Day 3 of the WordCrafter Where Spirits Linger Book Blog Tour
Where Spirits Linger Book Blog Tour
Inspiration for The People Upstairs
I’ve had the idea behind The People Upstairs since I was a little girl. Of course, I didn’t know then that I would someday be a writer, but the idea for this story was there none-the-less. The character of Edna is based on a real person, who was my mother’s friend and my grandmother’s housekeeper. My grandmother was blind, so Edna must have been a good housekeeper if she could pass my grandmother’s dust test. My grandmother would run her finger across a piece of furniture and feel to see if there was.
But Edna was also a little strange. She didn’t own a car and she kept a shopping cart in her back yard which she used to do her shopping. She only used three rooms on the ground floor of her two-story house for reasons that I didn’t fully understand, but she also had some very strange ideas which my mother said was paranoia. She believed there were people in the upstairs of her home, and she believed people were after her, causing her to have some very odd behaviors.
As an eight-year-old child, I enjoyed Edna’s company and she always took time to stop and talk with me whenever she was cleaning my grandmother’s house, so I grew very fond of her. I didn’t mind her strange little idiosyncrasies. Although I never actually went upstairs in her home but looking up into the darkness of the upper floor was kind of spooky. My grandmother ended up firing Edna when she became too afraid to leave her house, but my mother remained friends with her and we visited often. When Edna passed my child’s mind wondered what would happen to Edna’s house, since she didn’t have any family, and in the back of my mind I always wondered what if there really were people upstairs and Edna hadn’t been crazy at all.
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Kaye Lynne Booth lives, works, and plays in the mountains of Colorado. With a dual emphasis M.F.A. in Creative Writing, writing is more than a passion. It’s a way of life. She’s a multi-genre author, who finds inspiration from the nature around her, and her love of the old west, and other odd and quirky things which might surprise you. She has short stories featured in the following anthologies: The Collapsar Directive (“If You’re Happy and You Know It”); Relationship Add Vice (“The Devil Made Her Do It”); Nightmareland (“The Haunting in Carol’s Woods”); Whispers of the Past (“The Woman in the Water”); and Spirits of the West (“Don’t Eat the Pickled Eggs”). Her western, Delilah, her paranormal mystery novella and her short story collection, Last Call, are all available in both digital and print editions.
In her spare time, she keeps up her author’s blog, Writing to be Read, where she posts reflections on her own writing, author interviews and book reviews, along with writing tips and inspirational posts from fellow writers. She’s also the founder of WordCrafter. In addition to creating her own imprint in WordCrafter Press, she offers quality author services, such as editing, social media & book promotion, and online writing courses through WordCrafter Quality Writing & Author Services. When not writing or editing, she is bird watching, or hiking, or just soaking up some of that Colorado sunshine.
Blog – Writing to be Read: writingtoberead.com
Website – WordCrafter: https://kayebooth.wixsite.com/wordcrafter