As a big fan of ghost stories, I’m excited to have the Ghost House tour stop by today where I got to interview Alexandra Adornetto, and you can enter to win before you go!
Series: The Ghost House Saga #1
Genre: Paranormal, YA
Publication date: August 26th 2014
by Harlequin Teen
From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.
After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…
Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.
To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.
Interview with Alexandra Adornetto
What’s the best word to describe Ghost House?
What’s the biggest challenge you had while writing this book?
Allowing Alex to be a 19th century gentleman with 19th century values, without making him come across as an oppressive or controlling figure in Chloe’s life. I feel like this was best avoided by making Chloe sassy and confident within herself. I couldn’t change Alex, but I could make sure she knew how to hold her own!
Do you have a favorite scene from Ghost House?
The flashback sequence where Alex is painting Isobel’s portrait in the summer house. I really loved their relationship and wished I could have explored it further. I want readers to know they were once passionate and crazy about each another. Their relationship was intense and beautiful in it’s own right. But that’s for another story!
Do you believe in ghosts? Did you ever have a creepy ghost encounter?
Yes and yes. I’ve had too many. When I was little I thought I could see ghosts all the time. Now, my encounters with them are more infrequent. I think my apartment might be haunted, though. Sometimes in the middle of the night, there’s this strange, inexplicable knocking that comes from inside the walls. It’s loud enough to make you jump, then it stops abruptly. Weird.
Was there anything that was cut from the book, or anything you wish you had done differently now that it’s finished?
In the original draft of the book, Chloe was sent to live at her Grandmother’s plantation in Belle Haven, Virginia. Alex was a ghost of the confederacy and Isobel was a dead Scarlett O’Hara. After visiting the UK last year, I changed the setting and the characters to 19th century England. I don’t regret the choice…thankfully!
You have one YA series about angels, and now one is about ghosts, what do you think you will be tackling in the future?
I think I will be moving away from the paranormal. I want to write something gritty and contemporary next, something more reflective of the things I am seeing and experiencing now at this stage of my life. I’d like to explore the challenges of relationships in the context of modern life.
What are some of the creepiest books you ever read?
Heart-Shaped by Joe Hill was pretty scary or The Yellow Wallpaper which is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It’s psychological, not supernatural at all, but it’s very disturbing. I tend to steer more toward the classics for inspiration. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, both have elements of a ghost story without having an actual ghost. I also love Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice.
About the Author
Alexandra Adornetto started writing at a very young age, with her first novel being released when she was only thirteen. A native of Australia, Alexandra moved to the US to study at the University of Mississippi. She is currently living in Hollywood and working on a number of film projects, both as a writer and an actress.
GHOST HOUSE is Alexandra’s seventh published novel and the first book in what will become her third trilogy. The first two novels of her beloved Halo series both debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and her books are sold in more than 25 countries worldwide.
This post is part of the Ghost House blog tour.
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