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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | The Halloween Book Trail!

The Halloween Book Trail!

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Welcome! You are following the Cemetery Path, and if you’ve never visited me before, feel free to look around. I’m the author of two YA historical novels, We Hear the Dead and The Caged Graves, and a MG fantasy series about a boy who discovers a secret day of the week hidden between Wednesday and Thursday.

HBT14-The-CemeteryIf you’re one of my regular blog visitors wondering what the heck the Cemetery Path is, you can check out the Halloween Book Trail (and its multiple paths) HERE.

And now, for the Cemetery Path questions:

1. If your MC went trick or treating, what would they dress up as and why?

The main characters of We Hear the Dead (Maggie) and The Caged Graves (Verity) lived in the mid-1800’s, before the era of trick-or-treating. So, I’ll pick Jax, the main character of The Eighth Day.

Jax has recently discovered that his ability to experience the secret day of the week comes from his lineage. He’s a descendant of one of the Knights of the Round Table. Clearly, Jax would dress up as a knight for Halloween! Jax might even choose King Arthur himself – which would annoy Jax’s 18-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare. (A plus for Jax! Annoying Riley is one of his favorite things to do.)

2. What is the most haunted place you’ve ever been to?

I don’t know if it’s haunted or not, but the creepiest place I’ve ever been is the abandoned cemetery in Catawissa, Pennsylvania where the caged graves of Sarah Ann Boone and Asenath Thomas are located. I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves.

 Asenath Thomas grave

 Sarah Ann medium size

I knew as soon as I set foot in this cemetery that I would write a novel about these graves. You can find more pictures of these graves on my Pinterest Board.

3. Please share a photo of your favorite Halloween costume you’ve worn.

This is my husband and I dressed in steampunk attire, at Dorian’s Parlor in Philadelphia, a semi-regular steampunk ball held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City.

 ready for Dorians

4. If the zombie apocalypse happened (and it will), what would be your weapon of choice?

A long distance weapon, please – to keep them as far away from me as possible! Daryl Dixon’s crossbow is pretty cool, but probably too heavy for me to lift. So I would like a high-powered rifle that fires lots and lots of rounds!

5. What is your favorite sentence/paragraph from your novel?

I’m going to choose the passage from The Eighth Day where Jax discovers the secret day for the first time. He’s riding his bike through a deserted town, wondering what happened to all the people …

He thought about zombies.

He thought about alien abduction.

He thought about Spongebob Squarepants and the episode where everybody took a bus out of town to get away from Spongebob for a day.

He thought about the old movie where Will Smith and his dog were the last creatures left on earth.

“Oh, crap!” Jax yelled, braking.

Will Smith and his dog had not been alone in that movie. There’d been other creatures that lurked in dark places and came out at night to kill …


I hope you enjoyed this stop on the Cemetery Path of the Halloween Book Trail. Please continue your journey at the blog site of Sarvenaz Tash, author of The Mapmaker and the Ghost, by clicking HERE.

14 Responses to The Halloween Book Trail!

  1. mshatch says:

    Ha! I loved that part in TED! Jax thinking the zombie apocalypse happened when in fact, it was just Grunsday 😉

  2. Those pictures are creepy.
    You look good in your costumes.
    I wouldn’t want the zombies coming close either – give me an automatic weapon or a machine gun.

  3. LOL!!! I’m loving that little excerpt. I’ve got Caged Graves on my shelf right now and can’t wait to get to it! It’s next on the list.

  4. Hilary says:

    Hi Dianne … I think I’d need a Police Box with a Dr at hand .. to ensure I kept well out of the way of all and sundry and just survived. Those graves are creepy aren’t they .. now I see caged graves I think of you … and your book. Not sure about Grunsday … but love your costumes – looks a fun time .. cheers Hilary

  5. Tiana Smith says:

    A steampunk ball???? I so wish we had one of those here.

  6. My weapon of choice for the Zombie Apocalypse is Scotty’s transporter. I’m out of here when that happens. Great Steampunk garb. I’ll bet that was a fun ball.

  7. Joanne Fritz says:

    Ha! I love the idea of Jax dressing as King Arthur just to annoy Riley!

    And those are cool costumes.

  8. Lexa Cain says:

    I love the details about Caged Graves, and Jax’s costume, and all the pics. I especially liked the steampunk pic. Your hubby must be a very good sport. 😉

  9. Julie Dao says:

    Dang! The graveyard pictures are creeping me out! I know the cages were built to keep the bodies safe from being dug up, but it’s almost as though they’re keeping US safe from the bodies. O_O And I looove your and your husband’s steampunk costumes!<3

  10. Julie Dao says:

    Ugh – I think Blogger ate my comment! But basically, I said the graveyard pictures and creepy (and those cages look like they’re keeping US safe rather than the bodies safe from being dug up O_O ) and I love your steampunk costumes! <3

  11. Sia McKye says:

    Good lord, Dianne, I have enough problems just dealing with the normal 7 days of the week. An eighth day found. Ieeeeeek–Sia runs for the hills.

    I’m not one that goes out of my way to find creepy things. Most graveyards I’ve visited have been peaceful and full of history snippets via headstones.

    Love your steampunk costume. What fun to go to a ball like that. 🙂

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  12. Fun! Love the except and I love your costumes!

  13. Steven Symes says:

    Nice costumes! I would go for a samurai sword: lightweight, unlimited killing ability, and completely silent. So you get some zombie guts on you…