Today I am very pleased to be hosting a guest post by R.L. King. You can find out a bit more about him and his books and enter a giveaway below the guest post! Over to Mr King then:
First I would like to thank you for having me on Eternally Books for my very first international guest post!
Haley Mathers: The Ghost Interview
By R. L. King
In Dead Heart, the main character, Doctor Paul Vieyra is haunted by three ghosts who died on his operating table. When I started writing this story, I had all the ghosts I needed and no plans for any more, but early into the first draft the ghost of a seven year old girl named Haley Mathers came out. Soon after, she began making things happen in both my world and hers. Everything has been moving so fast since I published this novel, and I have been waiting to do a character interview with her because I want answers to a few questions of my own.
R.L.: Hello Haley, it’s very nice to meet you finally.
Haley: Thank you, Mr. King. You talk funny.
R.L.: Well, that’s because I live in Oklahoma, and I have a little bit of an accent.
Haley: You sound like a cowboy in the movies. If you want, I can draw a picture of you on a horse, because I like to draw horses.
R.L.: Not right now, but I do want to talk to you about your pictures. It seems that you are able to draw some very unusual pictures, and then make them do special things; do you want to tell me how you can do that?
Haley: Well, I used to draw all the time when I was alive. My big brother taught me how to draw horses, and we spent a lot of time in the hospital drawing and reading books. Now when I get bored I just draw a line with my finger and watch it change colors. Then I can make the pictures move by wiggling my finger.
R.L.: That’s it? Can you tell me how you make it move?
Haley: I don’t know. It’s like I am pulling it with invisible strings.
R.L.: Okay, let me ask you this. How is it that you can kick the other ghosts and make things happen in the real world?
Haley: I kicked the other ghost in the leg because he was being a mean potty-mouth. But he said he was sorry and we are best friends now.
R.L.: And what about making things happen in the real world, how do you do those things? I always wanted to know, is it magic or something?
Haley: I only do those things to help my friends. I don’t want my friends to get hurt. It is not magic, not like the witches on Halloween; it is like a real kind of magic.
R.L.: You are very brave for a little girl, is there anything you are still afraid of now that you are a ghost?
Haley: Spiders. They are icky and they bite.
R.L.: Since you came along so unexpectedly, you and I never really got to sit down and talk. You have so many unique abilities, is there anything you can do that we don’t know about yet?
Haley: Yes. The other ghosts said it would be funny to move people’s keys and then put them back somewhere they have already looked.
R.L.: I agree, that is funny, but is there anything you can do that you think is strange?
Haley: Yes, I can make flowers grow when I try to smell them. They get taller and happier. And babies giggle when I make funny faces.
R.L: I know that right now there is not a sequel planned for Dead Heart, but if the readers ever demand one, would you like to come back and visit with us at Eternally Books?
Haley: Yes, I would like to come back.
R.L: One last thing before we go. What do you want for Christmas?
Haley: Well, I guess I would like a puppy. I know I can’t have one because I am a ghost, but if I could, I would like a ghost-puppy.
Publisher: 48fourteen (August 30, 2012)
Publication Date: August 30, 2012