First off, congrats to K.C. on her new YA book-baby! Cupcakes and cigars all around! Check out K.C.’s thoughts on writing and worldbuilding (which I totally relate to), then keep reading to learn a little something-something about her new release, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.
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In 2006, I was devastated by the coming end of the Harry Potter series. I hated knowing that I had to say goodbye to Harry and Hermione. Sure, there was that last book and I could always reread the rest of the series. (And I did.) But we would never take a new adventure together. That’s what started me thinking about writing my own series. I wanted to be able to spend as many years with my characters as I wanted and never have to part from them until I was ready.
When I started crafting the story world for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, I always saw it as the first book in The Unbelievables series. Because I like to write very specific worlds, it takes a lot of time to build them. If I only visit my story world for one book, well, that just seems like such a waste to me. Plus, I invest so much time and emotion developing my characters. I get really attached to them. I need to be able to go on new adventures with them.
For The Unbelievables series, the original concept demanded several books. I have four central families and I wanted to explore each family’s individual struggle and their role in the group struggle. I sketched it out and it felt like 5-6 books to me.
I loved knowing that I would have time to go deep into my characters. To trace their roots back generations and tell a story that began hundreds of years ago. I love the grand scale of an epic saga—showing what secrets and betrayals can do across generations. I enjoy exploring the unintended consequences of actions and how it all matters in the end. Every single action my characters take contributes to what happens in that novel and in the series as a whole.
Being a huge fan of mysteries, I realized with a series I could build a mystery into each novel and also have an overarching mystery that ran through the series and culminated in the final installment. I was thrilled to have so many threads I could weave through each book.
Even now as The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is being published, I am hard at work on the sequel. It’s great to be able to continue Kat and Evan’s story. And to know that another sequel is just around the bend.
And even when Kat’s story ends, I know that there is the possibility of branching off within my story world. I can go back generations or forward generations. I can stay in the same time and delve into someone else’s point of view. It’s pretty amazing to think of all the places I can go with The Unbelievables series.
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About The Book
In The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally time travels to 1886 Connecticut, where she must share a body with a rebellious Victorian lady, prevent a gruesome wedding night murder, disprove a deadly family curse, and find a way back to her own time.
About K.C. Tansley
K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.
Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.
As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.
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