Spell Casting and Ghosts: Researching The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley

This week, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for author K.C. Tansley’s new book The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.  The book hooked me from the first page and took me on a whirlwind ride filled with ghosts, a gruesome murder and a terrible curse.  When K.C. told me that she’d learned how to cast spells in preparation for writing the book, I wanted to know more.  So, over to Kourtney:

When I decided to write a book about the supernatural, I didn’t want to wing it. I’d had some premonitions and some ghostly encounters, but I’d never cast a spell. Never tried to break a curse.

The-Girl-Who-Ignored-Ghosts11My writing process requires that I experience what my character is doing or come as close to it as I can before I write it. That’s just how I do it. So I did what any good writer would do. I started researching it. I read dozens of books on spell casting and witchcraft. They all started at the same point, meditation as a gateway to spell casting, but none of their explanations of meditation made sense to me.

I put them down and wondered how I was ever going to tell this story. If I couldn’t get meditating down, I couldn’t learn any of the way cooler stuff. And if I couldn’t experience it, how was I going to write it? I kept pushing onward, picking up one more book and hoping that this method would click. And it did.

Laurie Cabot’s Power of the Witch made sense to me. I finally learned how to meditate. Hurdle one was down. I powered through her book. It explained how belief fuels reality. If you believe something strongly enough you can bring it into being. So wishes come true because your mind is focused and clear in its request.

I learned how to cast a circle because for spell casting it’s important to be in a protected space. The ingredients for a spell are almost like a recipe for a meal. Combine the right elements and it all goes great. Don’t and you’ve got a dud. I learned about the energies of rocks, herbs, and oils just like Kat does in the book. Spells use different ingredients to help focus your mind and draw more energy to go into your spell.

p1240672Once I’d learned all I could from books I went to Salem, MA, and took workshops with Laurie Cabot. It was an incredible experience. We learned about the power of intent. Thoughts and words are very powerful. You have to be careful what you ask for and what you put out into the world because it can manifest. Send out hatred and it manifests. Send out love and it manifests.

We did a crystal gazing exercise where you asked a question and the other person had to look into the crystal and see something. They would let their mind relax and suddenly see something in the crystal. It could anything like a skull, a bird, or a star. Some image would take shape before their eyes. This was the response to your question.

We learned about how there are signs all around us if we just pay attention. And nudges. You know when you feel a nudge to do or not do something? Listen to it.

We did a meditation exercise where we were randomly partnered with someone we didn’t know in the group. I had privately written down the name and physical description of a friend with an ailment. I then counted my partner into a meditation and only gave him the person’s name and age and location. He had to visualize the person. My partner was remarkably accurate in his description of the person. My partner even picked up on ailments that we later discovered my friend had.

I can’t explain how my partner did it, but to say that there is some magic in this world.

Personally, I love thinking that the world we live in isn’t as ordinary as we think. That there is magic all around us, if we just pay attention. And that where my tagline came from: believing in the unbelievables.

Because I do. Do you?

About The Book

The-Girl-Who-Ignored-Ghosts11In The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally time travels to 1886 Connecticut, where she must share a body with a rebellious Victorian lady, prevent a gruesome wedding night murder, disprove a deadly family curse, and find a way back to her own time.


p1240672K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

Social Media

Website: http://kctansley.comhttp://kctansley.com

Blog: http://kourtneyheintz.wordpress.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KourHei

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13530245.K_C_Tansley

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Ignored-Ghosts-Unbelievables-Book-ebook/dp/B00WZOJ028/ref=la_B00X369K3G_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434139756&sr=1-1

93 thoughts on “Spell Casting and Ghosts: Researching The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley

    • LOL. I have to admit, I’ve always been intrigued by witchcraft and supernatural stuff. It was really fun to dig into this research. Aw thank you so much. Cast away! I really appreciate it.

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  1. This is a great review, thanks Andrea. I (personally) have a lot of difficulty with the idea that ” belief fuels reality”. It’s another version of Descartes’ “I think therefore I am” which I consider a nonsense, and still yet another version of “Believe in the Lord Jesus and be saved”. We hear this all the time… believe that you can do it and you will. At best, it can boost confidence but (in my opinion) has little to do with hard reality! If I want to be a high jumper (or a writer) I have to practice as well as believe.


    • Thanks Bruce – I don’t have much truck with blind belief and books like The Secret that say you can have anything you want if you only believe. What witchcraft teaches along with intent and belief is action – you have to take action in the real world for anything you do in the world of magic to have a chance.

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      • I have to second what Andrea said. Blind belief does not make things happen. But a focused belief and an intent and an action combine to make things more likely to happen.

        What I am playing with in the story is how people’s beliefs color their reality.

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  2. I love research, learning etc and can imagine it would have been near impossible to write this book without that level of dedication Kourtney. I am so looking forward to reading your book!


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  4. This is just too much fun. Yes, yes, I’m in! I don’t usually read Y.A., but this book entices me. Have you read A Discovery of Witches, by the way? Great explanations of spells and everything witching. Excellent fiction. I find it fascinating how you take meditation into witchcraft. Wonderful.


  5. How fascinating, Kourtney. Your preparation for writing this novel makes my past prep activities sound most tame i.e. having a few sessions learning how to cast a falcon, some archery (not that successful), and a musical session with some Troubadours. Learning how to cast spells would have come in useful, although I wouldn’t have wanted to go as far as raising an army of the undead, as my Sorceress did in this particular novel.
    Thanks, Andrea, for introducing Kourtney — although her name is familiar to me, I think. Must check out her novels, especially now I know what close attention she gives to her research.

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    • Sarah, her adult novel Six Train to Wisconsin is definitely worth a read too. I think you both put me to shame as far as research goes – I guess my first novel didn’t need much research as I already knew a lot about the subject – that’s my excuse anyway 🙂

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    • I think that’s amazing research that you did. I wanted to figure out how it would feel for someone who was coming into this as a total newbie. I figured me learning spell casting was the best way to approximate it for Kat.

      Yes, definitely don’t try to raise an army of the undead–for all our sakes. 🙂

      I ❤ Andrea!

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  6. I’m enjoying reading about your experiences in our blogging circle, Kourtney. And yes, I do believe in the unbelievables (nice tag line). What you wrote here reminds me of a quote by Marianne Williamson. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Good job with the blog tour.

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      • Aw thank you Andrea. I really wanted to tie the tour to the book. Sometimes it took me a week to come up with a topic. Other times, 5 would spring to mind and I’d store them for later. 😉

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    • Thanks Lori! I tried to come up with something that could encapsulate all my work–both adult and YA. Believing in the unbeleivables hits on both, but especially near to my YA worldbuilding. What a great quote. Thanks. I’ve been trying to get out as much as I can online the past two weeks. 🙂

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  7. I love that you learned how to cast spells, Kourtney. Your description of your experience and what you learned brings to mind the concept behind The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne. I am a total believer in what you put out into the universe comes back to you, and that fully intentioned wishing can come true. The slightest doubt or hesitation can stop a wish in its tracks.

    So excited to read your book!

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    • I tried to create the posts to complement the book. To give readers a little taste of the book and reveal something about the writing process. Backstories are so cool. I’m always wondering how an author did something or why they picked something or what inspired something. Aw thank you for reading it and coming along for the blog tour! 🙂

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  9. Hi Andrea and KC! Great to see you here KC over at Andrea’s wonderful site! Many congratulations again on a wonderful book tour, great to read more about your writing process and research. Fascinating, all of it. And as before, I am very much looking forward to reading your book as soon as I can!


  10. Thanks for sharing this most intriguing review, Andrea and good heavens Kourtney, you did your research! Love it how you dived right into it! And how does it feel to be so empowered once you know how life works 😉
    I’m a strong believer of focused intention and visualization by personal experience. When I was a kid I often unintentionally (didn’t even know what I was doing) ‘dreamed’ my intentions into reality. This may not directly have anything to do with casting spells but it IS magical. And so I often ask myself; what if it was just part of the natural instead of what we call ‘super’natural? 😉
    The girl on the cover looks a lot like you, Kourtney… 🙂

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    • LOL. I really enjoyed this research, Karin! I always see things happening before they happen. I see what I want and then I take action to get there. I definitely believe in focused intention and visualization as key in helping me reach my goals. It actually does. When you want something, you have to focus your mind. All the ingredients in the spell echo that intention and build the energy toward one focused intention. This concept has a lot to do with casting a spell.

      Aw thank you. I think she’s what I wished I looked like when I was younger. 🙂

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  11. I enjoyed reading your approach to meditation and the “unbelievables,” Andrea. The power of intent is an enlightening philosophy, how wonderful that you opened up your world.


  12. I believe in using “the secret” and have often imagined a bubble to protect me and my family. It has worked so far. 🙂 I never thought of the connection to that kind of use of intentions and spells by witches. It’s kind of creepy. I bet I would love to read the book.


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