I’m thrilled to welcome the author of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, K.C. Tansley. She is indeed one of the hardest working writers I know.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kat Preston
By K.C. Tansley
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.
In my novel, there are lots of things you’ll discover about Kat Preston, but here are five things that didn’t quite make it into the book. Scenes that showcased these sides of Kat ended up on the editing room floor.
1) What you see in the book: Kat’s a smart, academically driven girl. She has goals and she’s on her way to achieving them.
What didn’t make it into the book: Kat’s driven to succeed and prove herself because deep down she doesn’t feel like she was good enough to keep her father around. So she keeps trying to be better and better. To prove that she is worthy of his attention.
2) What you see in the book: Kat has lived a very unusual life for a teenager. She’s spent lots of time abroad with her archaeologist mother on digs.
What didn’t make it into the book: She very independent and even spent a summer abroad in China. She got lost near the Great Wall, but met a nice family who helped her out.
3) What you see in the book: Kat’s maternal grandparents took care of her after school when her mom was working.
What didn’t make it into the book: She loves them dearly and they are the most stable thing in her life. But she’s never told them about the ghosts. Partly because she’s afraid of the ghosts coming back, and partly because she’s afraid they won’t be able to accept what she can do. She can’t bear to lose them.
4) What you see in the book: Kat doesn’t have a lot of friends. She tends to keep to herself.
What didn’t make it into the book: Kat has trouble making friends. She’s more comfortable with books and antiques than with people. She gets on well with adults, but kids her own age aren’t easy for her to click with. Also carrying a big secret (knowing that the unbelievables exist and pretending they don’t) makes it hard to bond with people. That’s why her friendship with Morgan is really important to her.
5) What you see in the book: Kat doesn’t know what to make of Seth.
What didn’t make it into the book: He’s everything she doesn’t like, but she gets nervous around him. She can’t help being attracted to him, but she would never want to date someone like him.
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.