Jessica Verday: Friday in the Fort

About THE HAUNTED: An impossible truth. An impossible love.

After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with--the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead--Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into her schoolwork, her perfume-making, and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be her ticket to getting over Caspian once and for all.

But Abbey can never get over Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side, for Caspian is a Shade, and Abbey is his destiny. They are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow, and to the famous legend that binds their fates--a legend whose dark truths they are only beginning to guess....

About Jessica Verday: Jessica Verday writes the first drafts of her novels by hand, using spiral-bound notebooks and black pens. She likes: things that smell nice, rainy nights, old books, cemeteries, Johnny Cash, zombie movies, L.J. Smith books, abandoned buildings, trains, and snow. She is currently hand-writing the continuation of Abbey and Caspian's story from her home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Find out more at jessicaverday.com.

Best Halloween candy to receive? Worst?
Best: Twix Worst: Smarties

Favorite Halloween party game?
bobbing for apples

Witch, ghost or monster (costume)?

Trick or treat before dark, or after?

Plastic pumpkin or pillowcase?

Favorite drink to warm up with after trick-or-treating?
hot apple cider

Ghost story or no? Do you remember any favorites from your past?
ghost story - especially any one involving an axe murderer, a man with a hook hand, or urban legends.

Slumber party - truth? Or dare?
Truth. I'm always too chicken for dare.

What spooky singer/musician/band is a must have for The Fort soundtrack?
HIM - excellent gothic, moody overtones

What scary movie would you bring to watch?
28 Days Later

Who's the ideal male mascot for The Fort and why?
James Marsters - hello, how can you go wrong with Spike??

Marshmallows, lightly toasted or burned to a crisp?
burned to a crisp

Awake all night or first one to sleep?
first one to sleep

If awake all night, innocent practical joke or no?
Even though I'd usually fall asleep right away, my plans always involved the hand in warm water trick, and underwear full of shaving cream.

If you could have any YA author visit the fort and tell stories, who would it be and what story would you ask them to tell?
I'd love for L.J. Smith to come and visit and tell some ghost stories!

Thanks for visiting, Jessica! I'm celebrating the fact that THE HAUNTED debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list and Halloweeeeeeen by giving away the first book in the trilogy, THE HOLLOW. Just follow and comment to win, and check back next week for A GINORMOUS Contest Clean Up post!


  1. Awesome interview! And I love James Masters!

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  2. I agree with Jessica, Twix are definitely the best Halloween candy.

    Thanks so much!


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