Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blog Tour: Halloween Kentucky Style

I am pleased to be partnering with a new to me publishing company, Diversion Press, for some blog tours this month and next.  Hopefully it's the start of a great relationship!  Today's guest is Charles Suddeth, author of the book, Halloween Kentucky Style.

Although he was born in Indiana and grew up in Michigan, he has spent most of his life in Kentucky. He lives in Louisville with his two cats, Binks and Wendy (Wendy says it should be Wendy and Binks). He is a graduate of Michigan State University. He has also done graduate work at MSU, Spalding University, and the University of Louisville. He is a member of Green River Writers of Louisville, a PAL member of SCBWI (children’s books writers and illustrators), and is active in the Midsouth division (Kentucky and Tennessee).

About Halloween Kentucky Style:  For Halloween 1959, best friends Mike and Timmy try to scare their cousins, Alice and Rose. The trick’s on them when a homeless man and their younger neighbor team up to give them a Halloween scare that they will never forget! It’s Halloween Kentucky Style!

Stats on Halloween Kentucky Style:

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Press, Inc. (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English

For today's tour stop, I asked Charles to tell us the back story of Halloween Kentucky Style.  Here is what he had to say:

The Birth of Halloween Kentucky Style

I write for only one reason. Joy! I love writing stories, and I want kids to love reading. Once reading becomes fun, they will read more and read better and exercise their minds. Halloween is my favorite holiday. It’s dark and scary so thoroughly mixed up with fun and silly that you can’t tell one from the other. And you don’t want to.

“Halloween Kentucky Style” is not true but….Some of the people, places, and events bear ghostly resemblances to some real ones. And horses? While I live in the suburbs, and I’m not a horse person, I love the critters. And what would a story taking place in Kentucky be without them? 1959? It was a simpler time. And Halloween 1959 fell on Saturday, which is the perfect day for Halloween because school is out. Boo!

Charles Suddeth

I hope that you will visit the other stops on Charles' tour and look for more Diversion Press tour stops and authors on the blog, in the future.

Diversion Press April 25
Buried in Books http://wwwburiedinbooks.blogspot.com April 26

Tales from the Bayou http://ritamonette.blogspot.com May 3

Outrageously Wonderful Literature From the Middle Grades http://owlforya.blogspot.com/  May 10


Rita Monette, Writer said...

Nice post Shelli, Shelly. Wish you all the luck in the world on your book, Chuck.

Charles said...

Thank you, and I'd like to thank Shelly for this great blog.

Gretchen said...

What a fun post! Looking forward to the next stop, Chuck!

Antonio Thompson said...

Hi Shelly and Chuck,

Shelly, the site looks great today. I was just checking in on my blog tour stop and thought I would say hi to everyone here as well.

Chuck I had a lot of fun meeting you and spending the day together in Maysville. Perhaps we can get over to Waverly (for those who may not know the haunted former sanitarium) in Louisville, KY. It could be the start of another Halloween book!

Have a great day.

The Lemming Review said...

Thank you for writing this book Charles! It is the right amount of scary for my 10 year old and the right amount of fun for my other two younger children. We will definitely be reading it for this year's October reading! Everyone should get a copy--even adults. It will remind you of things that you might have done or wanted to do on Halloween. Shelly, thank you for hosting Charles! The blog looks great!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing. My girlfriend and I are already planning what we are going to be doing with the kids for Halloween. We are going to add this to our list.

Charles said...

I would like to thank everyone for their comments. It's always great to hear from people. Writing is not any fun unless you can share it with others.
Charles Suddeth

Sean McHugh said...

I love this book!! Halloween is my favorite holiday too! I love Christmas and what it's supposed to be, but with it usually comes stress and sadness too. Halloween is just fun! Whether your a kid or a kid at heart, you will love this book!

kparker said...

Nice meeting you in Maysville! Great book!

Terry said...

This is my kind of book - I'm going to have to get it!

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