up immediate residence in the spooky old mansion.
Within minutes of entering her new home she has a strange interaction with a creepy old mirror in the main hallway and the ghostly inhabitants of the past get more and more agitated the longer Ella's there. Nearly fatal back to back accidents make Ella start to wonder if she's angered some ghost or if there is something more sinister at work.
Will Ella unravel the deadly mystery before she becomes a ghost herself? Or will fate take another one of the Grey ancestors to the grave.
Interview with T. Lynne Tolles
When did you start writing, was it something that you always wanted to do, or was it a passion you discovered later in life?
It’s actually a funny story. I enjoyed writing in school, but never really liked to be told what to write about. Given that, I never really expected it would be something I would pursue.
A couple of years ago after an exceptionally wet winter and spring of reading a pile of books, I wondered if I could come up with a story of my own. When my teenage daughter announced she was bored (as all teens can be during the summer months) I suggested to her to make a graphic novel. She’d always been good at writing and she was an exceptional artist. She poopoo-ed the idea as being to hard, so I told her if she would try to do a graphic novel, I would attempt to write a book.
Needless to say, she never made a graphic novel, but I did write a book and got totally addicted to writing in doing so.
Where do you find your inspiration?
All sorts of things; life experiences, pictures, songs, and dreams.
Planner or Pantser?
I’ve been asked this one a lot. It depends…Some are very planned out, some just kind of fall out of my head an on to the computer. All in all though, there is a certain amount of planning in any book that must be done, even if its just research.
What’s your favorite writing snack?
Usually I’m dieting, so snacking is a ‘No, No’. However when I do indulge, I will say that my favorite thing is baked macs and cheese and Ben and Jerry’s Yogurt (Cherry Garcia to be specific).
Any advice for writers just starting out?
I suppose one might call me a non-conformist in that, I don’t maintain that there is a right way and a wrong way to write. Many might say that this is the reason I’ll never make it big in the writing world.
My philosophy is this: if you love what you write, that passion will show through in your writing and your readers will react to it. Writing is about telling a story and relaying the emotions and feelings the characters might have in that telling. This is how you relate to your readers. You strike a chord with them when they can say, “I’ve felt that way before,” or “That happened to me once,” otherwise the story is just words on a piece of paper – there’s no life or substance to it.
What is up next for you?
Just finished a book called ‘Finding Midnight: A Hellhound Tail’. Hoping to have it out by late October for the Undead Convention I’m attending in New Orleans the weekend before Halloween.
I’ll be starting work on the sequel to the new book soon. I’ve also have some interesting ideas for some books but have not had time to start them, so I hoping to be able to get to them very soon.
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