It’s Friday! Time for my blog feature, Building Character in which you get to meet characters from a book. Talking to a character outside of their book is fun! Huge. Amounts. Of fun.
This week Strands of Thought plays host to Kacie Ramsey from Tortured Souls. Great of you to join us, Kacie. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself, please?
My name is Kacie Ramsey, and I see dead people. Yep, I'm a physical medium, been told I'm quite powerful. I'm a fifteen-year-old high school sophomore. I love acting, especially musical theater. This semester I'm starring in the school musical Anything Goes. Though I love drama, that love is limited to the stage. My life is so full of drama at times, and it drives me crazy. I'm a member of the Orion Circle, an elite club of paranormal hunters. I have an awesome boyfriend, Logan, who is also a physical medium.
Wow. That sounds like a tough talent to have. Within all of that, can you tell us what conflict you’re up against?
Maybe a better question would be what conflict am I not up against. Homicidal ghost, Mommy issues, crazy innkeepers, out of control powers—yet all that is eclipsed by the souls of those poor, trapped children.
Trapped children? Oh my.
Can you share with us what you’ve learned about yourself or friend or family while trying to resolve your conflict?
I learned that my dad really does love me. I spent so much of the last six years thinking he hated me—no not hate… that he merely tolerated my presence. See Dad’s a skeptic and never believed I could see spirits. He blamed me when my mother walked out on us six years ago. The fact that he’s willing to support me and take a leap of faith means the world to me. I just wish I’d confronted him sooner…
Oh, jeez, Kacie. It sounds like you are hinting at something important there. Maybe we can lighten the mood. Tell us about your best friend.
My best friend is Celia. She and I met in elementary school seven years ago. Our friendship turned into something closer to sisterhood after her brush with a mischievous spirit. Celia is everything I’m not: outgoing, perky, and utterly boy-crazy.
What are your three favorite leisure activities?
I love running, musical theater, and video games.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Well, I used to want to be a famous actress, but it occurred to me that I’d hate the paparazzi, not to mention constantly being in the public eye. So, my second love is animals. I want to be a marine biologist or a zoologist, not sure which yet. I still have two more years until college to decide. Whatever I do, I’ll continue to help spirits in need.
I agree that fame seems like a bad deal. Before we say goodbye, do you have any words of wisdom to share with our readers?
You must learn to accept who you are and be true to yourself. When I suppressed my psychic abilities, it ultimately created more problems than it solved. I was miserable pretending to be okay when I wasn’t. It wasn’t fair to me or the people I cared about.
Great advice, Kacie. Thank you for visiting with us today. Readers, here is more information about Kacie’s story: Tortured Souls
Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option
Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.
When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.
But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.
Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.
And now some information on Kacie’s author:
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.