ATO- Vala Kaye

Morning lovelies! #ATO tuesday is here again and we’ve got YA author Vala Kaye taking over today. She’s here talking about her YA paranormal novella Ghost Writer and the kinds of friendships that leave a mark on your heart.

Take it away Vala! 

Teen Friendships Will Leave “Footprints in Your Heart”

Not all the people you meet during your teen years will become your BFFs, but if you’re very fortunate, one or two might always be with you to share the ups and downs that happen to us as we go through life.

I have two lifetime friends who’ve definitely “left footprints” in my heart. One I met in junior high and the other in high school. One is similar to me in temperament, while the other couldn’t be more different.  We’ve shared school experiences; engagements, marriages and divorces; the birth of children; and the deaths of grandparents, parents and siblings.

Those are the big things, the huge emotional highs and lows that only time and the love and caring of family and true friends can help see you through. But we’ve also always been there for one another through the smaller things in life, everything from movie nights and mid-terms to concerts and cooking disasters.

When I was writing my YA paranormal novella, Ghost Writer, I gave my main character, Malden, a BFF named Ashley. They attend the same school and I suspect they’ve been friends most of their young lives.

When I was writing the scenes where Malden and Ashley, though physically separated by hundreds of miles, are online in their school’s student chat room, I thought about how my friends and I sound when we’re filling each other in on “the latest.” Not only do we talk about what’s happening to us and what we’re feeling, but sometimes we also pick up on what our lifetime friends aren’t saying, what they’re holding inside because they’re afraid of being embarrassed or laughed at.

Because we love them, we have to gently remind them just who they’re talking to. With a “lifetime” friend, they’re safe. And it’s okay to share anything.

“Many people will walk in and out of your life

But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”

–       Eleanor Roosevelt

 Tech-savvy teen Malden Montgomery leaves New York City anticipating nothing but boredom when her artist-mother brings her along on a two-week vacation to a family inn in rural Virginia. 

What Malden doesn’t expect is the owner’s 17-year-old son, Jackson, who is totally to-die-for cute. But does she dare believe him when he tells her that her room at the inn may be haunted by a young woman named Emily, who died there more than 150 years ago? 

Then Emily begins to communicate with Malden and she and Jackson realize they have to find a way to help Emily’s ghost come back home or risk a spirit’s wrath if they choose to leave her lost in the darkness forever.

 Growing up in Texas, Vala was an avid reader of sci-fi, romance and history.   

After graduating from college with a double major in Communications and History, Vala now works in advertising sales in southern California. In addition to her first passion, writing, she’s addicted to movies, live theater, word games and salsa dancing.

In her first published YA novella, Ghost Writer, Vala explores what happens when the human ‘spirit’ meets modern computer technology

Vala is a member of Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, LARA (Los Angeles Romance Authors). You can find her at Twitter and Facebook

There you go lovelies! hope you enjoyed that and one back for next week’s ATO!

<3 always LH


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5 Comments  to  ATO- Vala Kaye

  1. Kady Winter says:

    Love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, Vala! Really captures the spirit in your wonderful novella! I’m a huge fan of Lisa’s “Legendary,” too!

  2. So true. I have one friend that’s been with me in heart since we were 10 and 12. Good post!

    • Vala Kaye says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Susan. I think it’s so sad that some teens today feel like they don’t have any friends, much less any BFFs. They are such a treasure!

  3. Vala Kaye says:

    Thanks so much for inviting me over today, Lisa! I hope everyone who stops by today is blessed enough to have at least one BFF! <3 – Vala Kaye