Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ghost Tour for FORGET ME NOT: Stop #4

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FORGET ME NOT is a paranormal verse novel exploring the story of a young girl, Ally Cassell, who makes a rash and desperate decision after compromising photos are texted around the school. She then finds herself vacillating between worlds with the ability to see ghosts.

There is someone else on campus who can see ghosts too – Elijah McCall. He’s loved Ally for years and would do anything to help her escape her in-between place, trapped on the H-hall. He knows it all too well. He spent some time there himself.

I got an early copy of FORGET ME NOT, and I devoured it in pretty much one sitting. Number one, it's written in verse, and this is extremely hard to do. So I was studying the structure and the words and everything.

And it's brilliant. If you like reading well-crafted stories with exactly the right words, you'll like FORGET ME NOT.

And today, I'm stop #4 on Carolee's Ghost Tour! Be sure to check out the first three stops here:
STOP 1 - Visited the places around the school where different ghosts gravitate depending on how they met their end.
STOP 2 - A ghost hunter video.
STOP 3 - Explored the history of the school.


You can win this Shakespeare necklace made specially for the Ghost Tour by leaving a comment, or following Carolee, or a bunch of other things. Links at the bottom of this post.

This post, STOP 4 on the tour, is an interview with Elijah McCall, but first check out this poem Ally wrote about Elijah.

ELIJAH WEARS BLACK
leather biker pants even
though he doesn’t ride

a bike. Total geek. Loose white
shirt and leather boots make him

look like Orlando
from As You Like It. He went
to the psych ward last

spring when his brother Frank died.
When he came back he kept to

himself. Sat alone
during lunch scribbling in his
notebook and then he

spent a whole month speaking in
iambic pentameter.

He knows what it’s like
to be the campus joke. I
would be safe with him.

The other kids think he’s lost
his mind. I think he’s found it.

Shakespeare is a mask
to hide the pain. I wonder—
if I found a mask,

put it on and tied it fast,
would I be okay again?

(from pg. 23 of FORGET ME NOT by Carolee Dean copyright 2012)
Contact the author for permission to reproduce


And now onto the interview with Elijah!

ELANA: It sounds like you spent some time on the H-hall yourself.

ELIJAH: Yes, that is when I started seeing ghosts.

ELANA: After you took the pills.

ELIJAH: ‘Twas not the brightest move. I must confess.

ELANA: I heard you spent some time in a psychiatric hospital, and when you got back to school, you spent a month speaking in iambic pentameter. Why is that?

ELIJAH: ‘Tis the meter of the famous bard.

ELANA: Yeah, I know a lot of Shakespeare’s characters spoke in iambic pentameter, but dude, real people don't talk that way.

ELIJAH: Shakespeare's just a mask to hide the pain.

ELANA: Do you realize you’re doing it now?

ELIJAH: What?

ELANA: Speaking in iambic pentameter.

ELIJAH: Oops.

ELANA: No. Its okay. We all have our little quirks.

ELIJAH: Some of us have more than our fair share.

ELANA: I can relate (bacon, anyone?). Another quirk-you said you can see ghosts. Does that ever bother you?

ELIJAH: A ghost is just a person who got stuck.

ELANA: That’s one way of looking at it.

ELIJAH: I must go now, but we will talk again.

ELANA: Thanks for coming, Elijah. I look forward to talking to you again.

THE CONTEST
You can win the Shakespeare necklace and other cool prizes by visiting GHOST TOUR CENTRAL Go to the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of the page. Or enter it here:
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And don’t forget to read about the making of the book trailer and watch the video HERE. It's seriously one of the coolest things I've seen done for a book, by teens.

Leave a comment to enter to win the Shakespeare necklace! And can you imagine writing a whole novel in verse? Trust me when I say it's hard to do. I know. I'm attempting it.

9 comments:

Carolee Dean said...

Thanks for being part of the tour!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've been excited about this book since first seeing the trailer!

Love the interview. :D

Angela Brown said...

So talented to wrote such beautiful and haunting words. Wishing Carolee the very best with this publication.

David P. King said...

You had me at "ghost." I'll keep my eyes open for this one. Great interview (can't stop laughing)! :)

Shallee said...

A paranormal verse novel?? That sounds amazing! I don't think I have the skill for something like that. Thanks for sharing, Elana.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Great stuff, girls! Thanks! And this book IS fantastic! I got to read it first - LOL.

Natalie Aguirre said...

This sounds like a good book, especially since it's written in verse. Not something you see with paranormal books. Thanks for sharing it.

ali cross said...

Ooh! A novel in verse ~ awesome!

Brenda Drake said...

I can't wait to read this book! Sounds amazing!