Monday, July 4, 2022

INTERVIEW WITH LAURA MICHAUD (The Ghostwriter of New Orleans)


Are you having a good start to July? We have a treat for you. Author Laura Michaud stopped by to answer our three fave questions. Welcome, Laura!

SC: Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.

LM: The main character of my book is a ghost named James. He’s a teenager that has recently passed away and finds himself as part of a group of ghosts that inhabit his high school. He’s finding it hard to play by their rules and not try to connect with his grieving girlfriend Margot, and then he also finds out he has a bigger and more serious decision to make about his fate.

SC: Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?

LM: I do. I think there are definitely different forms of energy around us. I don’t have a specific moment in time example that I can think of to share, but I have multiple experiences of not feeling alone somewhere suddenly, or feeling like someone is with you or sending you a message.

SC:  What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about? 

LM: The Ghostwriter of New Orleans is the first in a series, so I am working on the follow-up now.

SC: Terrific! Let's take a look at this novel now. Thank for chatting with us. 

The Ghostwriter of New Orleans
Laura Michaud

Genre: YA, YA Paranormal
Publisher: Pelican/Arcadia Publishing
Date of Publication: 3/28/22
ISBN: 978-1455626243
ASIN: 1455626244
Number of pages: 192
Word Count: approx 55k

Cover Artist: Julie Buckner

Tagline: What if fate got it wrong this time?

Book Description: 

When a boy dies and becomes a ghost in his high school, he creates life-changing consequences for the entire student body when he communicates with his girlfriend by underlining passages in her favorite book in the library.  

But he finds that he also has a decision to make–accept his fate or take a dark path back and start a new life?

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How many times have you forgotten to do something small? Shut a window before it rains? Take your phone with you? Do up a button on your shirt? Grab your homework on your way out the door? On the day that seals my fate, I forget to look over my shoulder.

Right before it happens everything is the same. I get the same rush of freedom that I always get in my stomach when I leave the school parking lot, hit the gas, and make a right turn onto St. Charles Avenue. The same line of live oak trees cast their tunnel of shadows over the street. I see their branches moving, so I turn the air conditioning off, roll my windows down, ignore the text messages blowing up my phone, and turn the Jimi Hendrix music (that I only listen to when I am by myself) way up. The sweat starts to pool up around the white collar of my school uniform, but the feeling of the wind across my face is totally worth it. What I do not know is that this is the last time I will ever do it.

I guess if you asked me what I do know for sure in those last moments I would say that I am a pretty fast runner, I am decent at guitar, and that Margot Cramer is the love of my life.

About the Author:

Laura Michaud grew up with her face in a book, so it was natural that she would spend some time in the publishing industry before becoming a children’s librarian and writer. A native of New York and New England, she has called the amazing city of New Orleans home since 2004. The Ghostwriter of New Orleans is her first novel.

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