Title: The Legend of the Light Keeper
Series: The Light Keeper Series
Publication Date: March 25, 2015
Synopsis: After a hurricane destroys her home, Lily Jordan is ready for life to get back to normal. That would be easy if her mother’s recent engagement hadn’t landed her in a house along Southeast Texas’ most haunted ghost road.My Review:
I did enjoy the paranormal aspect of this book, as it seemed well considered and thought out. Though I did feel that the narrative was a bit rushed, and that the story would have greater potential by slowing drown the pace a little bit.
Another aspect of the story I found surprising was how the maincharacter was hooking up with her step-brother. This is a rather rebellious and taboo issue and did make the book more intriguing. Also the absence of parental interference could be why the affair managed to go on.
That aside, the narrative was at some points a bit blurry and hard to follow, the amazing details made up for it.
Tell me a little about your book, something that is not in the general synopsis:
– Lily’s new friends Owen and Hunter are brothers. They live with their Granny and are the only other people living out on the road with Lily and Talon and their parents. Owen has feelings for Lily that no one can understand. They learn something really interesting about each other and it makes things much more confusing for poor Owen.
What inspired this story?
– I really just wanted to write a book that no one else had ever written, about something that I was familiar with. I thought it would be cool to take a hometown legend, in this case the legend of the Bragg Road Ghost Light, and make up my explanation as to what the Light is.
It was always just an interesting story to me and I was skeptical about it existing as more than just debunked headlights or swamp gas. Then it was about a year after I started writing the book, that I had my experience with the Light, while on a drive down the road with my family. It was something I can’t explain and something I’ll never forget.
Where did the inspiration come from for the characters in your book?
– I never really base a character off any one person I know, but I take little tidbits and character traits in general and create my characters. I knew I wanted to write about a girl who was more than a pretty face and one that would be brave even if she was terrified, and learn to embrace her powers and be herself.
What kind of research did you do for this story?
– Since my story is written about a real local ghost road legend, I did do research on the road and the theories. I then took a lot of those and molded them into my story, weaving little threads of them throughout, but taking creative liberties with them as well.
All of the legends and historical events spoken of are real, but not all took place directly where I wrote them to. When world building I had to simplify things a bit. There are little nods to my hometown throughout, such as places that inspired me, but only someone from my hometown would probably understand them. That was fun to do.
Do you believe in ghosts?
– Yes, I also believe in varying degrees and types of hauntings.
What are some of your favorite ghost stories?
– It’s hard to name a popular one, there are so many, but for me I really love hearing other people tell their accounts. It’s fascinating to me to listen to someone’s experience and be able to see their emotions when they tell them.
Have you ever been to a haunted house?
– Yes, I have. I have a friend I grew up with that lived in a house where I experienced things when I would sleep over. Sounds, seeing apparitions, windows closing on their own, and she even had her own claims of poltergeist type hauntings. Her mother always said the house was haunted by a little girl and one of our other friends believed that the little girl followed her home one night.
There have been other places where I felt things but I think that most houses will take on the energy of the people who once lived there. I believe that our emotions and energies leave imprints.
Do you have a favorite author, books or genre?
– I’ve always leaned more toward paranormal of some kind though I do read others. My favorite author, that’s much trickier, I really admire J.R. Ward. I’d love to pick her brain for a day.
While my book doesn’t have any vampires, I usually tend to lean toward books about or that include them and funny enough, they aren’t that scary. I love “The Mortal Instruments”, “The Morganville Vampires”, and “The Vampire Academy” series just to name a few. The scariest book I’ve ever read was “Pet Semetary” by Stephen King. That really creeped me out.
What are some of your favorite paranormal films/tv shows?
– I love paranormal TV. I love anything that tells me about history and legends and I also love TV series like “The Originals”, “Vampire Diaries”, and “Bates Motel”. As far as movies, I love all kinds but I have a deep love for classics and old Hitchcock and horror films. “Arsenic” and “Old Lace” is one of my favorites because it deals with the macabre serial killing aunts, but does so with humor and I love Cary Grant. I also love psychological thrillers..
If you could describe The Legend of the Light Keeper in 3 sentences what would they be?
– Lily is a not-so-normal girl seeking normalcy who learns that her new home holds deep secrets of her powers and lineage. She’s thrust into a new living arrangement and quickly falls for her soon-to-be step-brother. Strange things start to happen and all comes together when she’s given an old diary for her birthday that leads her to her purpose and her new power.
Will this be a series? If so how many parts?
– Yes, this will be a series of five books. I’m very excited about it!
Do you have a favorite place or time to write?
– I feel like I am always writing, whether I’m behind this keyboard or not. I love to take morning walks and think out what I want to write, and then I go home, pile up in my comfy chair with the laptop, and write it out. I feel my mind is much clearer then.
What do you feel is the hardest part of writing? The easiest?
The hardest part for me is working out the small details and tying everything together. That’s also the most fun, though. The easiest is creating character descriptions and names. I like simple names with simple spelling.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Write. Do it daily, do it for yourself, and don’t let anyone else’s opinions hinder you from writing what you want. Once you get it all written and you decide to edit or let someone else edit (which I highly recommend!) then you need to be brutal and brave. Some parts of your beloved creation will die. Kill them!
Finally, what do you want the reader to take away from The Legend of the Light Keeper?
– This story is an introduction to my series. I really want the reader to get a good feel for the characters, understand their situations, and relate to them. This is a series about learning to embrace your inner gifts. Like Lily, we all have some special gift inside of us whether it’s that one is really good at a hobby, loves to read, or is empathetic to others.
I want my readers to realize that it is okay to be themselves and let their inner gifts shine. Once we learn to embrace our talents and gifts and what makes us unique, that is when we really begin to shine and that’s when great things happen. The Light exists and it’s in us all.
Kelly Hall was born and raised in Southeast Texas, and lives in a small town just a stone’s throw from the ghost road where her Light Keeper series is based. When she’s not busy writing, or spending time with her husband and two sons, this self-proclaimed creative junkie dabbles in many different forms of art, including cake decorating and mixed media.
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