Sometimes I sit around at meetings with other children’s book authors and I wonder how I got here. I mean everyone else in the room has kids or loves kids or wants to make the world better for kids.
I don’t have them, think some of them are cool, and I have no idea what would make their world better.
So why do I write books for teens?
Because I want to write for the girls who are like me. Or at least like I was back in high school. The smart, quiet girls who have so much going on inside of them. The girls that no one notices. The girls who see everything.
I want to give them a character that they can relate to. Someone who wears glasses. Not just on test days to look smart like some of the girls in my high school did. Nope. She wears them everyday because contacts make her eyes itch. Her glasses are a part of her identity.
She’s also a size 12 on her best day and a 14 most days. Of course, she worries about how she looks. But she spends more time worrying about her grades and getting into a good college. She thinks about her future. She has dreams and goals and things that she wants to accomplish in her life. She was raised by a single mom and supportive grandparents. Growing up without a Dad, she learned early on that women can do everything on their own, and that’s how she lives her life.
She still thinks about boys, but she’s not boy crazy. That’s her best friend’s thing. Kat’s got a level head and she has scars. Deep down, she knows that guys can leave. Her dad did. So she’s not going to build her world around a guy.
Seeing everything that her mom accomplished, she wants to be like her—strong, independent, and capable. She’s the kind of girl that goes after what she wants. She’d like to meet a guy along the way, but she’s not basing her existence around finding him.
She’s not just killing time until the important stuff, a.k.a. a boyfriend, comes along. Right now is not the prelude to her real life with some guy. It’s her life and she’s living every moment of it. What she does counts. It all matters to her. For Kat, her life started the when she was born and she’s making every day count. If a guy comes along, he’ll be an important addition, but he’ll be one of the many chapters in the book of her life.
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.
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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