Interview with Lindsey R. Loucks to talk New Release What Gifts She Carried

Today I have Lindsey R. Loucks on the blog to talk about her new release What Gifts She Carried and a few other odds and ends. Here’s some info on her book!

Title – What Gifts She Carried (The Grave Winner #2)

Author – Lindsey R. Loucks

Genre – YA Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Publisher – Crescent Moon Press

Release Date – August 15, 2014




Leigh Baxton just wants to pick up the pieces of her life—if you could call it that—but someone keeps resurrecting the dead. These new zombies have a knack for spilling Leigh’s precious blood, something she was warned about by a certain pair of undead sorceresses.

Desperate to find out why they’re here so Leigh can put the nightmares behind her, she must learn more about the gifts she carries. With Tram’s training sessions and clues from her mom’s past, Leigh begins to piece together what she’s capable of.

Too bad there isn’t a Cliff’s Notes version to saving the world.

The zombies have teamed up with followers of the darkest sorceress who ever lived, and they’ll play a wicked game until she’s freed from her prison inside the earth. When the battle to the death begins, Leigh must rely on friends, crushes, and even her enemies to win the war, but not the grave.


And now some questions for our lovely author…

Tell us a little bit about your book and what inspired it.

What Gifts She Carried is the sequel to The Grave Winner, and picks up about thirty minutes after TGW left off. The whole idea was inspired by an image of a box that I couldn’t get out of my head. It turned out that box was a casket, and that’s the opening image of TGW. The rest of the story developed inside the scary place known as my brain.

Describe your writing process.

My writing process begins by putting my butt in the chair and closing the internet—the horror! Then I slap some tape over my eyebrows so I don’t pluck them all out while I’m thinking and pound on the keyboard until something decent shows up on the screen.

What inspires you?

Everything. I take a lot of my reality and toss it into my books.

What is your favorite TV show (or movie)?

Firefly. That show neeeeeds to come back!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Today, it’s Charlie Hunnam. *drool*

Angels or zombies?

Zombies, because I can’t get enough of spooky things!

What do you like to read?

A bit of everything, really, from cereal boxes to classic literature and everything in between!

Inside the Writer’s Studio (questions I stole from Inside the Actor’s Studio)

1. What is your favorite word? Bubble.
2. What is your least favorite word? Meeting.
3. What turns you on? Intelligence.
4. What turns you off? Willful ignorance.
5. What sound do you love? Laughter.
6. What sound do you hate? Tires squealing.
7. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck.
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Literary agent.
9. What profession would you not like to do? Assembly line worker.
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Welcome to the big library in the sky! Would you like a taco while you browse?”

Thanks for chatting with us today, Lindsey! You can find more about her and her new release in the links below!

What Gifts She Carried Links:


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The Grave Winner Links:


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Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

She’s been with her significant other for almost two decades.

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