Interview with Kim Baccellia: ‘I’ve always loved a good ghost tale’

Sacramento Historical CemeterySacramento Historical Cemetery where one of the author’s relatives was buried but later relocated due to expanding the city

Following the light can’t be that hard, right?  So why don’t the dead just do it and leave Stephanie Steward alone?  However nothing is ever as simple as it should be as Stephanie learns when her hidden ‘gift’ becomes more than a nuisance, quickly turning into a liability.  If she can’t learn to trust someone with her secret, the world as she knows it will go to hell.  Literally.  But if she doesn’t choose wisely, she might just end up learning firsthand how hard it is to follow that light.  Because she’s next on the list to be crossed out.

This is the exciting premise of Kim Baccellia’s new paranormal young adult fiction novel, Crossed Out!  We interviewed Kim to find out more about her book, picnicking in cemeteries and getting ghosties to cross into the light.  Enjoy!

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Kim BaccelliaThank you for this interview, Kim.  Can we begin by having you tell everyone what your new book, Crossed Out is all about?

Kim: Stephanie Stewart has this little gift—she’s a rescuer, someone who helps murdered girls.  It’s up to her to make and decorate talismans of their faith to help them cross to the other side.  Then a rescue goes terribly wrong.  The rules have changed and she has to learn to get over her trust issues in order to get help.

I’m so in love with ghostie books.  Why did you decide to write a paranormal?

Kim: I’ve always loved a good ghost tale.  I thought I’d write one too.  The idea was pitched to me by my husband.  I just expanded it to include murdered girls.  My own sister had been murdered back in 1993 by her ex-boyfriend, who lead the police on a high speed chase and then killed himself.  I often wondered if the dead might not think they were in fact, dead?  A personal experience I had only verified this.  So I included in my story.

Okay, I want to hear more about these picnics in cemeteries!  Spooky!

Kim: LOL.  It’s kind of the in thing right now.  My mother used to tell us how they’d have picnics in cemeteries.  I’ve always been fascinated with the past.  One of my favorite places to go to when I lived in Sacramento was the cemetery off Broadway.  One of my ancestors was buried there but was ‘relocated’ during the 50s.  They still had the ledger with the info on his death back in the early 1900s.  He died of consumption—TB. I also found another relative who died in 1913—Inez Baccellia at age 49 of TB too.

Crossed OutI would love to hear more about your main character, Stephanie.  She has a gift of sending ghosties to the light?

Kim: Yes.  Stephanie found out about this gift on accident after her friend Allison went missing.  Later, she showed up and told Stephanie she needed help.  She showed her where she was killed.  After that Stephanie had more ‘visits’.  She tried to tell someone but that only got her into a psych ward.  So needless to say she has mega trust issues.

Can you tell us one of the problems she faces trying to send them to the light?

Kim: She has a window of time to get a cross to the place of the victim’s murder or else the spirit will be trapped on Earth.  She’d been doing fine until one rescue goes terribly wrong.  This means she has to get over her trust issues fast.

Do you know of anyone personally who has the power to do this?

Kim: No.  But it would be an interesting calling, don’t you think?

Will you be having more paranormals come out in the near future, Kim?

Kim: I’m currently working on the sequel to Crossed Out.  Tentative title is Cross the Line.  Book two of The Rescuers.  I’ve also been playing around with writing a book in Dylan’s POV so he can share his paranormal gift too.

Finally, I like to ask authors this question…what is your passion?  What is it that you’re more passionate about than anything else?

Kim:  Writing ,reading, and chocolate.  My idea of heaven has to be a place with endless supply of books and chocolate.

Thanks for coming, Kim!  Do you have any final words?

Kim: Thanks for having me!  And check out my book Crossed Out!  Available now at Amazon.

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