Dead Scary: The Ghost Who Refused to Leave

Dead Scary: The Ghost Who Refused to Leave - Sally Gould

I've always enjoyed books of the paranormal nature. While the focus in today's world seems to be more on vampires and werewolves, I enjoy a book that focuses on a good old fashioned ghost story. 

Sally Gould has written a wonderfully clever and charming young adult/children's book about a young boy and the ghost he is forced to interact with. I enjoyed the fresh approach she took with the genre and found myself chuckling on more than one occasion. 

The plot is well paced and I enjoyed each of the characters and their distinct personalities. The plot definitely took a few turns that I wasn't expecting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Overall a fun and wonderful read for all ages. 

Some Bio Information

Sally Gould loved books from a young age, but never considered writing them. While she was busy getting up to the mischief that teenagers get up to, she forgot about books all together. Then total insanity took hold and she became a corporate lawyer. Fortunately, she had two sons and they inspired her to write stories for children. Of course, her oldest son is responsible, logical, studious, considerate, grateful and even makes his bed. The youngest one is only interested in having fun - lots of it. And, except for his teachers, he makes everyone laugh. Their antics have inspired many of Sally's stories. Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her family and two dogs - Pebbles, who is sensible, and Jade, who just wants to have fun.
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1. What inspired you to write this book?

When my youngest son was little, he’d often wake screaming terrified of the ghost in his room. His experiences were so consistent and his terror so real that I did some research and realized that it’s a fairly modern idea that There is no such thing as ghosts (as I’d been told when I was little). I read a number of books about earthbound spirits and found Mary Ann Winkowski’s When Ghosts Speak to be an excellent resource. She was the consultant on the TV series Ghost Whisperer. So the idea of a boy learning to deal with ghosts on his own inspired me.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

I like the idea of planning really well, so I don’t waste so much time rewriting. I write the backgrounds and motivations of the characters and I plan out each scene. But, of course, the planning rarely works out as I intend. The first version of this story was written in the viewpoint of the ghost and so there was a lot of rewriting involved.

3. Who is your favorite character in Dead Scary?

Isabel because of the prank she played at school.

4. How would you describe the perfect writing environment?

An environment without dogs, kids and phones sounds ideal, however that will never happen in my home.

5. What can readers expect from you in the future?

I have two picture books that are being illustrated. The City Dog, which is about resilience and adapting to change, might be out next year. The Brave Knight is about imaginary play and won’t be released for a couple of years. I have another series for 9 – 12 year olds in the pipeline.

6. How would you describe your writing style?

Accessible. Since my eldest son was a reluctant reader, I know the importance of encouraging those children to read. So my writing style is about being easy to read with action and humor.