Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Guest Post: Kim Baccellia, author of Crossed Out

Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families’ love for such things such as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother’s copies of the daily horoscope. She even had her own horoscope column in middle school, which was a big hit! Kim’s other works include the poem, “My Father”, which appears in the anthology Mind Mutations, published by The Sun Rising Press. Her essay about the adoption of her son, Finally, Our Turn, appeared in Adoptive Families magazine. Her YA multicultural fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea, is published by Virtual Tales and available now at Amazon. A member of SCBWI, Kim is currently writing the sequel to Crossed Out, her latest paranormal young adult fiction novel. She’s also putting the finishing touches on an upper MG fantasy No Goddesses Allowed. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
You can visit her website at www.kim-baccellia.com.

Sacramento Hauntings
Sacramento is a city filled with history.  I grew up in South Sacramento and thought I’d use the city as the setting for my paranormal CROSSED OUT.  My one side of the family came over to Sacramento in the later part of the 1800s from Italy.  My great-grandfather Francisco Baccellia had a number of saloons around the end of the 19th century.  I loved the stories my grandfather would tell me about Old Town Sacramento.  One story involved these sisters who would walk up and down the American River dressed all in black.

In keeping with the stories of Grandpa Baccellia, I thought I’d share some haunted spots:

1. Sacramento Historical Cemetery

My great-grandfather Baccellia was originally buried here but was relocated in the 1950s due to city relocation.  Most of the founding fathers were buried here.  Rumor has it that the cemetery is haunted.  If your body was moved, wouldn’t you be kind of restless?  The cemetery has annual events including a Halloween one.

2. Underground Sacramento Tunnels

Rumor has it that these forgotten tunnels were used to help transport things as the city used to flood every year before the Orville Damn was built. Lots of history here. They should be offering tours sometime soon!

3. Sacramento City Library

Rumor has it that the California Section is haunted.  There have been sightings of an old man with glasses looking over old books.   Even better they say that the underground tunnels were connected to the library.

4. The American River

This river has taken many including those who thought they could handle the currents Some say the ghost of a man who drowned in the river is said to haunt the banks.

5. And we can’t forget one of the famous ghosts: May Woolsey

May died of encephalitis September 2, 1870, just a few months before her thirteenth birthday. Some 100 years later, a trunk was found in a hidden wall that contained some of her belongings. It contained a letter, with part of the bottom of the page missing. Some feel that May was trying to contact her mother from beyond the grave. Many people say they still feel May’s presence at her gravestone.

In Crossed Out Stephanie encounters a couple of haunted places. One is a coffee house that isn’t all it seems. And another takes place on a deserted part of the McClellan Airbase. Stephanie is used to going to the sites of murdered girls. Find out more in my book available now at Amazon!


Many thanks to Kim Baccellia for this fun and fascinating post, and to Pump Up Your Book Promotions for organizing the tour!

You can view the other tour stops, as well as a Crossed Out excerpt and trailer here.

Tomorrow, August 11: Don't miss my review of Crossed Out by Kim Baccellia! 


Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Ghost stories fascinate me and these are some good ones that I haven't heard. Great post, Kim.

Anonymous said...

I loved hearing about Sacramento and its ghostly inhabitants.

But the idea of a library being connected to forgotten tunnels has 'story' written all over it. Your imagination could run wild with possibilities, couldn’t it?

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