Although summer is behind us, this spotlight was delayed so we could celebrate K.C.’s October release. Congratulations!
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
All my life I’ve always wanted to see the castles in Scotland and Ireland. I’ve been to England a few times, but I’ve somehow never made it to Scotland and Ireland. I would love to see the Isle of Skye in Northern Scotland and the Northern Lights while I’m there. And I would want to stay in a castle. That’s a must. I even planned a trip back on 2007, but I never actually took it. Sigh. I think that may be my next big trip when I have the funds and the ear function to do it.
What are some of the events in your life that made you who you are?
My senior year of college, a close friend was diagnosed with cancer. Within a year, he had died. I promised myself that I would never take life as a given. I wouldn’t put things off for later because later might never come. I started living my life in 2-year increments. Every two years I would re-evaluate everything. If I wasn’t happy or there was something else I wanted in my life, I would go after it. I changed jobs, got my master’s degree, moved to new cities, changed careers, started new relationships, and I traveled while I could. I never took tomorrow as a given. I still don’t. My decisions are based on the now and immediate future, not the distant future that may not be coming.
I lived in Manhattan on September 11, 2001. That day changed everything. It stripped away the sense of security I had. I still remember how the air stung my nostrils for days afterward. At the makeshift memorial in Union Square Park, I grieved with my fellow New Yorkers. It reinforced to me that life can be snuffed out in an instant and that every moment matters. It pushed me to do things that scared me and to live as much as I can in whatever time I have here.
If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
Be a problem solver, not a problem creator in this world.
I call it the Post Office syndrome because everyone goes into the Post Office without doing any research, as if there is no Internet and no way to find information to answer their questions. Then they walk up to the window completely helpless. “How can I send this?” they ask. They tie up the line for 20 minutes with questions. They want to hear about every option. No. Take responsibility and try to solve your own problems. You want to ship a package, then research your options—it’s all there online. Figure out your best options.
She tried to ignore them. Now she might risk everything to save them.
After a summer spent in a haunted castle—a summer in which she traveled through time to solve a murder mystery—Kat is looking forward to a totally normal senior year at McTernan Academy. Then the ghost of a little girl appears and begs Kat for help, and more unquiet apparitions follow. All of them are terrified by the Dark One, and it soon becomes clear that that this evil force wants Kat dead.
Searching for help, Kat leaves school for the ancestral home she’s only just discovered. Her friend Evan, whose family is joined to her own by an arcane history, accompanies her. With the assistance of her eccentric great aunts and a loyal family ghost, Kat soon learns that she and Evan can only fix the present by traveling into the past.
As Kat and Evan make their way through nineteenth-century Vienna, the Dark One stalks them, and Kat must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save a ghost.
1 sentence summary:
When an ancestor’s ghost begs her for help, Kat risks herself—and the friend who’s sworn to protect her—by traveling in time to nineteenth-century Vienna.
K.C Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two quirky golden retrievers 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 her award-winning and bestselling first novel in The Unbelievables series.
As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.
You can find out more about her at: http://kctansley.com
Author Website: http://kctansley.com