Monday, October 15, 2012

Spooktacular Day 15: Spooky Interview & Giveaway with author Laura Kaye

What kind of Halloween person are you? Dress up and party every year, give out candy maybe dressed up, or hide inside your house with the porch light off?

LOL! I used to love to dress up! Now I love seeing all the kids dress up as I hand out trick-or-treat candy. Sometimes I dress up, but I have as much fun dressing my daughters up! I think they’re both going with a Harry Potter theme this year…

Do you decorate outside for Halloween?

I have spooky flashing eyes I put in the bushes lining our sidewalk. I adore them! And I put candy corn lights in the trees on either side of our front door! Plus carved pumpkins—gotta have ‘em!

Are you a master pumpkin carver?

I’d give myself a solid B in the pumpkin carving category! LOL I’m pretty good at making basic carves faces but I don’t get too fancy…

Name 3 costumes you’ve worn and at what age.

Okay, I have pictures from college and graduate school, so I’m going with them: princess (age 18—look, I put a prom dress to good use!), French maid (age 20), cat (age 21).

Find a picture of a costume you love.

I was drawn to all the costumes that had gowns. After all, how often do you get to wear a full-out gown these days???

Tell us the scariest thing that has ever happened to you and it doesn’t have to be Halloween related.

Oh, geez. Well. It would have to be when me, my husband, and my two daughters (then 4 and 30 months) were caught in the middle of a mall shooting in November 2006. We were about 20 feet away from the shooter and the Secret Service agent who took him down. My older daughter asked “why the bad men did that” for the better part of a year.

Do you like haunted houses or mazes?

I love haunted houses! I love how they scare you even though you’re expecting things to jump out at you and you know it’s not real! So fun!

Do you believe in ghosts?

100% yes. Growing up, my whole family believed in them and told stories about them. I believe I’ve seen at least two. The first was when I was about 10. I was having a sleepover with my 12-year-old cousin in their old house. In the middle of the night, we both woke up and it was freezing in the room despite it being summer and there not being any air conditioning. A light appeared at the doorway, floated across the room, elongating as it went. By the time it reached the attic door in the far corner, the light had taken on the shape of a woman in a nineteenth-century gown. The light disappeared through the attic door. An early owner of the house was said to have died in an accident in the park across the street.

The second time was when I was 17. We lived next to two older ladies, sisters, Miss Patty and Miss Betty. Miss Betty had been sick and had been in the hospital for a few weeks. One morning, I cut through my backyard to run an errand and saw Miss Betty walking up the sidewalk in her yard. I was happy to see that she was better and said, “Hi, Miss Betty.” She smiled and nodded. When I got home, I was excited to tell my mom that Miss Betty was home, because she’d always been friendly with the sisters. But when I told her, she paled and said, “That’s not possible. Miss Patty just called to tell me Miss Betty died at the hospital this morning.”

True stories. Anyone else have goosebumps now?

What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

Oh, it has to be trick-or-treating! Free candy, people! *grins*

What is your favorite Halloween movie to watch or are you a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown sort?

I love spooky movies—the kind you have to watch from behind a pillow you’re squeezing the life out of, and the kind that make you yell at the characters not to be so stupid! I especially love vampire movies, like Underworld, Interview with the Vampire, etc.

Have you ever tricked instead of treated like toilet papering someone’s house or egging a person or house?

I can remember toilet papering the trees on my street when I was a tween. But our parents made us clean it all up the next day, so we didn’t do it again!

Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees?

Freddy Krueger is way scarier. Seriously freaky!

What’s your favorite Urban Legend?

Oh, it would absolutely have to be saying “Bloody Mary” three times into a mirror to make her appear. Holy crap that one got me every time as a kid!

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with all things paranormal. A published non-fiction author, Laura’s work as an historian and training as an archaeologist help her create vivid and accurate portrayals of other times and places. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Don’t miss Laura’s upcoming contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero, which releases on October 20 and includes an absolutely hilarious Halloween scene!

 Laura is giving away a $10 gift card and 1 ebook off her back list, winner's choice. Just leave a meaningful comment or question for Laura to enter. 

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Chrizette said...

I love the costume you chose, Laura. Wish we could also dress up :) Would love to have worn that medevil dress!

Becky said...

Laura, I love the costume that you chose. It would be nice to have someplace to wear a gown like that to beside for Halloween. I didn't get any goosebumps after reading your true stories about the ghost you seen Laura growing up, but I enjoyed reading about it. I've seen a ghost, but growing up I sometimes got a feeling that someone was standing next to me or behind me at times.
I'm looking forward to reading One Night with a Hero.

Evie said...

Great costumes! My favorite is the princess one :)

erin said...

thanks for a fun post! Those are some fun costumes :)

Laura Kaye said...

Yay! So glad you guys are enjoying the costumes! I wish we had a place to wear a gown like that, too! :)

Victoria said...

I love the costumes too. I haven't dressed up in years. If I did it would be a gown too. It just throws you back in time :).

Jyl22075 said...

Wow, love the costumes! I think the scariest thing that happened to you is terrifying. Thank goodness you all made it okay.

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Amy S. said...

Great post and costumes. I believe in ghosts too. My house is haunted. There is a lot of strange things and noises in my house.

Krista said...

Lol, free candy rocks at any age!

Blood Mary always freaked me out as a kid too. I didn't really believe in it, but why risk it???

Arely ZPerez said...

I love the costumes!! They're so pretty!

Laura Kaye said...

@Krista - LOL I totally agree!

@Victoria - yes, I feel that way about gowns, too!

Really enjoying reading all your comments, everyone!

Gayle Latreille said...

Loved the pics and costumes.


Jean Bowden said...

It is so cool to see how the costumes have changed and I really love the "dream costume" you have :-)
Thanks for sharing with us!

booklover0226 said...

Oh, what a fun post. I loved the pictures; they were cute.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

Love the costume you picked out.You looked great in yours too. Enjoyed reading the interview.

gamistress66 said...

I'm with you -- trick or treat is one of my fave holiday traditions. enjoyed going as a kid & enjoy having the kids stop at my place now that I'm grown up :)

Alison Rush said...

Thanks for stopping.. love the photos
alisongail99 (alison rush)

Texas Book Lover said...

Ohh I loved Bloody Mary too! Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Megan Bowie said...

I actually had a costume similar to the one you wanted in high school. My mom made it from a pattern at Joann Fabrics.

redzsm said...

Omg! I love your Halloween pics! I thought you were a mouse in the 3rd one, lol! What Harry Potter characters are the girls gonna be?

Thank you for this excellent giveaway!!

-Selena Mc

Laura Kaye said...

@Selena - I do look mouselike, don't I? Hmm. LOL

My older daughter is going to be Hermione. And now my younger one has changed her mind and will be Clawdeen from Monster High!

Really enjoying reading all your comments everyone! :)

Dian Aesha said...

i like the costume,,you are very pretty,,
thanks for the chance ^^

icha09 at gmail dot com

donnas said...

Great interview and fun pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Mel Bourn said...

My favorite part is the candy too!! We have a mom/dad tax. I love it! I get all the candy the kids don't like...Almond Joy.
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

bn100 said...

Fun Halloween costumes.


Denise Z said...

I so love your costumes! Thank you for sharing with us today. I tend to be a spooky movie gal year round, but some the seasons weeees must watch for the Great Pumpkin LOL

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