The Whirlwind of TGWIG


Flash Fiction Writing Contest Update

Big thank you to everyone who entered the Tell Me Your Ghost Story Contest! It closed to entries on July 15th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

I have been reading through them all again. You made my job very, very difficult. Seriously talented writers all sent their work into this contest.

If I could have sent you all on to my editor, I would have. Whittling it down to the top ten is not an easy task. I don’t know how my editor will figure out who the top 3 are.

I will be posting the first, second, and third prize winner  here on the blog by August 5th and also contacting them by email.


I’m hard at work on the sequel to TGWIG. Since June 9th, I’ve drafted 60k words or 250 pages, if you prefer. It’s the most rigorous writing schedule I’ve ever attempted. 4-5 solid writing hours every day.

I’m also doing a ton of research as I write. I’m kinda enjoying the travel journals, but if one more person writes, “the hotel was nice,” I am going to lose my mind.

I need to know what a hotel in 1831 was like. I have several scenes in one. Nice isn’t going to cut it!


Promo Activities

With less than two weeks until the release of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, I’m in a promo frenzy.

Still writing guest blog posts. The majority of them are done, but I have a few more in my queue.

Finishing edits to an essay for the YA Review Network. Somehow that file got corrupted. So everytime I saved it, it garbled up. I finally had to open a clean Word document and retype the entire 10 page essay into it. I nearly lost my mind over that tech kerfuffle.

I’m working on workshops for school visits in the fall. I have one I’m polishing up. Two others are in the drafting stage.

I’ve bought ad space online and in print.

Signed TGWIG Book Giveaways

Right now, there are a couple giveaways going on for signed copies of TGWIG:


Reading Away the Days

Fresh Fiction

TGWIG Facebook Launch Party

I’m planning TGWIG’s Facebook party. There will be games and giveaways on August 3rd between 6-8 p.m EST. If you want to swing by on Facebook, here’s the party page:

Upcoming Author Events

August 1, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Madison, CT, at the Madison Green (26 Meeting House Rd): Selling and Signing copies of TGWIG

August 13, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., in Waterbury, CT, at John Bale Book Company (158 Grand Street): Selling and Signing copies of TGWIG

August 27, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Wolcott, CT, at La Fortuna Restaurant (388 Wolcott Rd): Community Dinner Night with Local Author (proceeds to benefit the Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance): Selling and Signing copies of TGWIG and donating $1 from every book sale to the Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance.

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34 Responses to The Whirlwind of TGWIG

  1. Busy, busy, busy! I’m so excited to hear about everything that’s been going on. I think I’ve signed up for the FB launch party and will try to be there; we have visitors that week so I’ll do what I can. We leave for Lake Tahoe this week and TGWIG is coming with me. I’d meant to read it before now, but beta reading two manuscripts this summer wiped out most of my reading hours! I’ll make sure to get my review up on Goodreads before the release date. Is it okay if I pass my ARC onto another reader once I’ve finished?

    • Thanks! It feel like I eat, sleep, and breathe this release. 😉 Cool. No worries if you have plans–it’s summer time. 🙂 Oh Tahoe–I’m jealous. Yay! Thanks for taking it along to read. I’ve been told it’s a fast read. It’s 240 pages. Wow two that a lot in one summer. Aw thank you. Sure, please ask them to leave a review if they can–every single one counts! 🙂

      • Okay, great. I wasn’t sure what the rules were with ARC’s. I’m thinking I’ll pass it along to my 16-year-old niece, who’s a voracious reader. I have a feeling she’ll enjoy the supernatural and historical elements.

        • Thanks for asking. The big no no is trying to resell them. If you want to pass it along to a few reader friends that’s cool especially if they are willing to post a review. 🙂 She’s my target reader. Yes, definitely pass it along to her. 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Glad to hear your contest went so well, but sorry to hear about the lost essay. How frustrating that must have been, especially when your plate is so full!

    • Thanks Carrie. I really loved the entries. Such talented writers popping by here. Wow. I felt like I was in a literary salon back in the 1800s. 😉 OMG, that essay nearly made me lose my mind. I didn’t realize track changes could be so nasty. Never had that problem with my editor and we track changed our way through so many versions of TGWIG. I decided there was a demon in that file. 😉

  3. Ally Bean says:

    Congrats. Your work is paying off– and all your events sound exciting to me. Looking forward to the release of your next book. And finding out who wins the story contest. 🙂

  4. I just love the way you never do anything by halves Kourtney.. And I wish you well with that writing schedule.. And I wish all of those who entered your competition GOOD LUCK for the final top 3… 🙂 I look forward to seeing the results of the lucky winners..

    Love and Blessings.. Sue xxx

  5. EllaDee says:

    Love the photos and artwork. I’m excited and looking forward to reading TGWIG.
    Have you seen this site?

  6. Thanks. Lots to do everyday. 🙂

  7. Mayumi-H says:

    Good luck with the draft and the research! I admire you, that you don’t get lost in research. (That happens to me all the time.) Sorry I could not come through with the hotel stuff, too, but all of my Viennese research was for modern-day. I’m sure you will find some great resources, though. The architecture alone from that era is sure to be full of story springboards!

    I am behind and did not realize you had pre-orders open. I will do so now! <3

    • Thanks. I tend to be very focused on what I need for the scene. As I skim, I might come across a cool detail to add in too. I’ve actually got the plot and story down, I’m just trying to get the setting accurate. Like were the roads paved in the city? Did hotels have room services in 1831? Those kinds of details are really essential when you have 5 scenes set in a hotel room. 😉 I found a great book on grand hotels from 1830-1930.

      Aw it’s all good. Thanks. I really appreciate it. The preorders are essential to get the ranking high enough for Amazon to promote it. 🙂

  8. Lori says:

    It all sounds very exciting.

    I’m not a fan of doing research. I have a WIP that takes place from the 1950’s to today (and beyond). If you have any suggestions for me on any sites for research, I’d gladly welcome them.

    Keep up the good work, Kourtney, and good luck with everything.

    • Thanks. I’ve never researched anything that recent. All my time travel in my novels has been to the 19th century. But I bet there is a ton of stuff online for an era that recent. Most of my research is from the library–books on European cities, fashion, and travel journals from that time. It really depends what you’re looking for. It can get very very time consuming to find certain details. You picked a much easier period to research, especially if it’s in the US. 🙂

  9. Excellent job on your sequel draft, Kourtney! Your hard work and dedication will pay off. I look forward to your guest post. As soon as I get everything into WP, I’ll email a draft for your review.

    • Thanks Jill. Never have I ever written this fast. I truly didn’t think it was possible until I pushed myself to do it. Thanks. I hope so. Thank you so much for having me. Awesome. I really appreciate it. 🙂

      • I know the feeling, Kourtney. The book I submitted last week was written in 3 months. You’re welcome anytime!

        • Before I had official deadlines, I used to aim for 3-6 months to lay down a draft. Now I know I can do it in 6-8 weeks. That’s really cool to know. Though I wouldn’t want to have to keep up this schedule all year. 🙂 Wow, that’s terrific drafting time. Congrats!

  10. jmmcdowell says:

    Phew, good luck with the hotel research on top of all that work! Depending on where your hotel is located, historical newspapers for the area might have some ads, especially for the bigger cities. The Library of Congress has a number of papers from across the country going back to 1836 at that might be helpful. State Archives might also have earlier ones, especially for the Colonial area. But if the hotel’s in Austria, that’s a bit more of a search!

    • My hotel is in Vienna, which is why it’s been tough to research. I don’t read German. I have tried to find info on hotels in London and Paris to approximate. Oh, that’s a cool resource, I’ll check it out. Just knowing what a hotel room would entail in 1831 helps. I’m pretty sure a restaurant in the hotel is normal. Room service seems possible if it was posh enough. 🙂

  11. It’s very exciting to share in the build up with you Kourtney, you have so much going on but it all seems so positive and has a real sense of buzz about it – and yet still managing to write so much of the sequel too 🙂

    • Thanks for being a part of this with me. 🙂 Lots of great stuff going on. I do get frazzled and cranky and overwhelmed, I just do it mostly offline. 😉 I’ve decided to cut back to two classes next term so I can get it all done. This was the hardest I ever pushed myself, but I think it is worth it. 🙂

  12. Ugh, losing that essay in the midst of everything you have going on must have been difficult to manage. But, I’m happy to hear everything else seems to be going swimmingly!

    • It was such a time suck. I really wanted to just give up on it at that point. But I’d invested so many hours already I had to keep going. For the most part, things are going well. Hiccups here and there, but nothing unmanageable. 🙂

  13. Whew – what a summer’s dance is going on. (snarl about the MIA essay. But that over now)
    I’m a bit late but have you tried contacting/emailing a local prof (history?sociology?) or German society for help about the hotel description? Appreciate you making such an effort to get it right – makes the story even more real.
    (Not on FB, but will be cheering the party!)

    • That’s a cool suggestion. I haven’t had time to search for an expert and shoot them an email, but that’s always an option to explore too. 🙂 I figure there’s going to be a couple rounds of revisions and at some point if anything sneaks through my editor will call me on stuff that’s wrong. She’s awesome like that. Thanks so much!

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